The Weekend Box offers for your consideration 4,850 age groupers in Milwaukee, a Super Sprint showdown, more ITU World Cup love for sprints at Tizzy, fine runners catching the prize at Steelhead and off road adventures in the Czech Republic.
Sara McLarty and Jarrod Shoemaker win USAT Super Sprint Series race
Elite pros Sara McLarty and Jarrod Shoemaker took top honors at the USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series Milwaukee which was held in conjunction with the USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals to showcase elite and junior elite triathletes – and introduce an exciting new sprint format – for the age group athletes.
The very short format, high-speed races allowed junior elites to compete with seasoned ITU elites on a more equal basis. The races were held on the grounds of the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World and included two laps of the same course which included a 325-meter swim, a 4 kilometer bike and a 1.5 kilometer run.
In the women's race, multiple Super Sprint winner and top competitor Sara McLarty used her swim and bike skills to carve out an early lead on lap one and withstood the counterattack of Abby Geurink on the run. On lap two, McLarty repeated the pattern and crossed the finish line in a time of 37:51 with a 40 seconds margin of victory over Geurink and 2:26 over 3rd place finisher Zara Guinard.
”The crowds were amazing,” said McLarty. “They planned this out perfectly with nationals and everybody stuck around and lined the entire course —5 or 10 deep in places. The other thing for me was seeing all the future junior girls who are our next generation of pros, and it’s fantastic to see them out there doing great.”
In the men’s race, the field stuck together in one large pack through the first lap. On the second lap, Jarrod Shoemaker and Darr Smith broke away and stayed with one other until the final transition to the run when Shoemaker surged into the lead. . Shoemaker finished in 33:19 with a 5 seconds margin of victory over Smith and 17 seconds over 3rd place finisher Alex Libin.
“It was great because people could hang around after their race or when they dropped of their bikes,” Shoemaker said. “It’s an absolutely beautiful venue. It was hard; it was fun; it was fast. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more.”
The USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series was launched in 2013 to showcase the slam-bang excitement of the old Australian Formula One series in a new, reborn organization. The next race in the 2014 series will be held September 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada under the lights.
USA Triathlon Super Sprint Series Milwaukee
August 9, 2014
2 times S 325m / B 4k / R 1.5k
1. Sara McLarty (Clermont FL) 37:51 - $1,450
2. Abby Geurink (Hudsonville MI) 38:31 - $600
3. Zara Guinard (Salt Lake City UT) 40:17 -- $425
4. Samantha Kennedy (East Lansing MI) 40:35
5. Savannah Wayner (AUS) 40:51
1. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont FL) 33:19 -- $1,450
2. Darr Smith (Hudsonville MI) 33:24 - $600
3. Alex Libin (Colorado Springs CO) 33:36 - $425
4. Ben Collins (Chicago IL) 34:01
5. Andrew Starykowicz (Wauconda IL) 34:06
Steve Mantell, Heather Lendway win Olympic distance AG Nationals overall
Age group triathletes Steve Mantell and Heather Lendway topped a field of nearly 3,100 competitors to win the overall titles at the USA Triathlon Olympic distance Age Group nationals Saturday in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Steve Mantell of Fort Collins, Colorado avenged his second place finish to Colin Riley last year with a 1:50:59 finish time which also brought him which was 1:03 better than his time last year. Mantell finished 46 seconds ahead of runner-up Mark Harms of Madison, Wisconsin, who won the men’s 35-39 title. James Burke of Middleton, Wisconsin placed 3rd overall and took 2nd in the men’s 35-39 category, 21 seconds behind Harms.
“It’s really flattering [to win],” Mantell said. “But it’s consistency and hard work throughout the year. I give big thanks to my teammates at Every Man Jack and coaches who really push me in all our workout sessions and don’t let me slack off. It’s a big milestone and I’m proud.”
Lendway, of St. Paul, Minnesota posted a time of 2:05:07 which gave her a second straight women's overall title and women's 30-34 win. Lendway had a 28 seconds margin of victory on overall women's runner-up Dani Fischer of Wausau, Wisconsin, who won the women's 25-29 category, and a 1:31 advantage on 3rd place overall finisher and women's 35-39 winner Jennifer Garrison of Naperville, Illinois.
“I was hoping to (defend),” said Lendway. “I came in expecting to do well in the swim and the bike and hoping to do a little better on the run.” Indeed, Lendway’s 2014 10k run split was 42:27, 27 seconds better than her effort the year before and her overall time was 30 seconds better than her 2013 mark.
“The national championships are becoming more and more competitive every year,” Harms said. “This is my ninth year doing this and it keeps getting higher and higher caliber athletes every year.”
USAT Age Group Olympic Distance National Championship
August 9, 2014
S 1.5k / B 40k / R 10k
1. Steve Mantell (Fort Collins CO) 1:50:59
2. Mark Harms (Madison WI) 1:51:45
3. James Burke (Middleton WI) 1:52:06
4. Ian Boggs (Zionsville IN) 1:52:09
5. Justin Galbraith (Coatesville PA) 1:52:37
Age Group Men winners
M 16-19 Connor Weaver (Parker CO) 1:58:04
M 20-24 Steve Mantell (Fort Collins CO) 1:50:59
M 25-29 Justin Galbraith (Coatesville PA) 1:52:37
M 30-34 Mark Tripp (Redondo Beach CA) 1:54:24
M 35-39 Mark Harms (Madison WI) 1:51:45
M 40-44 Christopher Thomas (Easton CT) 1:56:06
M 45-49 Doug Clark (Mendham NJ) 1:56:16
M 50-54 Michael Smith (Brownsburg IN) 2:02:10
M 55-59 Anthony Schiller (Eden Prairie MN) 2:05:06
M 60-64 Gregory Taylor (Yankton SD) 2:09:06
M 65-69 Freddy Ferraro (Austin TX) 2:16:58
M 70-74 David Roadhouse (Wilmette IL) 2:27:15
M 75-79 Jon Adamson (Alpharetta GA) 2:48:09
M 80-84 Bob Scott (Naperville IL) 3:05:32
Age Group Women Overall
1. Heather Lendway (St. Paul MN) 2:05:07
2. Dani Fischer (Wausau WI) 2:05:35
3. Jennifer Garrison (Naperville IL) 2:06:38
4. Rachel Lenz (Littleton CO) 2:07:14
5. Meghan Degan (Marietta GA) 2:07:40
Age Group Women Winners
F 16-19 Emma Langley (Cos Cob CT) 2:15:36
F 20-24 Rachel Lenz (Littleton CO) 2:07:14
F 25-29 Dani Fischer (Wausau WI) 2:05:35
F 30-34 Heather Lendway (St Paul MN) 2:05:06
F 35-39 Jennifer Garrison (Naperville IL) 2:06:38
F 40-44 Susanne Davis (Carlsbad CA) 2:08:38
F 45-49 Steph Popelar (Parker CO) 2:10:58
F 50-54 Kelly Dippold (Overland Park KS) 2:11:42
F 55-59 Donna Smyers (Adamant VT) 2:17:59
F 60-64 Karen McKeachie (Ann Arbor MI) 2:25:04
F 65-69 Nancy Avitabile (Bethesda MD) 2:44:25
F 70-74 Elizabeth Brackett (Chicago IL) 3:00:28
F 75-79 Graciela Val (Evanston IL) 3:27:00
Taylor Knibb and Mike Meehan win Sprint Distance AG Nationals
Young Taylor Knibb of Washington D.C. and Mike Meehan of Allison Park, Pennsylvania won the overall titles at the USA Triathlon Sprint National Championship Sunday in Milwaukee.
Knibb, who also won the 15-19 age category, finished in 1 hour 2 minutes 53 seconds to top overall runner-up and 25-29 age group champion Dani Fischer of Wausau, Wisconsin by 1:52, Adrienne LeBlanc of Scottsdale, Arizona finished 3rd overall and won 45-49, trailing Knibb by 2:06.
“It was just a lot of fun,” said Knibb after the race. “I am very fortunate to be able to race a lot of different races in a lot of different places. I didn’t really know [if winning was possible] because you can control what you can control and who shows up isn’t in your control.”
Mike Meehan of Allison Park, Pennsylvania won the overall title and the men’s 20-24 category in a time of 58:29. His margin of victory over the overall runner-up and male 25-29 winner Kevin Denny of Lee’s Summit, Missouri was 18 seconds. Matthew Payne of Columbia Heights, Minnesota placed 3rd overall and won the men’s 35-39 age group 1:02 back of Meehan.
"I heard that all the guys were right in front of me, so I just kept on pushing really hard on the bike," said Meehan. "I’m very happy – this is probably my biggest victory that I've had."
Meehan topped a field of 1,750 competitors in the sprint championship, the final event of the two-day USA Triathlon National Age Group Championships.
August 10, 2014
S .75k / B 20k / R 5k
Top 3 Overall Men
1. Mike Meehan (Allison Park PA) 58:29
2. Kevin Denny (Lee’s Summit MO) 58:47
3. Matthew Payne (Columbia Heights MN) 59:31
Sprint Age Group Men Winners
M 15-19 Griffin Bailey (St. Louis MO) 59:48
M 20-24 Mike Meehan (Allison Park PA) 58:29
M 25-29 Kevin Denny (Lee’s Summit MO) 58:47
M 30-34 Jeremy Lindauer (Fishers IN) 1:01:14
M 35-39 Matthew Payne (Columbia Heights MN) 59:31
M 40-44 David Slavinski (Point Pleasant NJ) 1:01:25
M 45-49 Brian Francis (Ann Arbor MI) 1:02:17
M 50-54 Bobby Gonzalez (El Paso TX) 1:04:39
M 55-59 Tony Schiller (Eden Prairie MN) 1:04:58
M 60-64 Michael Orendorff (Pueblo CO) 1:08:48
M 65-69 Mike McDowell (Swartz Creek MI) 1:13:33
M 70-74 Tony Marshall (Carlsbad CA) 1:19:20
M 75-79 Donald Ardell (St. Petersburg FL) 1:25:34
M 80-84 Brad Leonard (Missoula MT) 2:08:25
M 85-89 Robert McKeague (Villa Park IL) 2:00:02
Sprint Top 3 Overall Women
1. Taylor Knibb (Washington DC) 1:02:53
2. Dani Fischer (Wausau WI) 1:04:45
3. Adrienne LeBlanc (Scottsdale AZ) 1:04:59
Female Age Group Winners
F 15-19 Taylor Knibb (Washington DC) 1:02:53
F 20-24 Laura Matthews (Memphis TN) 1:09:34
F25-29 Dani Fischer (Wausau WI) 1:04:45
F30-34 Erika Hachmeister (Corning NY) 1:07:36
F35-39 Kirsten Sass McKenzie TN) 1:05:58
F40-44 Heather Westerman (Ligonier PA) 1:09:07
F45-49 Adrienne LeBlanc (Scottsdale AZ) 1:04:59
F50-54 Kelly Dippold (Overland Park KS) 1:08:24
F55-59 Lorrie Beck (Williamstown NJ) 1:14:49
F60-64 Karen McKeachie (Ann Arbor MI) 1:15:48
F65-69 Lynda Lubelczyk (Manchester NH) 1:23:52
F 70-74 Keysoon Lee (Morristown NJ) 1:38:31
F75-79 Sheila Isaacs (Shoreham NY) 2:00:05
F80-84 Joanne Rooney (Arlington Heights IL) 2:34:20
Akos Vanek and Rachel Klamer win Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup Sprint
In yet another sign that the ITU is innovating and elevating the sprint distance in prestige, the Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup offered $60,000 prize money for this long established 17th annual Hungarian World Cup event.
In another departure from World Cup tradition, Tiszaujvaros structured this event around semi-final eliminations on Saturday leading to finals on Sunday over the half-Olympic distance.
In Sunday’s finals, little-known contenders filled the men’s podium in an exciting, eyelash-close finish as Akos Vanek of Hungary won $7,500 and crossed the line in a time of 53:51 – one second ahead of Rostyslav Pevtsov of the Ukraine and 2 seconds ahead of Gabor Faldum of Hungary. Well-known ITU World Triathlon Series veteran Dmitry Polyanskiy of Russia finished 6th, 13 seconds back of the winner.
In the women’s final, ITU World Triathlon Series veteran Rachel Klamer of the Netherlands finished first in 59:31, 7 seconds ahead of Margit Vanek of Hungary and 15 seconds ahead of 3rd place finisher Pamela Oliveira of Brazil.
“My run was really, really hard and I’m completely smashed,” said Klamer. “But it’s awesome to win it. After [the semifinals] yesterday I thought it wasn’t very hard, or at least not the run. This morning I thought, ‘this is going to be really tough’, but I made it.”
U.S. newcomer Lindsey Jerdonek continued her promising summer ITU results with a 5th place finish, 19 seconds behind the winner.
Tiszaujvaros ITU Triathlon World Cup Sprint
August 10, 2014
S 750m / B 20k / R 10k
1. Akos Vanek (HUN) 53:51
2. Rostyslav Pevtsov (ITU) 53:52
3. Gabor Faldum (HUN) 53:53
4. Davide Uccellari (ITA) 53:58
5. Alessandro Fabian (ITA) 54:01
6. Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS) 54:04
25. Sean Jefferson (USA) 55:05
26. Ben Kanute (USA) 55:17
1. Rachel Klamer (NED) 59:31
2. Margit Vanek (HUN) 59:38
3. Pamela Oliveira (BRA) 59:45
4. Zsofia Kovacs (HUN) 59:47
5. Lindsey Jerdonek (USA) 59:50
Ruzafa and Müller win XTERRA Czech Republic Championship
Ruben Ruzafa of Spain, the two-time and reigning XTERRA World Champion, smashed a strong field at the XTERRA Czech Republic championship and with this, his perfect sixth-straight victory, wrapped up the 2014 XTERRA European Tour men’s tile.
With her comfortable 5-minutes margin of victory Saturday, Germany’s Kathrin Müller increased her XTERRA European Tour lead to 572 to 535 points over the Czech Republic’s Helena Erbenova.
Ruzafa’s XTERRA win streak is now at seven races, starting with the XTERRA World Championship at Maui last October and including a perfect slate of six wins at XTERRAs in Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, France, Italy and the Czech Republic.
While Ben Allen and Braden Currie led the swim, Ruben Ruzafa soon charged into the lead and Currie made a brave attempt to stay around. Alexander Haas tried for a pass on U.S. star Josiah Middaugh who had joined the party at the front, but Haas crashed with a what appeared to be a broken shoulder. Middaugh and Allen hung close to Ruzafa through the first lap, but the Spaniard unleashed his pro mountain biking skills on lap two and put the race out of reach until he crossed the line in 2:40:44 with a 3 minute 9 seconds margin of victory over the American and 6 minutes 41 seconds over 3rd place finisher Allen.
Kathrin Müller won wire to wire for her 4th XTERRA European Tour victory of the season. Müller actually emerged from the swim ahead of men’s podium finishers Ruzafa and Middaugh with Jacqui Slack trailing by a significant distance, the second woman out of the swim. Home country favorite Helenova Erbenova was well back on the swim, charged hard throughout the bike and run, but could never catch Slack.
Müller finished in 3:05:18 with a 5:05 margin of victory over Slack and 7:40 over 3rd place finisher Erbenova.
XTERRA Czech Republic Championship
Prachatice, Czech Republic
August 9, 2014
1. Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) 2:40:44
2. Josiah Middaugh (USA) 2:43:53
3. Ben Allen (AUS) 2:47:25
4. Braden Currie (NZL) 2:48:24
5. Jan Kubicek (CZE) 2:54:06
1. Kathrin Müller (GER) 3:05:18
2. Jacqui Slack (GBR) 3:10:23
3. Helena Erbenova (CZE) 3:12:58
4. Carina Wasle (AUT) 3:14:40
5. Renata Bucher (SUI) 3:16:20
Lionel Sanders and Caitlin Snow win Ironman 70.3 Steelhead on the run
Lionel Sanders of Canada and Caitlin Snow of the U.S. both ran their way to dominating victories at Ironman 70.3 Steelhead.
Sanders, who has made his mark on 70.3 racing the past two years with the best run splits in the game, had a nice duel with Igor Amorelli of Brazil in the first two legs. Amorelli led the swim with a 25:00 split that just edged James Cotter of New Zealand by 6 seconds and a pack of Mario de Elias, Phillip Podsiedlik, Wes Anderson and Justin Metzler by two and a half minutes. Sanders was 8th and trailed by 4:42.
Sanders, whose bike prowess is nearly as fearsome as his run, caught Amorelli with a race-best 2:00:41 bike leg that bested the Brazilian by precisely 4:41 and left everyone else out of contention. Whereupon the Canadian with winged feet unleashed a race-best 1:12:36 run split – ironically his worst in a year – which was 9 minutes 36 seconds better than Amorelli and anywhere from 2:10 to 4:29 better than the 3rd through 8th overall finishers who fell back either on the swim or the bike.
Sanders finished in 3:46:13 with a 9:47 margin of victory over Amorelli and 9:56 over 3rd place finisher Daniel Stubelski. The win adds to Sanders’ sparkling recent resume – 1st at the 2013 Muskoka 70.3 with a 1:10:58 run, 1st at 2014 Muncie 70.3 with a 1:10:54 run, 2nd at Syracuse 70.3 with a 1:09:55 run and 2nd at Raleigh 70.3 with a 1:09:56 run.
Caitlin Snow did not have to start her day with a big deficit as she swam 28:39 which was just 13 seconds behind Ashley Clifford, 2 seconds ahead of Miranda Tomenson, 44 seconds ahead of Sarah Cameto, and 1:29 ahead of Jeanni Seymour.
After her 3rd-fastest 2:25:30 bike split, Snow was 3rd, 2:37 back of Seymour (race-best 2:21:32 bike split) and 10 seconds behind Ashley Clifford (2:25:27 bike split) and 1:14 ahead of Sarah Cameto.
At Mile 6.6 of the run, Snow had taken control and held a 2:46 lead on Seymour and 3:08 on Clifford. After her women’s race-fastest 1:20:25 run, Snow crossed the line in 4:18:17 with a 7:09 margin of victory over Clifford (1:27:26 run) and 11:21 over 3rd-place finisher Seymour (1:34:09 run).
Snow continues on an impressive path that includes 6th at Kona last October, 5th at Oceanside 70.3, 1st at Florida 70.3 , 2nd at Ironman Nice and 2nd at Eagleman 70.3 which she finished off with a stellar 1:18:57 run.
Ironman 70.3 Steelhead
Benton Harbor, Michigan
August 10, 2014
S 1.2 mi. / B 56 mi. / R 13.1 mi.
1. Caitlin Snow (USA) 4:18:17
2. Ashley Clifford (USA) 4:25:26
3. Jeanni Seymour (ZAF) 4:29:38
3. Sarah Cameto (USA) 4:30:32
5. Miranda Tomenson (CAN) 4:36:01
1. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:46:13
2. Igor Amorelli (BRA) 3:56:00
3. Daniel Stubelski (USA) 3:56:09 * M35-39
4. Mario de Elias (ARG) 3:58:37
5. Justin Metzler (USA) 3:58:52
Yvonne Timewell, a 46-year-old Canadian, sets records at Ultraman Canada
Apologies for missing last weekend’s Ultraman Canada heroics, but the performance of Yvonne Timewell of Kamloops, British Columbia deserves our belated recognition.
In her first Ultraman contest, Timewell broke Consuela Lively’s 145-kilometer first day bike leg record by 12:50 with a time of 4:44:05. On Day 2, Timewell broke Ultraman Hawaii race record holder Amber Monforte’s 273.5 kilometer bike split record by 10:44 with a time of 9:03:38.
On Day 3, Timewell also broke Monforte’s double marathon record time by 13:39 – but Timewell’s 8:17:34 mark fell short of the new women's run record of 7:58:51 set by Amy Van Tassel.
Timewell’s overall time of 25:24:32 also broke Monforte’s 2009 women's race record by 12 minutes 17 seconds.
However impressive Timewell’s performance was, she was pushed all the way by women’s runner-up Van Tassel, who lost 3 minutes to Timewell on the swim, 12 minutes on the Day 1 bike and 11 minutes on the Day 2 bike leg before making a serious charge for the win on the run. While Van Tassel took back 19 minutes on the double marathon, she fell 8 minutes short of the victory.
Timewell also finished 3rd overall, 1:52:25 behind men’s winner Kevin Willis of Canada and 46:51 behind men’s runner-up Jan Svendsen of Norway.
2014 Ultraman Canada
Penticton, B.C. Canada
August 2-4, 2014
S 10k / B 90 mi. / B 171 mi. / R 52.4 mi.
1. Kevin Willis (CAN) S 3:00:46 / B1 4:20:03 / B2 8:38:00 / R 7:33:18 / TOT 23:32:07
2. Jan Svendsen (NOR) S 3:15:04 / B1 4:44:40 / B2 8:28:57 / R 8:09:00 / TOT 24:37:41
3. Adrian Walton (CAN) S 3:10:31 / B1 5:03:51 / B2 9:22:28 / R 7:54:26 / TOT 25:31:16
4. Christian Mendez (ESP) S 3:14:39 / B1 4:59:02 / B2 9:04:26 / R 8:14:05 / TOT 25:32:12
5. Andre Kajlich (USA) S 3:43:08 / B1 5:27:29 / B2 9:29:50 / R 9:23:56 / TOT 28:04:23
1. Yvonne Timewell (CAN) S 3:19:15 / B1 4:44:05 / B2 9:03:38 / 8:17:34 / TOT 25:24:32
2. Amy Van Tassel (USA) S 3:22:30 / B1 4:56:18 / B2 9:14:50 / R 7:58:51 / TOT 25:32:51
3. Stacia Watson (USA) S 3:23:22 / B1 5:07:38 / B2 9:21:03 / R 10:02:01 / TOT 27:54:04
4. Kayleen Uibel (USA) S 3:41:27 / B1 5:23:35 / B2 9:38:02 / R 10:05:54 / TOT 28:48:58
5. Jodi Mucha (CAN) S 3:49:56 / B1 5:49:53 / B2 10:27:41 / R 11:14:32 / TOT 31:22:02