Cameron Dye edged Eric Lagerstrom by 21 seconds and Lauren Goss led wire-to-wire to take the pro titles at the 34th non-drafting classic St. Anthony’s Triathlon.
Dye took his 4th St. Anthony’s victory with dominant swim and bike legs which built enough lead to withstand Lagerstrom’s strong run. Dye’s swim strength might have been neutralized by high winds and choppy waves which led organizers to shorten the swim from 1500 to 900 meters for safety concerns. Lagerstrom lost only 5 seconds to Dye’s swim and gained that back with a faster run in the increased distance of the adjusted run to T1.
Dye began his day with a race-best 9:59 swim that gave him a 4-seconds lead on Brian Fleischmann, 5 seconds on Lagerstrom and John Rasmussen, 8 seconds on Rodolphe Von Berg and Matthew Wisthoff, 17 seconds on Eric Limkemann and Jason West, 21 seconds on Andrew Yoder, and more on top Canadian contenders Jackson Laundry and Taylor Reid.
Dye stepped on the gas with a race-best 52:52 bike split that was 47 seconds better than Jackson, 50 seconds better than Yoder, 1:22 better than Lagerstrom and 2:30 better than dangerous runner Jason West.
With a 1:37 cushion over Lagerstrom and 2:42 over West starting the run, Dye took his status as the hunted seriously. The Boulder, Colorado native ran 34:24, which brought him to the finish in 1:40:31 with a 21 seconds margin of victory over Lagerstrom (33:05 run) and 34 seconds over 3rd place finisher West (race-best 32:15 run).
This was Dye’s 4th win at St. Anthony’s after victories in 2010, 2015 and 2016. Working on a three-peat made Dye the race favorite and he was made more nervous by the shortened swim. “It’s always harder to win when you should,” Dye told St. Anthony’s media.
After four previous attempts to win this race, Lauren Goss put off racing earlier this season in order to train more to break through to a win at St. Anthony’s. “I really wanted to win St. Anthony’s,” Goss told St. Anthony’s media representatives.
The extra training paid off from the beginning as Goss led the women with a 10:56 swim which gave her 6 seconds lead on Lindsey Jerdonek, 9 seconds on Jennifer Spieldenner, 23 seconds on Heather Lendway, 1:19 on Jillian Petersen, 1:20 on Laurel Wassner and 1:21 on Kristen Marchant of Canada.
Goss took the race by the throat with a women’s-best 1:01:02 bike split which gave her a 1:24 lead on Jerdonek and 1:34 on West.
Goss sealed the victory with a women’s best 36:37 run which brought her to the line in 1:51:54 with a 2:51 margin of victory over Jerdonek (38:07 run) and 4:35 on Spieldenner (40:09 run). Kristen Marchant of Canada advanced to 4th place with a women's 2nd-best 37:56 run which left her 24 seconds out of the podium.
St. Anthony’s Triathlon
St. Petersburg, Florida
April 30, 2017
S 900m / B 40k / R 10k
1. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:40:31
2. Eric Lagerstrom (USA) 1:40:52
3. Jason West (USA) 1:41:05
4. Jackson Laundry (CAN) 1:41:37
5. Taylor Reid (CAN) 1:41:41
6. Rodolphe Von Berg (USA) 1:42:38
7. Alex Libin (USA) 1:42:53
8. Timothy Winslow (USA) 1:43:38
9. Jacob Rhyner (USA) 1:44:15
10. James Hadley (GBR) 1:45:36
1. Lauren Goss (USA) 1:51:54
2. Lindsey Jerdonek (USA) 1:54:45
3. Jennifer Spieldenner (USA) 1:56:29
4. Kristen Marchant (CAN) 1:56:53
5. Kaitlin Donner (USA) 1:58:27
6. Jillian Petersen (USA) 1:59:38
7. Laurel Wassner (USA) 2:00:30
8. Ericka Hachmeister (USA) 2:06:26
9. Brittany Higgins (USA) 2:09:41
10. Heather Lendway (USA) 2:13:02