After coming close to earning his first Lifetime Fitness Triathlon Series title of the seaon last month in Philadelphia, Matty Reed found his form at Saturday’s Lifetime Fitness Tri in Minneapolis, taking top honors ahead of Andy Potts, the Series points leader. Sarah Haskins was once again dominant in the women’s race, finishing over three minutes ahead of Alicia Kaye.
As has been the case at most of the Lifetime races this season, Potts led the way out of the water (17:46) with Cameron Dye in close pursuit. Czech standout Filip Ospaly was the first to give chase on the bike, but he couldn’t hold off the charge from Reed, who rode through the field over the last 20K of the bike to take the lead into transition. Dye entered transition alongside Reed, but it became clear from the onset of the run that Reed had the better legs on the day.
The big question became whether or not Reed could hold off the inevitable charge from Potts and Greg Bennett, and he proved he had just enough in the tank to do just that. After struggling on the bike, Potts ran brilliantly, storming past Bennett, Dye and Ospaly to pull into second, but he didn’t have the legs to catch the leader. Reed stopped the clock in 1:50:09 to take his third Minneapolis title, with Potts coming to the finish only 13 seconds later. Bennett rounded out the podium another 30 seconds behind Potts.
Haskins’ win came much easier than Reeds’, or at least she made it appear so. She was able to hang with swim leader Sara McLarty, who exited the water in 19:07, but the pair didn’t remain together for long on the bike. Haskins rode away from the entire field, entering the second transition with a two-minute gap on Kaye. The win was never in doubt on the run for Haskins, who breezed to the finish in 1:59:57. It was then a long wait for Kaye, who finished in 2:03:23, with Rebeccah wassner rounding out the podium in 2:04:31.
Although Haskins has been flawless in three Series races this year, Kaye remains the Series points leader because she has scored a total of four races. Athletes may score points at five events throughout the seven race series. The next Series event will take place at the Chicago Triathlon on August 28.
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Lifetime Fitness Triathlon
July 9, 2011
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
1. Matt Reed (USA) 1:50:09
2. Andy Potts (USA) 1:50:22
3. Greg Bennett (USA) 1:50:52
4. Filip Ospaly (CZE) 1:51:26
5. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:53:13
1. Sarah Haskins (USA) 1:59:57
2. Alicia Kaye (USA) 2:03:23
3. Rebeccah Wassner (USA) 2:04:31
4. Lindsey Jerdonek (USA) 2:06:37
5. Becky Lavelle (USA) 2:07:25