Three-time defending champion University of Colorado added another team title to their collection Saturday at the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships. Colorado also won the men’s team title and the women’s team award went to California, while the Elite Triathlon Academy bested the Mixed-Team Relay field.
Colorado scored 3,926 combined points, edging out second-place team California by only two points. The CU Buffs have been dominant since 2010 and have now taken four consecutive team awards back to Boulder, Colo. California scored 3,924 points, and UCLA was third with 3,727.
The Colorado men had three finishers in the top eight, scoring 1,986 points for yet another men’s championship. California earned runners-up honors with 1,926 points, and Michigan took third place with 1,897 points.
Erika Erickson and her pair of second-place finishes propelled the California women to the top of the standings with 1,998 points. Colorado was second with 1,940 and the U.S. Military Academy scored 1,915 for third place.
Erickson also won the combined award for her performances in the Draft-Legal Collegiate Championship on Friday and the Olympic-distance championship on Saturday. Ben Kanute from Arizona locked up the combined award on men’s side with his back-to-back titles in the individual events. Recaps of Friday’s draft-legal event and Saturday’s Olympic-distance race are available on usatriathlon.org.
The Elite Triathlon Academy at University of Colorado Colorado Springs was nearly three minutes faster than the rest of the field in the Mixed-Team Relay, the final event of the Collegiate Nationals weekend. Avery Evenson, Luke Farkas, Johanna Gartman and Kevin McDowell combined their talents to finish in 1:06:15. California was second in 1:09:07, and U.S. Naval Academy was third with a time of 1:10:05.
“It was amazing to come out here in this team atmosphere and participate as a team,” McDowell said. “That’s not always a triathlon thing. You have a team, and you train with them, but to actually finish as a team and do this altogether when everyone has just as important of a role, it’s just one of the best things you could ask for.”
In all, 1,015 athletes representing 108 schools competed in the Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship, an event that first began in 1994 at the Wildflower Triathlon.
Complete results will be available here later this weekend.
2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships
Draft-Legal Collegiate Championship
1. Ben Kanute (Arizona), 58:26
2. Luke Farkas (UCCS), 58:40
3. Yoni Doron-Peters (Cal), 59:06
1. Erin Jones (UCCS), 1:04:00
2. Erika Erickson (California), 1:04:23
3. Johanna Gartman (UCCS), 1:04:38
Olympic-Distance National Championship
1. Ben Kanute (Arizona), 1:46:36
2. Michael Poole (USF), 1:47:08
3. Alex Libin (Iowa), 1:47:15
4. Rodolphe Von Berg (Colorado),1:47:21
5. Steve Mantell (CSU), 1:47:30
1. Michelle Mehnert (Colorado), 2:01:13
2. Erika Erickson (California), 2:02:28
3. Brittany Braden (San Diego State), 2:03:28
4. Christine Jackson (California), 2:03:37
5. Samantha Morrison (USAFA), 2:03:46
Men’s Combined Award
1. Ben Kanute (Arizona), 550
2. Yoni Doron-Peters (California), 539
3. Ryan Petry (Arizona State), 535
Women’s Combined Award
1. Erika Erickson (California), 548
2. Samantha Morrison (USAFA), 543
3. Lauren Lewis (Texas A&M), 528
Overall Team Standings
1. Colorado, 3,926
2. California, 3,924
3. UCLA, 3,727
4. U.S. Naval Academy, 3,710
5. Arizona, 3,604
Women’s Team Standings
1. California, 1,998
2. Colorado, 1,940
3. U.S. Military Academy, 1,915
4. UCLA, 1,915
5. U.S. Naval Academy, 1,908
Men’s Team Standings
1. Colorado, 1,986
3. Michigan, 1,897
5. Iowa, 1,847
Mixed Team Relay
1. University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1:06:15
2. California Relay A, 1:09:07
3. U.S. Naval Academy, 1:10:05
Armed Services Team Champions: U.S. Naval Academy
Team Spirit Award: University of Southern California
Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup
Japan’s Ai Ueda (2:05:47) and Australia’s Ryan Fisher (1:52:46) both claimed breakthrough ITU World Cup wins in Japan this past weekend. In the 18th consecutive year of the ITU World Cup event on the Japanese island, Ueda claimed her first World Cup gold ahead of teammates Yuka Sato and Juri Ide, making it a clean sweep of the podium for the home nation. In the men’s race, it was Fisher’s first World Cup win, with Ireland’s Bryan Keane claiming silver from Australia’s Dan Wilson, both posting their best performances this year.
Olympic medalist Lisa Norden (4:26:35) once again showed her pedigree with this weekend’s win at Challenge Fuerteventura in her first middle distance race since 2005. A short-course athlete also dominated the men’s race with Jens Toft of Denmark (4:03:53) making a mark on a pro field that included the likes of Martin Jensen and Konstantin Bachor. While both Norden and Toft led from start to finish, the battle for second and third saw fierce contention from Joerie Vansteelant (BEL), Mike Elgezabal, Jensen and Bachor. On the run Vansteelant (4:06:46) showed his strength, closing on Toft while Bachor had to settle for third. In the women’s race it was only ever Elmear Muller (IRE) and Daniela Saemmler (GER) in contention, finishing second and third respectively.
Ironman South Africa
After a tough day of heat and winds last year, there was a dramatic turnaround in 2013 as Switzerland’s Ronnie Schildknecht and American Jessie Donavan used the perfect conditions to add another title to their resumes. At the 100km mark on the bike, Schildknecht whittled down race favorite Faris Al-Sultan’s lead and never looked back, finishing eight minutes ahead of second place Cyril Viennot in 8:11:23. For the women, Donavan caught race leader Jodie Swallow with around 10 km to go on the run, using a 3:09:11 run split to best Swallow by six minutes in 9:10:57.