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claire-and-carrots.gif(Photo - Triathlete/nurse/farmer Claire Bootsma is a three-time YWCA Women's Tri champion.)

7th Annual YWCA WOMEN'S TRIATHLON - This year's YWCA race promises to be the most competitive yet, and will undoubtedly have a major impact on MMA nominations. The favorite, of course, will be two-time USAT National Champion Heather Lendway, who is undefeated in 2014 and the clear frontrunner to win the US Athlete of the Year award. Records fall every time she races and her elephantine margins of victory are reminiscent of those of the 2006 ITU Amateur World Champion: A woman named Chrissie Wellington. You may have heard of her.

Wellington, of course, got her pro license in 2007 and went on to an undefeated record in Ironman races.

Claire Bootsma has won the YWCA Tri the last three years and owns the course record, a 1:07:25, set last year. We predict that HL will break 1:05. We also...

Allen's First Win...

emily-allen.gifStory and Photo By Rand Middleton (wctrib.com)

SPICER — Here are the numbers for the Green Lake Triathlon Sunday at Saulsbury Beach:

66: degree Fahrenheit at 8 a.m. start.
165: number of individual finishers for the Sprint Course (1/4-mile swim, 13-1/2-mile bike, 3-mile run).
47: number of individual finishers for the Olympic Course (3/4-mile swim, 22-mile bike, 6-mile run).

19: total number of relay teams (16 in Sprint).

3: Number of first time triathlon winners.

“This is crazy,” said women’s Sprint-course champion Emily Allen (photo L), 29, of Bloomington. “I’ve been first in my age group before, but this is the first time that I’ve won a triathlon overall. Did you think an internal auditor could have so much fun.” ...

Green Lake & Wingman Results...

tracy-sik.gifGREEN LAKE TRIATHLON XI - Three of the four overall champs recorded their first career wins this morning in Spicer. How cool is that! The Olympic-ish race was won by Rookie of the Year frontrunner Nick Nygaard, whose first W comes after two runner-up efforts (Timberman and Brewhouse Sprints), and Sheena Duaer, who lost her "Victory Virginity" with a 6:08 margin of victory over successful veteran Jen Neuman.

The other rookie winner was Emily Allen, a bubbly 29-year-old from Bloomington who looked great in her orange-rimmed sunglasses. She finished 2:45 in ahead of Willmar's Tracy Sik (pronounced "Sheek" - photo L from Bost Marathon) for the victory.

The men's sprint winner was David Phillips, whose resume now boasts four career Ws.

Rand Middleton's great coverage will post tomorrow. RESULTS

WINGMAN VI - Possible Master of the Year nominee Chap Achen collected his second Wingman victory this morning. He also won this race in 2011. The women's winner was Janneke Sobeck, who finished 2nd here in 2013. There were 97 finishers. RESULTS

Lendway & Mantell Are Best...Updated...

ag-nationals.gifPhoto - Paul Phillips/Competive Image

MILWAUKEE — Amateur triathletes Heather Lendway and Steven Mantell bested a field of nearly 3,100 athletes from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., on Saturday at the 2014 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships.

The race was part of the two-day USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships weekend at the Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World, featuring a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. A record-breaking field of nearly 3,100 athletes crossed the finish line as part of the event.
Lendway (St. Paul, Minn.) successfully defended her title, posting a time of 2 hours, 5 minutes, 7 seconds to top the women’s field for the second straight year. With the overall win, Lendway also claimed the female 30-34 age group title....

Ongoing Saturday Racing News...

Lendways.gif(Photo - A gaggle of Lendways.)

USAT OLYMPIC NATIONALS - At 9:22 AM it appeared that Madison, Wisconsin's Mark Harms won his 5th career AG national title in a blazing 1:51:44. MATTHEW PAYNE (1:56:04) and MARCUS STROMBERG (1:57:32 - Olympic PR) placed 4th and 7th respectively in their AG (35-39), a division with 359 participants.

9:55 AM - We just learned that Duluth's ELAINE NELSON has finished 7th in the women's 35-39 AG. Her time was 2:12:22. Her 38:14 run split appears to be the fastest in her division.

10:00 AM - Maple Grove's KORTNEY HAAG has placed 9th in her AG (35-39) in a time of 2:13:21.

10:01 AM - East Gull Lake's MICHELLE ANDRES has earned a Team USA berth with her 12th place AG (35-39W) finish. Her time was 2:14:31.

10:05 AM - It appears that honorary Minnesotan GREG TAYLOR (Yankton, SD) has just won the men's 60-64 AG. His time was 2:09:05, which was four minutes faster than Jim Bruskewitz' AG winning time here in 2013....

 

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