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Jake-cooley.gifCHISAGO LAKES HALF IX - Mild weather and deep, fit fields fueled a barrage of personal bests and even a few divisional course records on Sunday at scenic Paradise Park in Chisago City. Here are some stats that support this observation:

1. David Thompson (P - MN) - 4:03:11 - 6th Chisago win - 18th career Half IM victory.

2. Tom Gerlach (P - WI) - 4:04:08

3. Tim Hola (CO) - 4:04:27 - Amateur Course Record - Old Mark - 4:05:48 - Jon Balabuck - 2006.

4. Sean Cooley (ND) - 4:09:05 - Personal Best - Old PR - 4:14:36 - Kansas 70.3 in 2013.

5. Eric Engel (MN) - 4:11:28 - Personal Best - Old PR - 4:16:55 - Liberty '14.

6. Alex Hooke (MN) - 4:21:19

7. Paul Rockwood (WI) - 4:23:34 - Personal Best - Old PR - 4:29:55 - Duluth Tri '14.

8. Jake Cooley (ND - photo L) - 4:23:44 - Personal Best - Old PR - 4:34:29 - Superiorman '12....

Her Best Race Yet? Maybe...

swim-start-at-chisago.gifCHISAGO LAKES SPRINT - In her blog Heather Lendway stated that her course record performance at Life Time Tri - Minneapolis was her best Olympic-distance effort ever.

What was her best sprint race ever?

It HAD to have been her dominating performance at Chisago Sprint on Sunday. There she led out of the water and was second into T2 behind pro male Dan Hedgecock, who would go on to record his 27th career win. And though Hedgecock broke Devon Palmer's men's course record, he could only managed to finish 3:25 ahead of Lendway, who was never overtaken by male triathletes during the final phase, a 5K run....

Cool BH Stuff...

BrianBichbike.gif28th BREWHOUSE TRIATHLON - Brian Bich (photo) could, as they say, "Make History" on Saturday. A win at the Brewhouse (Olympic) Triathlon would be his 12th at that annual classic, and it would snap his tie with Tony Schiller for the most wins in a single triathlon. (Tony has 11-wins at the Lake Waconia Triathlon.

A state record is on the line.

Can he do it? He's 48 now and has scaled back his racing in order to increase his participation in the lives of his two teen sons. Additionally, he'll be facing a resurgent Josh Blankenheim at BH. Josh beat Brian by 43 seconds at Heart of the Lakes.

In Bich's defense, HOLT was his first racing effort of the year. For Blank, it was his fourth....

Sunday Race Summaries...

sean-shicago.gifCHISAGO LAKES SPRINT - Dan Hedgecock and Heather Lendway rocked course records this morning. HL finished 2nd overall in 1:17:15, which broke pro Lauren Goss' 2012 CR by 1:45 and the amateur course best by 6:23. RESULTS

CHISAGO LAKES HALF IM - DKT won for the 6th time (in six starts) and Tim Hola of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, lowered Jon Balabuck's 2006 amateur course record.

Iowa pro Tami Ritchie won the women's half in 4:33:39. The overall women's amateur title went to Kortney Haag, who set a PR with her 4:34:23. Lots of personal bests, like Sean Cooley's 4:09:04 - 4th place overall (photo L), and divistional records were set on this coolish, windy day. Photos and more words on Tuesday. RESULTS

WASECA 1/3 - Cathy Yndestad became the first woman to break the 3-hour mark (2:56:16 - 4th overall!) at this unique event. Travis Miller  won for the dudes (2:51:38). RESULTS

 

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