|American juniors, paratriathletes earn nine podiums at PATCO eventUSA Triathlon National Team member Jarrod Shoemaker claimed a spot on the post-race podium with a third-place finish, while Olympic-bound Manuel Huerta placed fifth and Lindsey Jerdonek took eighth to lead the U.S. at Sunday’s Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup.
Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.) earned his first ITU World Cup podium finish since 2009 with a time of 57 minutes, 41 seconds in the sprint-distance (750m swim, 21.3k bike, 5k run) event. Less than a month away from taking to the 2012 Olympic Games course in Hyde Park, Huerta (Miami, Fla.) placed fifth in 57:49. Canadian Kyle Jones won the men’s race in 57:33.
The men entered T2 with the top 27 contenders within a few seconds of one another. Shoemaker and Huerta were among the first 10 athletes onto the two-lap run course. Huerta pushed the run early with the eventual winner, Jones, and held on for fifth. Shoemaker closed strong with a 15:02 5k split, while Huerta clocked a 15:08 run. Barrett Brandon (Fort Worth, Texas) was 18th in 59:57, while Kevin McDowell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed 23rd in his ITU World Cup debut in 1:02:59.
On the women’s side, Jerdonek (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) – the lone American in the field – recorded a career-best ITU World Cup finish by taking eighth place in 1:06:10. Lauren Campbell of Canada was the women’s champion in 1:04:42.
A member of the USA Triathlon Project 2016 program, Jerdonek recorded the day’s fifth-fastest swim en route to her fourth career top-eight finish on the ITU circuit.
The region’s top juniors opened Sunday’s racing with the sprint-distance 2012 PATCO Junior Pan American Championships. In all, seven Americans recorded top-10 finishes with first-year Junior Elite Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) leading the way with a runner-up finish in 1:03:02 on the women’s side. Eli Hemming (Kiowa, Colo.) paced the U.S. men with a fourth-place effort in 55:51. With their finishes, Gorman and Hemming qualified for the 2012 ITU Junior World Championships in October in Auckland, New Zealand.
Johanna Gartman (sixth, Colorado Springs, Colo.), Haele Jasen (eighth, Belgium, Ill.) and Breanna Hemming (ninth, Kiowa, Colo.) also placed in the top 10 for the women, while Luke Farkas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Hunter Honeycutt (Tifton, Ga.) finished sixth and eighth, respectively, on the men’s side.
The action in Edmonton kicked off Friday with the first-ever PATCO Paratriathlon Pan American Championships. Nine U.S. athletes were among the 24 competitors, and it was a productive event for the Americans, who recorded eight podium finishes and five category victories.
Earning gold for the U.S. in the sprint-distance event were Diana Helt (Female TRI-1, Chicago, Ill.), Andre Kajlich (Male TRI-1, Seattle, Wash.), David Kyle (Male TRI-3, Athens, Ala.), Danielle McLaughlin (Female TRI-5, Santa Monica, Calif.) and Patricia Walsh (Female TRI-6, Austin, Texas). Visit triathlon.org for a complete recap.
2012 Edmonton ITU World Cup
Women – Complete Results
Men – Complete Results
2012 PATCO Junior Pan American Championships
Men – Complete Results
2012 PATCO Paratriathlon Pan American Championships
U.S. Medalists – Complete Results
U.S. Trio Races at Edmonton Triathlon World Cup
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