Haskins, Kanute Race to Podium Finishes at PATCO Sprint Triathlon Pan American Championships
Stephanie Jenks wins Junior North American Championship title
Sarah Haskins posted another early-season victory on Saturday in the PATCO Sprint Triathlon Pan American Championships at Nathan Benderson Park, while USA Triathlon National Team member Ben Kanute finished second.
Haskins (Clermont, Fla.) logged a time of 57 minutes, 3 seconds on the 750-meter swim, 19.3-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course to claim her second straight win in Florida. She also won the March 1 Clermont ITU Sprint Triathlon Pan American Cup. Canadian Amelie Kretz was second in 57:38, and Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.) rounded out the podium in 57:44 on the flat, fast course.
Kanute (Tucson, Ariz.) raced in the lead pack for the entire sprint-distance race, finishing in 51:04 behind Canada’s Andrew Yorke, who surged ahead in the final stretch to win in 50:57. Leonardo Chacon from Costa Rica was third with a time of 51:18.
The women’s race began with Sara McLarty (Clermont, Fla.) leading the field out of the water, entering the first transition ahead of Haskins, Gorman and Kretz. McLarty and Haskins then teamed up to put distance between themselves and the rest of the field, heading out on to the run with a 50-second advantage. The gap closed slightly over the two-lap run, but Haskins kept her lead to finish more than 30 seconds ahead of Kretz.
“Right now I think it’s tougher because I’m still getting in a little bit of training between races, because it’s early in the season,” Haskins said of her back-to-back wins. “It’s great to be out here. This was my first time racing here [in Sarasota] and it’s an awesome course.”
The men’s race started similarly to last weekend’s contest in Clermont, with Hunter Lussi (Kensington, Md.) leading the field, including Kanute, out of the water by 13 seconds. The leaders quickly formed a bike pack of 16 on the first of three bike laps, which turned to a lead group of eight by the end of lap two. At the start of the run, Kanute and Yorke quickly broke away, running most of the 5k together before Yorke rushed ahead for the win.
“I knew Andrew (Yorke) was a great runner, and my run has gotten so much better this year than it was last year. All I wanted to do was stick with him […] but he just put on such a solid pace, he had a little more to give than I did,” said Kanute, who plans to race over the next two weekends at ITU World Cup events in Australia and New Zealand. “This is a good confidence builder going into those races.”
Before the Elite races, the Junior Elite athletes took to the course for the Junior North American Championships, a race which determines participants for the PATCO Championships in Dallas, Texas, on May 31, as well as the Youth Olympic Games qualifying event in Monterrey, Mexico, for athletes ages 16-17.
Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa) captured the win for the junior women, breaking away from the field on the run to post the winning time of 59:57. Jenks, a nationally-ranked high school runner, had the fastest 5k time by nearly a minute. Avery Evenson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) was second in 1:00:11, and Mexico’s Vanesa De La Torre was third with a time of 1:00:30.
Xavier Grenier-Talavera of Canada won the junior men’s race in 53:57 after leading the field out of the water early in the race. Talavera’s countryman Jeremy Briand was second in 54:00 and Mexico’s Eduardo Is Lamas Hernandez was third in 54:06. Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.) was the top American with a 54:30 fifth-place finish.
A pair of Youth F1 races kicked off the action on Saturday, and Endorphin Fitness member Grace Obando (Herndon, Va.) posted the top time for the girls, while Ricardo Reyes (Tampa, Fla.) of Triton Elite Multisport claimed the win for the boys.
The weekend of racing will continue Sunday at the first-ever Pan American Triathlon Confederation (PATCO) Mixed Relay Pan American Championships. The mixed relay format was introduced in 2009 and consists of four athletes – two men and two women – each completing a super sprint triathlon before tagging their teammate. Sunday’s event will begin at 8:30 a.m. ET and each athlete will swim 350 meters, bike 6.4 kilometers and run 2 kilometers. Among the competitors will be Alan Webb, the American record holder in the mile, who will be making his triathlon debut.
Sarasota PATCO Sprint Triathlon Pan American Championships
(750m swim, 19.3k bike, 5k run)
Women’s Top 10 – Complete Results
1. Sarah Haskins (Clermont, Fla.), 57:03
2. Amelie Kretz (CAN), 57:38
3. Tamara Gorman (Rapid City, S.D.), 57:44
4. Joanna Brown (CAN), 57:52
5. Kaitlin Donner (Satellite Beach, Fla.), 58:08
6. Erin Dolan (Lincoln, Neb.), 58:33
7. Sara McLarty (Clermont, Fla.), 58:47
8. Alexandra Coates (CAN), 59:12
9. Allison Hooper (CAN), 59:21
10. Rebeccah Wassner (New Paltz, N.Y.), 59:33
Men’s Top 10 – Complete Results
1. Andrew Yorke (CAN), 50:57
2. Ben Kanute (Tucson, Ariz.), 51:04
3. Leonardo Chacon (CRC), 51:18
4. Luke Farkas (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 51:46
5. John Rasmussen (CAN),52:12
6. Eric Lagerstrom (Gresham, Ore.), 52:15
7. Alexander Hinton (CAN), 52:20
8. Lukas Verzbicas (Chula Vista, Calif.), 52:25
9. Kevin McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.), 52:26
10. Jarrod Shoemaker (Clermont, Fla.), 52:32
Junior North American Championships
(750m swim, 19.3k bike, 5k run)
Women’s Top 5 – Complete Results
1. Stephanie Jenks (Aurora, Iowa), 59:57
2. Avery Evenson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:00:11
3. Vanesa De La Torre (MEX), 1:00:30
4. Taylor Knibb (Washington, D.C.), 1:01:07
5. Megan Dustin (Feeding Hills, Mass.), 1:01:23
Men’s Top 5 – Complete Results
1. Xavier Grenier-Talavera (CAN), 53:57
3. Eduardo Is Lamas Hernandez (MEX), 54:06
4. Russell Pennock (CAN), 54:10
5. Brent Demarest (Charleston, S.C.), 54:30
Youth F1 Triathlon
(350m swim, 12.8k bike, 2.5k run)
Girl’s Podium – Complete Results
1. Grace Obando (Herndon, Va.), 39:25
2. Nicole Villa (Johns Creek, Ga.), 40:50
3. Jane Tullis (Rome, Ga.), 41:21
Boy’s Podium – Complete Results
1. Ricardo Reyes (Tampa, Fla.), 35:19
2. Ryan Brown (Raleigh, N.C.), 35:34
3. Josue Reyes (Tampa, Fla.), 36:16