6 U.S. Paratriathletes Earn Gold at CAMTRI Championships
U.S. performances include women’s PT2, men’s PT5 podium sweeps
U.S. paratriathletes raced to six Continental Championship titles on Friday in the first day of competition at the 2015 CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships, including two podium sweeps, at Fundidora Park.
The Americans combined for a total haul of 16 medals on the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run course, led by sport class winners Krige Schabort (PT1, Rome, Ga.), Kendall Gretsch (PT1, Madison, Wis.), Mark Barr (PT2, Houston, Texas), Hailey Danisewicz (PT2, Chicago, Ill.), Aaron Scheidies (PT5, Seattle, Wash.), and Patricia Walsh (PT5, Austin, Texas). Gretsch, Barr, Danisewicz, Scheidies and Walsh all defended their CAMTRI Championship titles
“The race started really well today,” said Schabort, who won by a margin of 6 minutes. “The important part was the run, I would say. I really wanted to see if I could do a sub-1 hour race. A win is always a confidence booster. It feels like I’ve improved quite a bit but I need at least one more race with the other guys to give me a better idea of where I am. In general I feel good, I’ve been improving all year long and I’m looking forward to some more big, good races.”
Silver medals were earned by Mary Kate Callahan (PT1, La Grange, Ill.), Melissa Stockwell (PT2, Chicago, Ill.), Chris Hammer (PT4, Salt Lake City, Utah), Grace Norman (PT4, Jamestown, Ohio), Jeremy Winters (PT5, Murfreesboro, Tenn.), and Amy Dixon (PT5, Greenwich, Conn.). Also picking up medals were Jacon Sharff (PT1, West Palm Beach, Fla.), Levi Kane (PT2, Chicago, Ill.), Allysa Seely (PT2, Glendale, Ariz.), and Brandon Adame (Houston, Texas), who took home the bronze.
U.S. paratriathletes are eyeing spots on the first-ever U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team, which will be announced by July 26, 2016. Three of the five sport classes will be contested per gender – PT1, PT2 and PT4 for the men, and PT2, PT4 and PT5 for the women. More on the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team selection criteria is availableusatriathlon.org/Rio2016Para.
The paratriathlon races kicked off a weekend of racing, which includes the elite CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships on Sunday.
2015 Monterrey CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
U.S. Podium Finishers
1. Krige Schabort (Rome, Ga.), 59:37
3. Jacob Sharff (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 1:08:44
1. Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis.), 1:11:32
2. Mary Kate Callahan (La Grange, Ill.), 1:22:45
1. Mark Barr (Houston, Texas), 1:09:42
3. Levi Kane (Chicago, Ill.), 1:19:28
1. Hailey Danisewicz (Chicago, Ill.), 1:23:28
2. Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.), 1:25:55
3. Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), 1:28:48
2. Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah), 59:47
2. Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio), 1:16:59
1. Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.), 1:01:20
2. Jeremy Winters (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), 1:11:01
3. Brandon Adame (Houston, Texas), 1:30:34
1. Patricia Walsh (Austin, Texas), 1:13:32
2. Amy Dixon (Greenwich, Conn.), 1:14:35