Race Coverage

Racing Notes From Last Weekend...

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JOE ADRIAENS (photo L)- As usual at Texas Ironman, times were very fast, and Minnesota's runner-up for the Most Improved award in 2017, Joe Adriaens, was one of the fast guys. The 30-year-old from Elk River, now a member of Every Man Jack, arguably the most talent-rich national tri team, popped an 8:58:59 last weekend, which is almost twenty minutes better than his debut 9:18:04 at IM FLorida last Fall. Joe will blog about his experience soon, and MTN will repost.

 

VICKI OSTENDORF - Rocking an awesome Pink-like white mohawk, this 53-year-old fitness coach from St. Paul, crushed her divisional competition at the prestigious St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida, last Sunday. We wish that she would race more often, as she certainly deserves to be mentioned alongside Cheryl Zitur, Julia Weisberger, Christel Kippenhan, Tracy Serreyn et al, who are recognized as our state's "Fast and Fabulous" 50+ women. That elite group will grow significantly this season as Jody Quesnell, Ann Snuggerud and Anne Grabowski have recently aged-up.

 

CHRISTINA ROBERTS - On a whim, which is not CR's typical style, Christina made a last second decision to fly to Bermuda last weekend to compete in the ITU World Triathlon, where she placed 8th among the amateur women. Next stop for her is Escape From Alcatraz. She rocked out there in 2014, finishing 6th female amateur and winning her AG against a stellar field....

 

 

SHEENA DAUER - Once again, the physical therapist from Montevideo was victorious at the Tinman Triathlon (Long Course) in Morris. Not only did she claim her 4th consecutive women's title here, she was the outright winner. According to our records, the W was the milestone 10th of her multisport career.

 

ROB and LUKE - In addition to Jesson Baumgartner's men's CR at Falls Du last weekend, a pair of AG records were rewritten. Transplanted Brit, Rob Madgwick, took an almost two minute bite out of Charlie Roach's 2010 50-54 mark. Rob's 1:07:22 landed him in 5th place overall. Perennial AG winner at Falls, Luke Harned, 65, trashed his new division's record last Saturday by 4:20. His time was 1:20:34. We'll also mention that Stephen Penkhus narrowly missed a record in the 70-74 category. No biggie, though. Stephen owned the prior record.

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