Race Coverage

Racing Stuff From Last Weekend...


ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ - In 2014, CHRISTINA ROBERTS did Escape From Alcatraz, finishing an impressive 6th in the women's amateur race. It was a performance that helped launch her elite amateur career. Last Sunday, she returned to the Bay Area where she rocked an overall amateur podium finish. Adding more coolness to the deal is the fact that she was the first American amateur woman to finish, placing 3rd behind Sweden's decorated Jenny Nilson, who placed 2nd overall at Long Distance Worlds in 2015, and Italy's Michela Santini, who like Nilsson, is a pro duathlete / amateur triathlete. In 2014, Roberts turned in a time of 2:39:41. Last Sunday her time was 2:36:34, which landed her in 9th place overall, including pros.

Also excelling at Alcatraz was Roberts' sweetie pie, JORDAN ROBY, who cranked out a 7th place amateur finish (21st overall), as well as KRIS SPOTH (9th  amateur), and PAM STEVENS, 65, who won her AG by 26:20!  RESULTS


PIGMAN SPRINT - PATRICK PARISH placed 2nd on Sunday at Pigman Sprint. Also cracking the men's Top 10 was The U's BRADLEY WOODFORD. He placed 7th....


Minnesota women, past and present, grabbed the Top 4 spots for the women, starting with former St. Cloudian MADDY PESCH, now a pro living in Madison, WI. Placing 2nd was St. Paul's 23-year-old PAULINE AAMODT (photo), whose racing has improved dramatically over the last year. Third and 4th were earned by former Rochesterarian JOANNA HALL and Rogers' KRISTINA SWENSON, Minnesota's Junior of the Year in 2016.


In our preview we predicted that KEVIN O'CONNOR would claim the masters title, and BRIDGET MCCOY would land a women's overall podium spot. Neither athlete was able to race. Bridge had a professional obligation, and KO was doing graduation stuff.  RESULTS



EAU CLAIRE TRIATHLON - For the fifth time in the nine-year history of this sprint tri, Minnesota men have come out on top here. Last Sunday, they did even better than usual, claiming the Top Three spots and half of the Top 10.

The first female Minnesotan to finish was PAULINE MCJILTON, 50, who placed 11th.

The Top 3 men were: 1. CHRISTOPHER BUDAHN, 35, Kenyon - 1:16:09, 2. ALEC KADLEC, 22, Duluth - 1:17:22, 3. BENJAMIN WELCH, 27, Duluth - 1:18:26.  With team entrants, 198 athletes finished the race. RESULTS

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