2015 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Championship
Stockton, Weaver Earn Overall Off-Road National Titles. Garrard, Middaugh finish as top U.S. elites
More than 300 triathletes from 40 states and six countries took part in today’s event, which combined a one-mile swim with a 20-mile mountain bike and six-mile trail run.
Daryl Weaver, 42, from Lititz, Pennsylvania ran past 20-year-old Cole Bunn from Bettendorf, Iowa in the last 300-meters to win the overall men’s title in 2:35:27.
“Haven’t had that much fun on a bike course in a long, long time,” said Weaver, who was racing at Oak Mountain for the first time. “It was an awesome day. One of the best races I’ve ever had. I paced myself on the bike, paced myself on the run, and took it easy on the swim. I was just relaxed.”
Bunn, who was in the lead for 99% of the run and on his way to a big win said when Weaver caught him at the end “I was absolutely spent. I tried to stick with him but he really hammered it in that last 300 yards on the run.”
The future is bright for Bunn, a former amateur XTERRA National Champion in the 15-19 division, who just finished his freshman year racing triathlon at the University of Colorado.
In the women’s race 43-year-old Mimi Stockton from Stevensville, Michigan was four-minutes faster than 41-year-old Mary Rosser from Sterrett, Alabama with a winning time of 2:59:01.
“I spent a lot of time in the pain cave today,” said Stockton, a former XTERRA World Champion. “I was out all last season with a stress fracture so it feels good to be back racing and to win, even though I hit a tree and might’ve cracked a rib or something … but I’m okay ya know.”
In all, 21 amateur athletes representing 16 states captured USA Triathlon National Championship titles today. There were two local winners, David Meadows (45-49 division) and Lori Goldweber (50-54 division), both from Birmingham, Alabama.
There was a lot at stake today for amateurs. The top 15 finishers in each division qualified to race at XTERRA Nationals, Sept. 19 in Ogden, Utah. 50 amateurs punched their ticket to the XTERRA World Championship, and the top 18 finishers in each division qualified to represent Team USA at the 2016 International Triathlon Union Cross Triathlon World Championships, the date and location of which will be announced later this year. Team USA is comprised of the nation’s top multisport athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championships event. Visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa for more on Team USA.
Here’s a look at the 2015 USA Triathlon Off-Road National Champions
USAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONS (WOMEN)
Division Name Hometown Time
20 – 24 Heather Wilson Temecula, CA 3:42:33
25 – 29 Anna Frey Atlanta, GA 3:56:16
30 – 34 Nicole Valentine Germantown, MD 3:05:13
35 – 39 Melanie Etherton Austin, TX 3:07:29
40 – 44 *Mimi Stockton Stevensville, MI 2:59:01
45 – 49 Margo Pitts Raleigh, NC 3:12:33
50 – 54 Lori Goldweber Birmingham, AL 3:09:51
55 – 59 Stephanie Landy Ballston Spa, NY 3:17:27
60 – 64 Susan Griffin-Kaklikian Castle Rock, CO 3:36:53
65 – 69 Linda Usher Upton, MA 4:38:30
70 – 74 Charlotte Mahan Lenoir City, TN 5:28:39
PRO Emma Garrard Park City, UT 2:44:10
USAT NATIONAL CHAMPIONS (MEN)
Division Name Hometown Time
15 – 19 Greg Schott Chesterfield, VA 2:35:46
20 – 24 Cole Bunn Bettendorf, IA 2:35:34
25 – 29 Justin McMurrer Lehigh Acres, FL 2:41:07
30 – 34 James Haycraft Charlotte, NC 2:36:52
35 – 39 AJ Petrillo Blue Ridge, GA 2:38:35
40 – 44 *Daryl Weaver Lititz, PA 2:35:27
45 – 49 David Meadows Birmingham, AL 2:39:31
50 – 54 Ali Arasta Asheboro, NC 2:51:08
55 – 59 Bruce Wilson Temecula, CA 2:51:59
60 – 64 Doug Usher Upton, MA 3:52:55
65 – 69 Alan Moore Ada, MI 3:39:01
70 – 74 Ronald Scranton Tijeras, NM 4:26:41
PRO Josiah Middaugh Eagle-Vail, CO 2:18:26