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Caroline overtook the lead in the final meters of the run of the Series Finale of the USAT Florida Junior Talent ID which not only gave her the victory for the race, but she scored enough points to overtake teammate Kaileah for the the Series Champion Title.
Sam won every Talent ID race he entered this year and ran away with the Series Finale. This is Sam’s second Series Title in as many years.
Congratulations to Sam and Caroline! Teammates Kaileah, Tristan and Graham were 2nd, 2nd and 3rd respectively in the Series Standings
Check out he link for full results and info about the USAT Talent ID Series on the USAT Florida Athlete Development Blog
Weeks after earning her USA Triathlon Sprint National Champion title, Malia headed to London to see what the world had to offer in terms of competition.
“I’ve just been looking forward to this trip so much. This is just that final moment when all the hard work comes through,” Ellington said. “It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of support. My coaches and my family are awesome, and I would not be anywhere near here without it.”
Click on the link to read about ITU Sprint World Championships
Taylor and Malia represented Triton Elite at the USAT Sprint (non-draft) National Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and took 1st and second overall. The two caught up with former Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington after their races.
Savannah Dearden and Mackeznie Koth set new Olympic Distance PRs in the USAT AG National Championship with Savannah clocking 2:14:31 and finishing 8th in the 20-24 age groups. Mackenzie placing 15th in the 16-19 division.
“Cannot be more proud of these athletes. 7th Overall Development Team and 7th Overall TEaM relay. Triton Elite athletes are small but delivered big!!” Coach Jennifer said following the big weekend in West Chester Ohio.
Triton Elite Multisport experienced some ups and downs through day 1, but the efforts and determination by all TEM athletes were very high.
Malia 5th Junior Elite Taylor 8th Youth Elite
Kaileah 26th Junior Elite Summer 10th Youth Elite
Sam 16th Junior Elite Maddie 52nd Youth Elite
Graham 68th Junior Elite (*bike crash)
A great performance by the TEaM in the female USAT Florida F1 Draft legal race in Clermont. Kaileah led from start to finish, time trialing the bike, and holding strong on the run to finish on top. Caroline, despite a crash on the bike, showed some serious DNFQ in her, and stormed back to reach the 2nd spot on the podium. Summer rounded out the final podium spot.
Sam was the sole TEaM male representative and used an awesome run to come from behind and take first place.
Lil Jess entered the F1 as the youngest female participant and raced in fine fashion for her first draft legal race ever.
Megan raced the 3rd triathlon of the AAA series and placed 3rd in the non-draft legal Senior race.
Thanks to Jennifer Hutchison, the USAT Florida Regional Athlete Development Coordinator for organizing the F1 race and providing the festivities on the podium.
Four Triton Elite High Performance Team members headed to Iowa for the 3rd and final National Junior Cup race of the season. For some it was fine tuning their racing skills for the National Championships and for others it was earning a qualification spot to Ohio (Nationals).
Milder conditions than last years 100 degrees, allowed for some fast racing and Triton Elite athletes did just that.
Taylor, despite some GI issues in T1 which caused her to lose her lead temporarily, dominated the bike and held off 2nd place on the run by 51 seconds to win the Youth Elite Female competition. It was the first time a Triton Elite athlete reached the top of the podium in the history of the program.
Malia redeemed her swim from last year and emerged from the water in great position. Despite finding herself in a decent bike pack was not able to close the gap on the 3 lead competitors and thus had to attempt the feat on her own on the run. She was able to overtake 3rd place and find herself on the podium, seconds off of 2nd place.
Graham started late this season and had only 2 months to prepare for his first national caliber draft legal race of the year. Stepping up to the Junior Elite ranks in 2013, he was a little apprehensive about how he would compete. Nevertheless, he held his own and then some, emerging top 10 out of the water and riding with the main pack coming into T2. With a solid run, he placed 16th, qualified for the National Championships and was the 2nd fastest 16 year old in the race.
Maddie, seeking a qualification spot herself in the very competitive Youth Elite division, gave it her all from start to finish. Despite missing her qualification spot by one place (a few seconds), the effort earned her a wild card spot to the National Championships. An awesome achievement considering she was just starting the sport a year ago.
A very exciting race weekend!