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Duffy & Handley Crowned Best of the U.S. Champions


bestoftheuschampionship09.jpgBrian Duffy of Pennsylvania and Bethany Handley of Oklahoma are the newly crowned Best of the U.S. National Champions. The Best of the U.S. Championship brings together the nation's best amateurs triathletes to race in an elite, head-to-head, non-age-graded exhibition-style open-course environment. The competition is fierce, and brings out each athlete's "best game".

This year's championship Olympic distance triathlon race was held in conjunction with the Orange County International Triathlon in Mission Viejo, CA.

2009 Top 10 Men:     2009 Top 10 Women:

  1. Brian Duffy (PA) - 1:52:53
  2. Ross Hartley (OH) - 1:55:00
  3. Mark Harms (WI) - 1:55:08
  4. Christopher Thomas (CT) - 1:56:11
  5. Jens Beck (AK) - 1:56:45
  6. Rusty Pruden (WA) - 1:57:24
  7. Brian Bich (MN) - 1:57:33
  8. Colin Riley (IL) - 1:58:02
  9. Joe Company (MO) - 1:58:49
10. Luis De La Torre (HI) - 1:59:09

   

  1. Bethany Handley (OK) - 2:06:53
  2. Kimberly Pancoast (WA) - 2:08:51
  3. Cindi Bannink (WI) - 2:09:37
  4. Beth Shutt (PA) - 2:12:14
  5. Alice Henriques (NJ) - 2:13:57
  6. Meghan Newcomer (NY) - 2:14:27
  7. Amy Alexander (ID) - 2:15:43
  8. Chris Wickard (IN) - 2:15:51
  9. Chris Tommerdahl (NC) - 2:15:58
10. Holly Walker (MT) - 2:16:27

Team Wisconsin comprised of Mark Harms and Cindi Bannink was victorious in the Fastest State Team competition, edging out Team Pennsylvania (Brian Duffy / Beth Schutt) by 22 seconds. Mark and Cindi from Wisconsin placed 3rd in last year's Fastest State Team competition.

2009 Top 3 State Teams:

 1. Wisconsin (Mark Harms / Cindi Bannink)
 2. Pennsylvania (Brian Duffy / Beth Schutt)
 3. Washington (Rusty Pruden / Kimberly Pancoast)

For more information on the Best of the U.S. Amateur Triathlete Competition, visit www.bestoftheustriathletes.com