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Wolfe, Dussault Claim Winter Triathlon National Titles


powderhoundwintertrilogo.jpg Mike Wolfe and Rebecca Dussault took advantage of near-perfect conditions Sunday to claim national titles at USA Triathlon's 2012 Winter Triathlon National Championship at Homestake Lodge.

Wolfe from Helena, MT covered the 5-kilometer run, 10-kilometer mountain bike and 5-kilometer cross-country ski course in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 20 seconds to outdistance the field by more than three minutes.

Joining Wolfe on the men's podium were fellow Montana athletes Matt Seeley and Landon Beckner, who finished in 1:13:31 and 1:13:34, respectively.

On the women's side, Dussault of Gunnison, CO claimed her third USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship title in the last four years in 1:16:10. The 2010 winter triathlon world champion also finished fifth overall -- regardless of gender -- to earn the women's title by more than five minutes.

Last year's women's national champion Emma Garrard was second in 1:21:22, while Nicole Freedman grabbed third in 1:25:13.

Wolfe and Dussault got off to strong starts by posting the day's fastest run splits en route to their victories.

2012 USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship Results:
January 29, 2012 - Butte, Montana, USA

Top 10 Men Results Time
Place
Top 10 Women Results Time
Mike Wolfe (MT) 1:10:20
1
Rebecca Dussault (CO) 1:16:10
Matt Seeley (MT) 1:13:31
2
Emma Garrard (UT) 1:21:22
Landon Beckner (MT) 1:13:34
3
Nicole Freedman (MA) 1:25:13
Ryan Scott (MT) 1:15:13
4
Julie Zickovich (MT) 1:31:38
Cory Soulliard (MT) 1:16:45
5
Darcy Foley (MA) 1:32:47
Chuck Dumke (MT) 1:18:15
6
Ingrid Lovitt (MT) 1:41:14
Michael Stearns (MT) 1:18:40
7
Kathryn Babbin (MT) 1:45:08
David Hoffman (MT) 1:21:16
8
Kaylee Uibel (MT) 1:47:42
Wesley Furlong (MT) 1:25:48
9
Rebecca Duffy (IL) 1:56:13
Ted Wood (MT) 1:26:17
10
Becky Hochstein (MT) 2:00:27

The top three overall finishers earned the right to represent the U.S. in the elite race at the 2012 ITU Winter Triathlon World Championships in Jämijärvi, Finland, on March 24-25. Additionally, the top three competitors in each age group qualified for Team USA for Winter Worlds.

Click here for complete results (PDF)

Held in conjunction with the fourth annual Powder Hound Winter Triathlon, Sunday's Winter Nationals event was contested under bright sunshine with temperatures in the mid 40s.

The USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship was originally slated for the Gunstock Winter Triathlon on Jan. 22 in Gilford, N.H., but USA Triathlon was forced to relocate Winter Nationals in late December 2011 due to a lack of snow on the East Coast.

Source: USA Triathlon
 
 
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