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Avery Evenson Wins Women’s Elite Race at Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup

By USA TRIATHLON, 03/02/19, 7:00PM MST

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Avery Evenson (Brighton, Mich.) continued her remarkable comeback campaign with a victory at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on Saturday at Lake Louisa State Park.

CLERMONT, Fla. — Avery Evenson (Brighton, Mich.) continued her remarkable comeback campaign with a victory at the Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup on Saturday at Lake Louisa State Park. Erin Edminister (née Dolan, Bentonville, Ark.) also reached the podium in the women’s elite race with a bronze-medal performance, while Kevin Bishop (Los Altos, Calif.) claimed silver in the men’s elite race. 

Evenson covered the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run course in 1 hour, 5 seconds. She exited the water in fourth place, trailing only Canada’s Hannah Henry, Leah Drengenberg (Dixon, Ill.) and Germany’s Anabel Knoll. While she lost a few seconds on the leaders over the 20k bike, Evenson’s strong collegiate running background allowed her to pull away from the field with a race-leading 17:19 5k run split. She crossed the finish line 18 seconds ahead of her closest competitor, Japan’s Misaki Kago (1:00:23), who claimed silver. Edminister rounded out the podium with a time of 1:00:32. 

The win marks Evenson’s second podium performance since her return to triathlon late last season. She was the 2014 USA Triathlon Junior Elite National Championships runner-up, fifth-place finisher at the 2014 ITU Junior Triathlon World Championships, and fourth-place finisher at the 2015 ITU Under-23 Triathlon World Championships. 

Evenson then took a three-year hiatus from the sport to run NCAA Division I cross-country and track and field at the University of Michigan, but said she always planned to return to triathlon after graduation. She made her comeback official in September, claiming silver at the 2018 FISU World University Triathlon Championship. 

“Last year I was here to support my training partner on crutches and in a boot after breaking my leg on ice,” Evenson said. “I’m happy to come back on far different terms and start the return to full-time triathlon on a high note!”

Also earning top-10 finishes were Katie Gorczyca (Las Vegas, Nev., sixth, 1:01:29), Megan Foley (Salt Lake City, Utah, seventh, 1:01:34), Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill., eighth, 1:01:37) and Gillian Cridge (Indianapolis, Ind., 9th, 1:01:39). For Cridge, the 2018 USA Triathlon Junior Elite national champion, the Clermont CAMTRI marks her first ITU competition as a senior elite. 

In the men’s race, William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) led the field out of the water as the only athlete to cover the course in under 9 minutes. Chase McQueen (Columbus, Ind.) and Michael Arishita (Boerne, Texas) were not far behind Huffman, while Bishop ended up in the chase with some ground to cover. He worked his way up on the bike before recording a blistering 14:43 5k run split to secure his spot on the podium. 

Only the race winner, Germany’s Lasse Nygaard-Priester, ran faster, dropping a 14:37 5k to break the tape with a total time of 53:13. Bishop came through for silver just 10 seconds later 53:23), and Spain’s Javier Lluch Perez  grabbed the bronze in 53:27.

Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.) also recorded a top-five finish in 53:38, while Huffman took eighth in 53:56. 

The weekend of racing in Clermont also includes U25 Elite Development Races, youth elite races and an age-group competition. For complete information and results for all races, visit draftlegalchallenge.com

The 2018 CAMTRI season continues next weekend with the Sarasota-Bradenton CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, Paratriathlon American Championships and Junior American Cup. For more information about the races in Sarasota, click here.

2019 Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup 
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run

Elite Women — Complete Results
1. Avery Evenson (Brighton, Mich.), 1:00:05
2. Misaki Kago (JPN), 1:00:23
3. Erin Edminister (Bentonville, Ark.), 1:00:32

U.S. Finishers
1. Avery Evenson (Brighton, Mich.), 1:00:05
3. Erin Edminister (Bentonville, Ark.), 1:00:32
6. Katie Gorczyca (Las Vegas, Nev.), 1:01:29
7. Megan Foley (Salt Lake City, Utah), 1:01:34
8. Kyleigh Spearing (Frankfort, Ill.), 1:01:37
9. Gillian Cridge (Indianapolis, Ind.), 1:01:39
11. Audrey Ernst (South Elgin, Ill.), 1:01:46
16. Sonja Catano (Framingham, Mass.), 1:02:11
20. Ali Brauer (Hebron, Conn.), 1:02:55
21. Amy Cymerman (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:03:24
22. Gina Sereno (Madison, Wis.), 1:03:29
24. Kira Stanley (Marana, Ariz.), 1:03:54
25. Marissa Ferrante (Aptos, Calif.), 1:04:42
26. Liberty Ricca (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:05:59
27. Sarah Quintero (Round Rock, Texas), 1:06:20
28. Rebecca Naughton (Tempe, Ariz.), 1:07:08
31. Caroline Shannon (Scarsdale, N.Y.), 1:08:26
32. Lara Gruden (Tuscon, Ariz.), 1:09:10
Jocelyn Bonney (Long Beach, Calif.), DNF
Leah Drengenberg (Dixon, Ill.), DNF


Elite Men — Complete Results
1. Lasse Nygaard-Priester (GER), 53:13
2. Kevin Bishop (Los Altos, Calif.), 53:23
3. Javier Lluch Perez (ESP), 53:27

U.S. Finishers
2. Kevin Bishop (Los Altos, Calif.), 53:23
5. Morgan Pearson (Boulder, Colo.), 53:38
8. William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), 53:56
15. Chase McQueen (Columbus, Ind.), 54:17
16. Collin Chartier (Fairfax, Va.), 54:21
17. Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.), 54:23
20. Robby Webster (Phoenix, Ariz.), 54:47
21. Luis Ortiz (Orlando, Fla.), 54:49
24. Duncan Reid (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.), 54:57
25. Jack Felix (Hilton Head, S.C.), 55:00
28. Michael Arishita (Boerne, Texas), 55:06
36. Marc Dubrick (DeKalb, Ill.), 55:41
39. Derek Oskutis (San Diego, Calif.), 55:51
46. Chris Pietraszkiewicz (San Antonio, Texas), 56:27
47. Davis Bove (Franklin, Tenn.), 56:35
50. Marty Andrie (Aurora, Colo.), 56:57
51. Nicholas Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa), 57:02
52. Kevin Ryan (Lexington, Ky.), 57:10
57. Austin Podhajsky (Parker, Colo.), 58:05
59. Ian King (Virginia Beach, Va.), 58:43
60. Adam Brumley (Buckhannon, W.V.), 59:42
Kevin Jervis (Walnut Creek, Calif.), DNF

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