Slavinski, Yetman take the top 2012 Long Course Duathlon National Titles
Posted Jun 04 2012 1:48pm
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Dave Slavinksi and Peggy Yetman claimed the overall titles at Sunday's USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championship, which was held in conjunction with the Blackwater Duathlon.
Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) earned his second consecutive Long Course Duathlon national title in 2 hours, 48 minutes, 31 seconds on the 10-kilometer run, 70-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course. The 2011 USA Triathlon Masters Duathlete of the Year opened with a 33:15 10k run split en route to the win. Rounding out the national championship podium were C.W. Moran (Millsboro, Del.), who won the men's 25-29 title in 2:57:39, and Glen Thompson (Charlotte, N.C.), who was the runner-up in the men's 40-44 age group to Slavinski, in 2:59:53.
Yetman (Leesburg, Va.) claimed the women's overall title and the 40-44 age group in 3:10:29 with nearly identical 10k splits of 37:46 and 37:48. Defending champion Gail Kattouf (Greenville, S.C.) was second overall and won the 35-39 age group in 3:21:23, while 30-34 winner Monica Schoeneck (Muskego, Wis.) placed third in 3:25:59.
On the men's side, elite duathlete Eneas Freyre (Norwalk, Conn.) was the first athlete to cross the finish line in 2:48:31 to earn a spot on the U.S. roster for the ITU Elite Long Course Duathlon World Championships. As an elite (professional) duathlete, Freyre is not eligible for age group national title honors.
Sunday's Long Course Duathlon National Championship also served as the lone qualifier for Team USA for the 2012 ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championships, which will take place Sept. 2 in Zofingen, Switzerland. The top 18 finishers in each age group (rolling down to 25th place) qualified for Team USA. U.S. age-groupers earned five medals at 2011 Long Course Duathlon Worlds, which were also held in Zofingen.
Team USA is comprised of the nation's top multisport amateur athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championships event.
USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Championship (10k run, 70k bike, 10k run)