MATTHEW PAYNE IS THE FIRST-EVER REPEAT CHAMPION
DANI FISCHER PREVAILS BY 4 MINUTES OVER BIG-TIME TALENT
Press Release courtesy of MinnesotaTriNews.com
BEST OF THE US CHAMPIONSHIP - Columbia Heights, Minnesota's two-time 30-34 National champion MATTHEW PAYNE became the first athlete in the nine-year history of the BOUS Series to win a second National title. (He also won in 2011.) Yesterday, he held off a hard charging DANIEL STUBLESKI of Washington, Michigan, to make it happen. Stubleski was the 2013 USAT Athlete of the Year.
Buffalo, Minnesota's MARCUS STROMBERG turned in what was arguably his finest effort to date, finishing 3rd. KEVIN O'CONNOR, also of Team Minnesota and a USAT Master of the Year HM in 2012 and 2013, rocked a 4th place finish thanks in large part to his 35:12 final 10K. Only Stubleski had a faster run split (34:19).
For the women, Wausau, Wisconsin's DANI FISCHER won her 2nd national title of the 2014 season. (She also won Long Course Nationals). Her gender-best 38:07 run split allowed her to overtake pre-race co-favorite JENNIFER GARRISON of Naperville, IL. Garrison won the USAT National Championships in 2006 and 2007.
2013 USAT AOY KIRSTEN SASS of McKenzie, Tennessee took the final podium spot.
The event was staged at it's new permanent home at picturesque Lake Phalen in St. Paul, Minnesota. Weather was ideal for most of the morning, despite a sudden and brief, albeit torrential, downpour late in the competition.
The spectator-friendly--two swim loops, three bike loops, two run loops--event consisted of a 1300m swim, 24.45 mile bike and 10K run. Thirty-one invited athletes representing 16 states participated.
The event was hosted by the inaugural Capitol City Sprint (500m-16.3 mi. - 5K), which was won by Duluth, Minnesota's JOSH BLANKENHEIM (1:04:55) and 2009 US Athlete of the Year CATHY YNDESTAD (1:11:47) of Rosemount, Minnesota.
9th Annual Best of the US National Championship
Lake Phalen, St. Paul, MN
June 22, 2014
1. Matthew Payne - Minnesota - 1:50:39
2. Dan Stubleski - Michigan - 1:51:10
3. Marcus Stromberg - Minnesota - 1:53:13
4. Kevin O'Connor - Minnesota - 1:54:29
5. Sean Cooley - North Dakota - 1:55:27
1. Dani Fischer - Wisconsin - 2:00:47
2. Jennifer Garrison - Illinois - 2:04:54
3. Kirsten Sass - Tennessee - 2:06:17
4. Chris Wickard - Indiana - 2:07:22
5. Lisa Leonard - Nevada - 2:08:10
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