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Posted: February 20, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Triathlon: Defending Champs Seek "Best Of The US" Berths At White Lake Sprint

(St. Paul, MN – 2/22/2009)–– "Best of the US" Management and Set-Up Events Inc. invite the triathletes of the Tar Heel State to race at the 14th annual WHITE LAKE SPRINT / BEST OF THE US NORTH CAROLINA QUALIFIER in scenic White Lake, NC on May 3. This is the fifth consecutive year that WHITE LAKE SPRINT has hosted the NC qualifier. The fastest amateur male and female North Carolina resident will be invited to represent themselves and their state at the 5th annual Best of the US National Championship in Mission Viejo, California on September 27.

Mason Boyles of Wilmington, and Chris Tommerdahl of Chapel Hill, will attempt to defend their White Lake Sprint titles on May 3. Tommerdahl, a national class talent who some believe will be among the nominees for Athlete of the Year at season's end, will be the clear favorite for the women, especially in the absence of Stacey Richardson, also of Chapel Hill. (Richardson will be racing for a Hawaiian Ironman and/or 70.3 Worlds slot at St. Croix on May 3.) Tommerdahl and Richardson have been successful in past editions of the Best of the US Championship. Richardson, despite injury, placing 9th in 2007; Tommerdahl finished an impressive 4th last year.

Boyles was only 15 when he won last year's White Lake event. He accepted his BOUS invitation but later declined it due to school-related obligations. If he is able to defend his title, he plans on making the trip to Mission Viejo.

Mason Boyles is not well known outside the Carolinas and a good performance at the Best of the US Championship would show the world what his regional peers already know, i.e. that he is one of the most talented junior triathletes in America. Other relatively unknown juniors who have made a national name for themselves, thanks to their participation in the BOUS program, include Oklahoma's Daniel Agnew (6th at the 2006 BOUS Championship), who in now a professional triahlete, Texas's Amanda Russell (18th in 2006) and Washington's Robert Webster, Jr., who stunned the tri world with his 4th place finish at Best of the US Nationals in 2007.

There is no shortage of great triathletes in North Carolina. If Boyles and Tommerdahl are unable to advance, the Tar Heel State will still be well represented at the Championship. Some of the other top performers we hope to see on May 3 include Brianne Gaal, Brianne Godwin, Kate Martin, Donny Forsyth, Dan Young, Mario De Elias, Paul McCall, Justin Park, Tom Clifford and Lance Leo. And let's not forget David Sokolosky, who was a dominant force in the North Carolina Triathlon Series in 2007 (though he was edged out by Boyles at White Lake), and 20-year-old phenom Greg Billington.

For more information on the White Lake Sprint Triathlon, visit

The Best of the U.S. Amateur Triathlete Competition is produced by Best of the US, LLC of Saint Paul, Minnesota.


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