CARY, N.C. -- Cecilia Davis-Hayes and Tim Nichols claimed national titles Saturday at the Long Course Duathlon National Championships, held in conjunction with the Cary Du Classic at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.
Duathletes took to the 5mi run, 33mi bike, 5mi run course in Cary, N.C
Davis-Hayes (New York, N.Y.) came in with a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 15 seconds to take the overall women's title. The finish also placed her atop the standings in the women's 25-29 age group. Aimee Phillippi-Taylor (Glenville, Pa.) won the silver medal with a time of 2:21:56, also taking top honors in the women's 35-39 age group. Rachel Wheeler Northup (Richmond, Va.) rounded out the podium in third after finishing the 5-mile run, 33-mile bike, 5-mile run course in 2:26:06 and winning the gold medal for the 40-44 women.
"There were like four of us running together," Davis-Hayes said. "I came into T1 in third but passed both of them pretty quick on the bike. It's beautiful in the country with the lakes and rolling hills and a really nice, smooth course. I think I hit my fastest [bike] split ever."
Tim Nichols (Wilmington, N.C.) crossed the finish line in 2:06:57 to claim the men's overall and men's 35-39 age group title. Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.) came in second overall in 2:07:33, followed by Mikal Davis (Washington, D.C.) in third with a time of 2:07:42. Slavinski also claimed the men's 45-49 age group title while Davis was the top 25-29 man.
Patrick Parish (Minneapolis, Minn.) had the fastest overall time of the day for the men with 2:06:16, but was not eligible for a national title at Long Course Duathlon Nationals as an elite athlete.
"It was great, just super smooth tarmac the whole way," Parish said. "It was a little warmer than I'm used to, but it started early enough in the morning so it was perfect."
Overall, 26 athletes took home long course duathlon national titles, including Keith Jackson (Englewood, Colo.), Patricia Driscoll (Stowe, Vt.) and David Burkhart (Brighton, Mich.) who defended their titles from 2015. In all, 250 athletes from 31 states raced.
The top 18 athletes in each age group at the Long Course Duathlon National Championships qualified to represent the United States at the ITU Long Course Duathlon World Championships Sept. 1-3, 2017, in Zofingen, Switzerland. Team USA is comprised of amateur athletes who represent the U.S. at each ITU World Championship event. Visit usatriathlon.org/teamusa for more on Team USA.
2016 USA Triathlon Long Course Duathlon National Champions
5mi run, 33mi bike, 5mi run
Age-Group National Champions - Complete Results
Overall Female: Cecilia Davis-Hayes (New York, N.Y.), 2:18:15
Overall Male: Tim Nichols (Wilmington, N.C.), 2:06:57
Elite Male: Patrick Parish (Minneapolis, Minn.), 2:06:16
F17-19: Sanya Mehta (Raleigh, N.C.), 3:06:30
M17-19: Jared Eytcheson (Cary, N.C.), 2:22:39
F20-24: Sydney Le Cras (Mooresville, N.C.), 3:18:12
M20-24: Keith Jackson (Englewood, Colo.), 2:11:46
F25-29: Cecilia Davis-Hayes (New York, N.Y.), 2:18:15
M25-29: Mikal Davis (Washington, D.C.), 2:07:42
F30-34: Meghan Fillnow (Charlotte, N.C.), 2:26:58
M30-34: Darren Brown (Warrenton, Va.), 2:08:18
F35-39: Aimee Phillippi-Taylor (Glenville, Pa.), 2:21:56
M35-39: Tim Nichols (Wilmington, N.C.), 2:06:57
F40-44: Rachel Wheeler-Northup (Richmond, Va.), 2:26:06
M40-44: Jon Noland (Tampa, Fla.), 2:13:14
F45-49: Joanna Younts (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 2:37:01
M45-49: Dave Slavinski (Point Pleasant, N.J.), 2:07:33
F50-54: Jeanne Fleck (Proctor, Minn.), 2:46:42
M50-54: Jay Curwen (Asheville, N.C.), 2:13:25
F55-59: Kristin Allyne (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 2:41:38
M55-59: Barry Lewis (Philadelphia, Pa.), 2:19:03
F60-64: Patricia Driscoll (Stowe, Vt.), 2:59:28
M60-64: David Burkhart (Brighton, Mich.), 2:24:02
F65-69: Anne Viviani (Arlington, Va.), 3:15:44
M65-69: Bob Becker (Midlothian, Va.), 2:31:29
M70-74: John Strait (New Port Richey, Fla.), 2:53:39
F75-79: Sharon Roggenbuck (Hillsborough, N.C.), 4:13:24
M75-79: John Elliott (Columbia, Md.), 3:28:07
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