Nationals and Xterra and Old Forge, Oh My!
Last week saw some more fantastic performances for three Migonis Multisport athletes. Phil Sconzert, Joan Kane and Amie Thomas were all in action over the weekend and all scored some great results.
Phil competed both Saturday and Sunday at the USAT Age-Group and Sprint Distance Nationals in Omaha, Nebraska. The Age-Group Nationals race on Saturday is considered by many to be the most competitive Olympic distance triathlons in the world other than the World Championships. Some of the best athletes in the country come and compete while at the top of their game vying for a national championship. Phil had a fantastic performance on Saturday, especially on the run. He scored a great time of 2:23:33 while finishing in the top 50 (47th) in the most competitive age-group in the race, the males 30-34 age-group. Phil didn’t have long to enjoy his big race as less than 24 hours later he was at it again racing Sprint Nationals on the same course. This time he not only finished 15th in his age-group, but also scored a new personal best 5k time on the run leg. Pretty amazing to do that at the end of two hard days of racing. His time for the sprint was 1:11:33. Phil has had an amazing season and a breakthrough one at that. He is training hard for 70.3 Worlds on September 10th and with the way he is improving each week and each workout he is setting himself up for a great day in Chattanooga three weeks from now. Great job Phil!
Joan also was in Action on Sunday at another one of her yearly favorites, the Old Forge Triathlon held in beautiful Old Forge, New York. Joan took home yet another podium finish, this time it was the top step as she won her age-group and was 16th female overall in a time of 2:15:57. Joan has been training hard for Ironman 70.3 Maine which is the 27th of August and used Old Forge as a final tune-up for the big day. Based on this result and her comments post-race she is ready to rock 70.3. Awesome job Joan.
Amie raced he second xterra race of the season on Sunday at the Syracuse Xterra event held at Green Lakes State Park in Fayetteville, New York. Amie nearly pulled-out the age-group win when she crossed the line in 2:26:46, just 2 seconds behind first place in the group. Amie’s time was good enough for 6th female overall and gave her two podium finishes in two xterra races this summer (her first summer racing the events). Next up will be cyclocross season in which Amine will compete in several races that involve riding with some running around circuits on trails and grass and jumping barriers along the way. If you’ve never seen a cyclocross race, try to catch one this season, they are a blast to watch and compete in. Well done Amie!
Xterra and Old Forge: http://www.score-this.com/all-multisport