Reed, Gross Capture Amica 19.7 Phoenix
LINCOLN, RI – U.S. National Champion and former Olympian Matty Reed dominated the field and emerged the winner of the 2011 Amica 19.7 Phoenix sprint triathlon earlier this week under picture perfect skies at Wildhorse Pass, Chandler, AZ.
Reed, the 2008 Olympian Trial champion, finished the half-mile swim, 16.1-mile bike and 5K run with a winning time of 1:04:15.
“I am happy with the way I raced today. It’s always great to win,” said Reed, who currently has the highest-ever finish of a U.S. athlete at an ITU World Championship (fifth at the 2008 Worlds). “The course was technical and had a lot of corners. I really enjoyed it.”
Reed was second out of the water behind Brian Lamar, who finished as the overall runner-up (1:05:02).
“I had a bit of a cold and had trouble breathing during the swim,” said Reed. “I didn’t feel on top of my game. But I knew I could break out on the bike. I put everything I had into the bike.”
“Matty (Reed) is an ox on the bike,” said Lamar. ”It’s really hard to stay with him. He showed his strength and I started to fade. Overall, I was pleased with my performance today.”
Lamar's second-place finish was just ahead of Matthew Russell, who placed third with a time of 1:05:05.
Lauren Gross was the first female to cross the finish line at Wildhorse Pass. She took the Amica 19.7 sprint distance title with her winning time of 1:12:13.
“'I had an awesome race today,” said Gross. “I really struggled this season, so this was a good day for me. I was second out of the water, took the lead on the bike and ran by myself the whole way. The run was good and fast.”
Charisa Wernick was the runner-up in the women’s pro division. She finished in 1:13:22. Kathy Rakel took third (1:14:24).
A mix of professionals, amateurs and first-time competitors were among the hundreds of triathletes who competed at the Amica 19.7 Phoenix. The pros competed for a $10,000 prize purse in the Amica 19.7 Phoenix sprint.
The event also featured an international distance triathlon. Peter Nye was the victor, finishing the 1.5K swim, a 34K bike ride and 10K run in 1:53:35.
The top female in the international distance was Cara Payne. She took the title in 2:08:43. The Amica 19.7 Phoenix is part of the 2011 Amica 19.7 Triathlon Series, a sprint distance series of events held throughout the country. The Amica 19.7 Phoenix was the final event in the 10-race series.
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