Doron-Peters and Gruber win Wildflower Collegiate Olympic Distance Titles
Yoni Doron-Peters of UC Berkeley outran defending champion Bill Jones of UC San Diego and Elizabeth Gruber, representing Oregon State, topped Shelley Harper of Berkeley to win the Wildflower Olympic distance individual Collegiate titles,
Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013
LAKE SAN ANTONIO, CALIFORNIA -- Yoni Doron-Peters of Cal Berkeley and Elizabeth Gruber, a grad student representing her undergraduate alma mater Oregon State, won the individual overall titles at the Wildflower Olympic distance Collegiate Championship Sunday.
Collegiate Men's Race
Defending Wildflower Collegiate men's champion William Jones of UC San Diego took on the choppy, windswept waters of Lake San Antonio with intensity, fending off a challenge from Stanford's Erik Ravnan in the final 200 meters to hit the beach first in a time of 18:49, 7 seconds ahead of Ravnan and a minute 50 ahead of Doron-Peters and Scott Kolofer of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Charging hard on the hilly, 40-kilometer bike leg, Doron-Peters and Kolofer caught Jones at the 25-kilometer mark. At that point, Jones was rested and ready to fight back so the trio settled for a draw to the end of the ride/
Doron-Peters arrived in the bike to run transition in a virtual tie with Jones and Kolofer. However, Kolofer flatted on the final steep downhill, crashed and quickly picked himself up, shaken but not injured. Kolofer fell back immediately, while Jones struggled to stay with the Berkeley man but surrendered at the 2 kilometer mark. Doron-Peters proceeded to unleash a race-fastest 35:16 10k split over the rugged and very hilly Wildflower run course to seal the win. On a chilly, windy day covered by a charcoal sky, Doron-Peters finished in 2:05:44 with a 1 minute, 44 seconds margin of victory over Jones and 2 minutes 24 seconds up on 3rd-place finisher Kolofer, who held on fror the final podium spot despite the crash.
The win was Doron-Peters' best result to date. He placed 10th at the USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals this March.
Collegiate Women's Race
After the swim, Gruber was a discouraging 7 minutes 30 seconds behind swim leader Shelley Hayes of Cal Berkeley's superb 19:25 split and a daunting 4:05 behind top contender Kaori Funahashi of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Gruber began the hard work of getting back in contention with a 3rd-best 1:20:05 bike split that cut Harper's margin by 2:18 and Funahashi's advantage by 59 seconds. Elizabeth Noey of Los Angeles, who started with similarly slow 26:08 swim, blasted into contention with race-best 1:19:24 split which left her 1:28 ahead of Gruber.
Gruber then proceeded to slash through the field with a race-fastest 35:16 run that rocketed her past Harper at the 7 kilometer mark. Gruber finished her day with a time of 2:27:57 with a 1:59 advantage on runner-up Harper and 2:13 on Funahashi. After a 41:30 run, Noey finished 4th, 12 seconds back of Funahashi.
Overall Age Group races
Mark Tripp of Redondo Beach, California won his second straight overall Wildflower Olympic distance age group men's title and the men's 30-34 age group division in a time of 2:08:00. Tripp topped second overall and men's 16-19 age group division winner Alistair Eeckman by 1:51. John Murphy of Napa, California finished 3rd overall and took the men's 45-49 title with a time of 2:11:52.
Kambria Schumacher of Crawfordville, Oregon won the women's age group overall title and the women's 25-29 division in a time of 2:28:36. Stacia Watson of Thousand Oaks, California finished second overall and won the women's 35-39 division in a time of 2:33:02. Alessandra Sales of San Carlos, California finished 3rd overall woman and finished 2nd in the 25-29 division with a time of 2:33:51.
Two triathletes of some note also took part in the race today. Two-time ITU Olympic distance World Champion, 2000 Olympic silver medalist, 2006 ironman World Champion and XTERRA World Champion Michellie Jones took some time off from her announcing duties for Tri California to mix it up as a guest starter on the collegiate women's wave. Jones started well back on the swim but finished well ahead of the college girls.
Dean Harper of Walnut Creek, California, who won the very first Wildflower long course event 31 years ago as a professional, won the men's Olympic distance 60-64 age group title on a time of 2:32:46.
The 31st Wildflower Triathlon Festival concluded with the Olympic distance race, which drew 1,883 individual entrants and 315 relay contestants.
Wildflower Olympic Distance Triathlon
May 5, 2013
Swim 1.5k / Bike 40k / Run 10k
Top 10 Men
1. Yoni Doron-Peters ( Berkeley CA) 2:05:44
2. William Jones (La Jolla CA) 2:07:28
3. Scott Kolofer (San Luis Obispo CA) 2:08:08
4. Erik Ravnan (Stanford CA) 2:11:34
5. Brandt Champion (Berkeley CA) 2:11:52
6. Connor Sousa (San Luis Obispo CA) 2:12:56
7. Jeffrey Dahlen (La Jolla CA) 2:15:17
8. Dylan Bridges-Oliva (Chico CA) 2:15:32
9. Laun Takacsi-Nagy (Berkeley CA) 2:15:35
10. Andrew Roos (Menlo Park CA) 2:16:36
Top 10 Women
1. Elizabeth Gruber (Loma Linda CA) 2:27:57
2. Shelley Harper (Berkeley CA) 2:29:56
3. Kaori Funahashi (San Luis Obispo CA) 2:20:10
4. Elizabeth Noey (Los Angeles CA) 2:30:22
5. Hannah Riedl (Missoula MT) 2:31:38
6. Gina Horath (La Jolla CA) 2:32:48
7. Jessica Miller (Berkeley CA) 2:33:40
8. Stephanie Thornton (Santa Barbara CA) 2:35:19
9. Brittany Day (Santa Paula CA) 2:36:20
10. Sarah Tusting (Benicia CA) 2:37:06
Top 10 Men Overall
1. Mark Tripp (Redondo Beach CA) 2:08:00 * M30-34
2. Alistair Eeckman (Berkeley CA) 2:09:51 * M16-19
3. John Murphy (Napa CA) 2:11:52 * M45-49
4. Darren Baker (Lafayette CA) 2:12:16 * M45-49
5. Blair Bronson (Corvallis OR) 2:13:16 * M25-29
6. Brett Brown (Paso Robles CA) 2:14:42 * M30-34
7. Tomas Emerick (San Francisco CA) 2:15:03 * M45-49
8. Peter Kain (Cupertino CA) 2:15:35 * M50-54
9. James Janik (Englewood CO) 2:16:14 * M35-39
10. Scott Frandsen (Kelowna BC Canada) 2:16:48 * M30-34
Top Ten Women Overall
1. Kambria Schumacher (Crawfordville OR) 2:28:36 * F25-29
2. Stacia Watson (Thousand Oaks CA) 2:33:02 * F35-39
3. Alessandra Sales (San Carlos CA) 2:33:51 * F25-29
4. Madi Serpico (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) 2:35:52 * F20-24
5. Linda Vigil (Carlsbad CA) 2:36:45 * F45-49
6. Jene Shaw (Del Mar CA) 2:39:05 * F25-29
7. Whitney Small (San Luis Obispo CA) 2:40:08 * F20-24
8. Kendall Perrine (San Luis Obispo CA) 2:40:09 * F20-24
9. Nancy Lau (Fremont CA) 2:41:32 * F40-44
10. Courtney Green (San Francisco CA) 2:42:43 * F30-34
Age Group Division Winners
Female 13-16 Christina Hashimoto (Pacific Grove CA) 2:45:59
Female 16-19 Sami Lee (Fresno CA) 2:57:03
Female 20-24 Madi Serpico (Calgary, Alberta Canada) 2:35:52
Female 25-29 Kambria Schumacher (Crawfordville OR) 2:28:36
Female 30-34 Courtney Green (San Francisco CA) 2:42:43
Female 35-39 Stacia Watson (Thousand Oaks CA) 2:33:02
Female 40-44 Nancy Lau (Fremont CA) 2:41:32
Female 45-49 Linda Vigil (Carlsbad CA) 2:36:45
Female 50-54 Catherine Frye (Campbell CA) 2:51:17
Female 55-59 Linda Curtis (Pleasanton CA) 2:59:24
Female 60-64 Sally Gaines (Mammoth Lakes CA) 3:04:17
Female 65-69 Carol Weston (Tehachapi CA) 3:38:28
Female 70-74 Sally Adam (San Luis Obispo CA) 4:12:29
Male 13-15 Nils Taylor (Somis CA) 2:38:05
Male 16-19 Alistair Eeckman (Berkeley CA) 2:09:51
Male 20-24 Dillon Hollinger (Clayton CA) 2:24:35
Male 25-29 Blair Bronson (Corvallis OR) 2:13:16
Male 30-34 Mark Tripp (Redondo Beach CA) 2:08:00
Male 40-44 Todd Malcolm (Calgary, Alberta Canada) 2:25:02
Male 45-49 John Murphy (Napa CA) 2:11:52
Male 50-54 Peter Kain (Cupertino CA) 2:15:35
Male 55-59 Fred Maggiore (Santa Barbara CA) 2:39:47
Male 60-64 Dean Harper (Walnut Creek CA) 2:32:46
Male 65-69 Paul Griffin (Winters CA) 3:04:02
Male 70-74 Thomas Duket (Topanga CA) 3:17:41
Male 75-79 Ben Horner (Lincoln CA) 4:03:14
Physically Challenged Male
1. Mohammed Lahna (San Mateo CA) 3:03:21
2. Mark Barr (Houston TX) 3:07:05
3. Brian Krug (Walnut Creek CA) 3:43:03
Physically Challenged Female
1. Tisa Cawthon (Monterey CA) 3:32:45