Groff and Plata win the San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island
Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2008
Eric Gilsenan, Tri-Cal TV
The predicted rain held off for the men and women at Treasure Island last weekend.
Groff and Plata were both were in shape at the right place and the right time to win The San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island, an ITU Pan American Cup which was also the final race in the USA Triathlon Haul to the Great Wall Elite Series. For Groff, it was the first win of her season, after back to back second placements at the ITU Huatulco World Cup and last week's Escape to Bermuda.
She was pushed by Olympian Julie Ertel, which helped propel her to the day's strongest 10K run (37:41) to win by almost a minute in 2:05:49. Ertel look smooth all day she was not far behind in second finishing in 2:06:44, third placement was from the great white north Canadian Rachel McBride in 2:07:16. National Training Center athlete Jillian Petersen took fourth in 2:07:27, with NorCal’s very own Alexis Smith finishing fifth in 2:07:58.
"I came into this race wanting to gain a little bit of confidence to carry me into next year," said Groff. "I had a good run, and it carried me to the win." Obama won, I won; now I’m going to go spend it.
Plata, the future Esquire who won Pacific Grove in September, came from behind on the first loop run to pass Matty Boom Boom Reed to win in 1:54:29. Joe Umphenour was second in 1:54:47, Brian Fleischmann in third in 1:55:03. Francisco Serrano of Mexico was fourth in 1:55:23. Matty Reed finished fifth in 1:55:23.
"I think this is the biggest win in my career," said a very emotional Plata. His mom was in attendance so it made the win that much more enjoyable, he was seen pumping both arms ‘ala Tiger’ in the air after breaking through the finishers tape. "I'm so blessed today, so lucky. I've had a pretty tough go of it. It was a great way to finish the season. I came in dead last at the Olympic Trials. It was rough. I took a couple months off then really resurrected my season at Pacific Grove."
A $40,000 prize purse that went 10-deep for both the men and women was awarded after the races. USAT also supplied another $5,000 in bonuses that was split among the top three U.S. men and women in the race. The Haul to the Great Wall Elite Series titles had already been secured by Ertel and Reed, but the final event clarified who would end up in the second and third place positions. Fleischmann and Umphenour took second and third, for the men. Groff was able to slip past the no show Sarah Haskins to finish second for the women. Reed and Ertel each took home $5,000 and another $5,000 from USAT for being the top Americans in the series. Another $10,000 was split among the second and third place men and women in the series. A $2,500 bonus was awarded to both Groff and Fleischmann as the second-place.
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1. Victor Plata 1:54:29
2. Joe Umphenour 1:54:47
3. Brian Fleischmann 1:55:03
4. Francisco Serrano 1:55:23
5. Matt Reed 1:55:53
6. Michael Raelert 1:55:57
7. Mark Fretta 1:56:16
8. Arturo Garza 1:56:46
9. Kevin Collington 1:57:02
10. Oscar David Preciado 1:57:27
1. Sarah Groff 2:05:49
2. Julie Ertel 2:06:44
3. Rachel McBride 2:07:16
4. Jillian Petersen 2:07:27
5. Alexis Smith 2:07:58
6. Jodie Swallow 2:09:11
7. Ayesha Rollinson 2:10:46
8. Rebecca Witinok-huber 2:11:53
9. Kelly Couch 2:13:15
10. Tenille Hoogland 2:15:45