As the season comes into full swing, the events are starting to tick off. This past weekend we had several athletes competing at half Ironman events in Monterrey, Mexico, Santa Rosa, California, and Panama City Beach, Florida.
Jeanni Seymour took her second win of the season with a dominating performance at 70.3 Monterrey. With nearly a 5 minute margin of victory Jeanni claimed the title only a week after her stellar performance at St. George (2nd place).
With the only athlete able to keep her off the top step in 2017 being the reigning 70.3 World Champion, Holly Lawrence, it's shaping up to be an incredibly interesting year for this young pro. Keep your eye on Jeanni. Her next events are still being planned out and Boulder 70.3 a sure thing in August.
After what seemed to be an eternity, we are excited to welcome Felicity Joyce back to racing. Accidents and injuries held her back for the past several seasons but in her first event back on the big stage, she pulled off 2nd place in the F35-39 age group at 70.3 Santa Rosa. Welcome back!
Sam Long (CO) also took on Santa Rosa's course, finishing 10th in the pro race.
From the Timex Factory Team, Cristobal Heitmann finished 17th in the M30-34 age group and Christopher Morales also finished 17th in his M35-39 age group.
The popular race of the weekend was Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast. Here's the result rundown:
Elyse Gallegos (FL) - 1st F30-34
Mike Wien (GA) - 1st M65-69
Emily Rollins (TN) - 3rd F40-44 (Her husband Brad finished 6th in the M45-49 AG)
Helen Phipps (TX) - 2nd F40-44
Kyle Lehman (CO) - 13th M30-34
The Factory Team was also out in full force with the following great finishes:
Sue Briers (5th F60-64); Jenn Stanton (4th F30-34); Chris Fields (50th M40-44); John Bongiovanni (56 M40-44); Felix Chen (25th M30-34); Gabriel Serrao (36th M25-29); LaVonne Rembert (21st F45-49)
This coming weekend is another big one with the first of two 70.3 Chattanooga's, not the World Champs which will also be held in Chattanooga later this year. Stay tuned for more team results!