The conditions were near perfect last weekend for the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Florida. The event covered both the standard non-draft Olympic and Sprint distance. This years edition included some of the sports top professional triathletes, including names like Jarrod Shoemaker, Eric Lagerstrom, and Cameron Dye in the men’s field. Dye went into last weekend looking to add to his record four St. Anthony titles. On the women’s side, last year’s winner and runner up, Lauren Goss and Alicia Kaye were looking to do battle again on course. While six time champion Sarah Haskins was looking for her record seventh win. This all making the 2018 edition of the race one of the most competitive in event history.
In the men’s Olympic field, Eric Lagerstrom took the win in a time of 1:45:02. While also setting a new course record by 49 seconds. Lagerstrom took the lead going into the run and didn’t look back. Continuing his string of solid results this season; a fourth at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside and a third at Escape Surf City. Rounding out the podium, Jason West came in second and Cameron Dye in third.
The top Canadian in the men’s field was Jackson Laundry. Laundry came out of the water in 9th place, before putting down a sub 54 minute bike split to move up to third. In the run, Laundry slipped off the podium to finish fourth. He was followed by fellow Canadian, Taylor Reid in sixth. A solid result for Reid who is continuing his build towards Ironman 70.3 Victoria in June.
In the women’s Olympic field, Sarah Haskins took the win ahead of Alicia Kaye in second and Lauren Goss in third. Feeling strong in the swim and bike sections, Haskins was able to build a lead and hold on for her seventh win at St. Anthony’s Triathlon. With her record seventh victory, Haskins will be looking to add to her record in 2019.
In the Sprint triathlon, the top three male finishers were Clyde Satterfield, John Reback, and Rasmses Rodriguez. The top three female finishers were Celia Dubey, Yelena Maloney, and Courtine Gilmour.