Victoria’s Melanie McQuaid and South Africa’s Conrad Stoltz took home close victories today at the XTERRA South Central Championship race at Waco, Texas.
Guelph’s Christine Jeffrey led all athletes out of the water, followed by McQuaid who put together a great swim-bike combo to pass Jeffrey, and to stay ahead of reigning XTERRA World Champion Shonny Vanlandingham (posted the top bike and run). McQuaid also won last week at the XTERRA West Championships at Nevada, where the standings of the top three women were the same.
Top 5 women
1. Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 2:20:31
2. Shonny Vanlandingham (USA) 2:21:12
3. Christine Jeffrey (CAN) 2:28:07
4. Suzie Snyder (USA) 2:29:55
5. Emma Garrard (USA) 2:30:20
In the men’s race Stoltz notched his 38th career title (the most XTERRA wins ever, breaking Jamie Whitmore’s record of 37). Josiah Middaugh chased hard but came up just eight seconds behind Stoltz.
Top 5 Men
1. Conrad Stoltz (RSA) 2:05:34
2. Josiah Middaugh (USA) 2:05:42
3. Seth Wealing (USA) 2:05:49
4. Nicolas Lebrun (FRA) 2:08:33
5. Branden Rakita (USA) 2:08:51