It was a great weekend in St. George, Utah for Canada’s juniors as they gear up for the World Triathlon Junior Championships in Quarteira, Portugal on Nov. 7. On Saturday at the NCAA qualifying race Kira Gupta-Baltazar took the win, then on Sunday at the Americas Triathlon Championships Junior race Noemie Beaulieu took the win with Sophia Howell taking second.
Beaulieu and Howell were joined by American Faith Dasso in a three-woman breakaway and the three decided the podium spots during the 5 km run. Beaulieu’s 19:12 run split gave her the win in 1:02:48, Dasso took second in 1:03:32, with Howell rounding out the podium in 1:03:59.
Other Canadians in the field included Maira Carreau (fifth, 1:05:06), Clara Normand (sixth, 1:05:45), Raphaelle Rivard (eighth, 1:06:35), Heidi Henry (17th, 1:12:09), Molly Lakustiak (18th, 1:13:13) and Ella Perras (20th, 1:17:26).
Holmes wins men’s race
In the men’s race eventual winner Nicholas Holmes (USA) was also part of a breakaway group, but found himself having to hold off Chile’s Andree Buc for the win – Holmes crossed the line in 58:32, with Buc finishing just nine-seconds later in 58:41. The Netherlands’ Thomas Smans took third.
Other Canadians in the field included:
Nicolas Bolouri (seventh, 1:01:14), James Olson-Keating (eighth, 1:01:30), William Nolet(11th, 1:01:59), Alexandre Leblanc (16th, 1:03:41), Oleksii Kolesov (19th, 1:04:40), Louis Marchand (21st, 1:05:09).
Strong Canadian contingent heads to Quartiere
Nolet isn’t heading to Portugal this weekend, but Mathis Beaulieu will be there along with Olson-Keating. Mathis, a 17-year-old from Quebec City, took fifth in his first international race, the Europe Triathlon Junior Cup in Banyoles, Spain in September. His club-mate, Leo Roy, will also be part of the Canadian team.
For the women Gupta-Baltazar will lead the Canadian contingent along with Noemie Beaulieu, Howell, Carreau and Isla Britton, an 18-year-old medical sciences student at the University of Edinburgh.