Arkansas Gives LC Tri National Championships a Warm Welcome

by ITU Admin on 24 Aug, 2005 12:00

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Aug. 23, 2005) – Nate Smith of Merrill, Iowa, and Leslie Curley of Topeka, Kan., were the overall men’s and women’s winners at the 2005 USA Triathlon National Age Group Long Course Triathlon Championships on Saturday in Arkadelphia, Ark.

The race, which was part of the CATS Half Triathlon, consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13-mile run. Temperatures on race day were warm, but not as hot as predicted.

The championship was a qualifier for the 2006 ITU Long Course Triathlon World Championships in Canberra, Australia.

Smith, 22, completed the race in 4 hours, 27 minutes and 58 seconds and had by far the fastest run of the day at 1:26:10. Holger Beckmann (Redondo Beach, Calif.), 40, was second overall in 4:33:55 and Chuck Engle (Ridgeland, Miss.), 34, was third in 4:35:57.

Curley, 35, who finished second overall at the 2004 U.S. Half Triathlon Championship, completed the course in 4:55:17. Elizabeth Fedofsky (Naperville, Ill.), 30, was second overall in 4:56:34 and Jennifer Johnson (Tulsa, Okla.), 28, was third overall in 4:59:15.

Complete results for the weekend are available at

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USAT National Age Group Long Course Triathlon Championship
CATS Half Triathlon
Aug. 20, 2005; Arkadelphia, Ark.
1.2-mile swim; 56-mile bike; 13.1-mile run

Age Group National Champions

M: Brian LeJeune (Baton Rouge La.) 5:01:30
F: Christy Bohannon (River Ridge, La.) 5:42:09

M: Matt McCurdy (Houston, Texas) 4:39:13
F: Jennifer Johnson (Tulsa, Okla.) 4:59:15

M: Chuck Engle (Ridgeland, Miss.) 4:35:57
F: Elizabeth Fedofsky (Naperville, Ill.) 4:56:34

M: Chris Ruling (San Antonio, Texas) 5:03:46
F: Leslie Curley (Topeka, Kan.) 4:55:17

M: Holger Beckmann (Redondo Beach, Calif.) 4:33:55
F: Martha Royall (Edmond, Okla.) 5:32:02

M: Tim Terwey (Austin, Texas) 4:46:03
F: Sue Ann Bacheller (Spring, Texas) 5:45:11

M: Victor Selenow (Buena Vista, Colo.) 5:09:19
F: Susan Selenow (Buena Vista, Colo.) 7:05:56

M: Al Montgomery (Germantown, Tenn.) 5:56:19
F: Eva Sanders (San Marcos, Texas) 9:27:20

M: Mike Peterson (Edmond, Okla.) 5:53:45

M: Robert Foster (San Antonio, Texas) 8:05:20
F: Lis Heckmann (Georgetown, Texas) 7:19:01

Physically Challenged:
Jeff Glasbrenner (Little Rock, Ark.) 6:26:46

M: Sam Guess (Bentonville, Ark.) 5:46:40
F: Alyssa Harper (Memphis, Tenn.) 8:36:14

Alan Morelli (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) 5:38:14

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