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Saturday, March 11, 2017
Trio Compete in Elite Triathlon Championships

Palmer, Smith & Hawley
Erica Hawley, Lynsey Palmer and Tyler Smith all competed in the North American Junior Elite Triathlon Championships.

Hawley followed up her podium finish during the Central American and Caribbean Junior Elite Triathlon Championships with perhaps an even more impressive 4th place finish against a field that included three of the top Junior Triathlon Nations in USA, Canada and Mexico.

Hawley just missed out on a podium spot when she had a sprint finish with Canadian Kyla Roy, both were given the same time of 59.26, however Hawley was declared 4th. Hawley finished 20 seconds behind the champion Hye Jeong of Korea, her training partner in Boulder, Colorado where she is attending university who was clocked at 59.09.

Hawley completed the 750 meter Swim in 10.38, she was with the lead group of Cyclists over the 20km Bike Course which she completed in 29.14. She then showed just how much her run has improved as she recorded an impressive time of 18.46 for the 5km run to Jeongís 18.20, while 2nd place went to Hannah Henry, also from Canada clocking 59.13.

Palmer, competing for the first time in the 16-19 Age Group crossed the line in 51st place stopping the clock in 1:09.11. Palmer exited the water clocking a time of 12.05 for the Swim, she then recorded a time of 34.59 on the Bike Course and then she completed the Run Course in a time of 21.13.

Smith gave himself a challenge in the Menís Field after he completed the Swim in 10.27, with the lead group out of the water in 9.22. Smith then found himself in a group of Cyclists with alot to do going into the run after clocking 28:01 on the Bike Course. Smith made a big breakthrough on the Run recording the 4th fastest 5km of the day clocking 16.40 to cross the line in 9th place with an overall time of 56.11.
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