Several Coloradans named Athletes of the Year by USA Triathlon

It is no surprise that a handful of Coloradans have landed on this list. Many triathletes and duathletes call the Centennial State their home, and we just want to recognize their accomplishments.

  • Men’s Junior Triathlete Honorable Mention: Graham Tuohy (Lakewood, CO)
  • Men’s Masters Triathlete Honorable Mention: Bob McRae (Arvada, CO)
  • Women’s Masters Triathlete Honorable Mention: Kelly Phuah (Littleton, CO) and Steph Popelar (Elizabeth, CO)
  • Women’s Off-Road Age-Group Triathlete of the Year: Deanna McCurdy (Littleton, CO)
  • Women’s Off-Road Age Group Triathlete Honorable Mention: Sharon McDowell-Larsen (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Men’s Overall Age-Group Duathlete Honorable Mention: Keith Jackson (Loveland, CO)
  • Women’s Overall Age-Group Duathlete Honorable Mention and Women’s Junior Duathlete of the Year: Cassidy Hickey (Parker, CO)
  • Men’s Masters Duathlete Honrable Mention: Kevin Konczak (Boulder, CO)
  • Women’s Grand Masters Duathlete Honorable Mention: Valerie Eipper (Longmont, CO)
  • Women’s Great Grand Masters Duathlete Honorable Mention: Phyllis Yester (Golden, CO)
  • Men’s Olympic/ITU Triathlete of the Year: Eli Hemming (Kiowa, CO)
  • Men’s Elite Rookie of the Year: Morgan Pearson (Boulder, CO)
  • Men’s Elite Off-Road Triathlete of the Year: Josiah Middaugh (Vail, CO)

From USA Triathlon

About Athlete of the Year
Each year, elite and age-group multisport athletes are honored for their performances over the past season. USA Triathlon’s Age-Group Athletes of the Year for triathlon and duathlon are selected by the USA Triathlon Age Group Committee and USA Triathlon Duathlon Committee, respectively. USA Triathlon’s Elite Triathletes of the Year, Elite Paratriathletes of the Year and U-23 and Junior Elite Athletes of the Year are selected by the USA Triathlon Athlete Advisory Council.

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Hickey, Flynn capture USAT Youth Nationals

Photo by Archi Trujillo

From Slowtwitch
By Timothy Carlson

Cassidy Hickey of Parker, Colorado outsprinted Faith Dasso of New Braunfels, Texas and Hope Frost of Suffolk, Virginia to take the USA Triathlon Youth Nationals by 1 and 2 seconds respectively. In a very different scenario Andrew Flynn of Wilmette, Illinois ran away from Graham Tuohy of Lakewood, Colorado and Lawson McLeod of Tampa, Florida to win the Elite Boys Youth Nationals by 18 seconds in the super sprint format event in West Chester, Ohio Saturday.

Girls

On the 375 meter swim, 10 kilometer bike and 2.5 kilometer run course which operates under draft-legal rules, Hickey stacked the odds against her with a 5:49 swim split that left her in 23rd place and just under 30 seconds arrears in the second chase pack on the bike. Meanwhile Dasso, who started with a 5:39 bike split, surged to a solo lead which gave her a 10 seconds advantage at T2, followed by a 5-girl front chase pack. Hickey worked hard to join Hope Frost and rest of the lead chasers.

“On the bike, I wasn’t catching the pack as fast as I wanted to,” Hickey told USA Triathlon media. “With Faith pulling that front pack before she jumped, it was making it hard for me to catch, because she’s a really strong biker. Then when she jumped, it caused the pack to slow down quickly, which allowed me to catch.”

“I think it was definitely a mental game and would come down to who had it at the end,” Hickey told Slowtwitch. “Faith obviously went out on the run with a 10 seconds lead on me and I had a 4 second lead on Hope.”

Hickey said she was charging on Dasso, spurred on by Frost as they approached the final quarter mile. “I came up on Faith as we passed the team tents with 200 meters to go,” she said. “I still had a little bit of a lead on Hope – probably 4-5 seconds when she started surging. That is why I started moving on Faith for the finish. In the final 100 meters, Faith and I were right next to each other.“

At the finish, it was Hickey in 33:18, Dasso in 33:19 and Frost in 33:20. “It felt like I had a pretty good body length on Faith, said Hickey. “I didn’t have time to hold up the finish tape, so I ran right through it.”

Hickey is 15 years old and will begin her sophomore year at Highlands Ranch High School this month where she will be super busy. Hickey will compete in cross country, track and field, swimming and mountain bike racing. Hickey was running 5th in this race last year but was bumped to 8th due to a penalty. Hickey won her age group at USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals at ages 8, 10, 11 and 12.

While they live far apart, the girls on the podium consider themselves good friends thanks to years competing against one another on the USAT age group circuit. “Hope and I gave been racing together since we were 9 years old,” said Hickey. “I was happy she was able to snag the last spot on the podium. Faith also is a real close friend. We had a plan going into nationals and it worked out for the both of us.”

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