Youth Cup Standings After Two Races
– Bergman, Mackenzie, Mastroianni & Chant all Series leaders –
July 18, 2017 – Triathlon Ontario’s second stop in the five-race Youth Cup Series was this past Sunday’s Stittsville KOS. The 14-15 age division got a chance to experience a new format, the grand prix. The race also served as an Ontario Summer Games qualifier, with three spots available for next year’s Games in London.
The grand prix format consisted of three short and fast races, points were awarded by finishing position and after three races, the one with the lowest point total was the winner. The 12-13 age division raced in a traditional youth triathlon format.
In the girl’s 12-13 age group, Astrid Bergman took the win and held her spot on top of the Series standings, while on the boy’s side, Ian Mackenzie made it back-to-back victories to earn maximum Series points so far.
In the 14-15 age group, Sudbury’s Isabella Mastroianni finished first in all three heats to earn the lowest point total and claim victory, giving her a nine point Series lead after two events. In the boy’s race, Jacob Chant followed up last month’s second place in Ottawa with a victory to take the Series lead by eight points.
The grand prix format is fast and fun and helps develop speed, tactics and recovery. Both nationally and provincially, development programs are putting a greater emphasis on short and fast racing. The super sprint distance is usually the same distance as the relay distance and is becoming a growing importance in the high performance pathway in triathlon. For example, the relay is now an Olympic discipline and is a staple in the Commonwealth Games, super sprint/qualification heats were used in the 2017 National Championships, relays make up 3/5ths of the Canada Summer Games format and mixed relay became an official medal discipline in last year’s Ontario Summer Games.
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