Page Lester led the 13–15 year-old Youth Elite Females out of the water at the Richmond Youth Elite Cup and raced her way to a fifth place finish, qualifying for the 2014 USA Triathlon Youth Elite National Championship in her very first draft-legal triathlon. Others in the herd racing in their first draft-legal triathlon included Erin Bell, Abbie Furlow, Sam Furlow, Jack Knibb, Kat McNeill, Angus Ricks, and Peyton Vance. Bridgette Kim and Anna Lausch, with one and four draft-legal triathlons under their race belts, respectively, continued to build upon the momentum they started at the Clermont Draft Legal Challenge in Florida in early March. The East Coast Triathlon Festival is one of only three draft-legal Elite Cup races – and the only one on this side of the Mississippi – for triathletes to qualify for the USA Triathlon Youth Elite and Junior Elite National Championships in Ohio this August.
In total, 12 athletes represented the MINI COW TRI CLUB's High Performance and Competition Teams in the Junior Elite, Youth Elite, and Youth races. Benjamin Lausch posted an 8th place finish among all the 11–15 year-old males in the non-drafting Youth race after a strenuous morning cheering on his teammates.
The next opportunity for our Youth and Juniors to qualify for Nationals is the Monroe Elite Cup in Monroe, WA, on June 22. In the meantime, check out the East Coast Triathlon Festival gallery.