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Local triathletes fare well at XTERRA Worlds

Staff report

Truckee triathlete Kara LaPoint finished 13th in the pro women’s field and third among Americans at the XTERRA World Championship in Maui last weekend.

Truckee and Tahoe City were well represented at the 20th XTERRA World Championship off-road triathlon in Kapalua, Maui, on Nov. 1.

Robert and Wendy Kronkhyte of Tahoe City and Truckee's Kara LaPoint, Sian Turner Crespo and Kimberly Larson held their own in a field of 800 triathletes from 43 countries.

LaPoint recorded a 13th-place finish in the pro women's field and was the third American, crossing the finish in 3:26:18.

Turner Crespo placed fourth in women's 30-34 age group with a time of 3:46:31, Larson was 12th in women's 40-44 age group (4:07:30), Robert Kronkhyte was 27th in men's 55-59 age group (4:15:22), and Wendy Kronkhyte was 28th in the women's 45-49 age group (5:55:43).

Former Sierra Sun photographer Emma Garrard, who now resides in Park City, Utah, was the top American and third in the pro women's field, posting a time of 3:03:28.

Josiah Middaugh of Vail, Colo, claimed the overall win in 2:35:32, and Flora Duffy of Bermuda was the top woman and 16th overall in 2:54:17.

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The World Championship course started in the relatively calm waters off of D.T. Fleming Beach, continued with a 20-mile mountain bike that traversed the West Maui Mountains, and finished with a grueling 6.5-mile trail run. There was more than 4,000-feet of combined climbing on the bike and run courses.

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