Donovan among pro leaders in XTERRA triathlon |

Donovan among pro leaders in XTERRA triathlon

Kara LaPoint of Truckee races to a sixth-place finish among pro women at the XTERRA West Championship at Lake Las Vegas on Saturday.
Courtesy XTERRA |

A handful of triathletes from the Truckee and Lake Tahoe area kicked off the season with quality finishes in the XTERRA West Championship at Lake Las Vegas on Saturday.

In the pro division, Kara LaPoint of Truckee recorded a sixth-place finish among women, posting a time of 2:40.07, while JP Donovan of Incline Village placed 11th overall to begin his first pro season.

Donovan, who crossed the finish line in 2:19:32, posted the second-fastest run among the field of 227 pro and amateur triathletes. Only Francisco Serrano of Mexico, who took the overall win with a time of 2:06:56, had a faster run than Donovan, who claimed the overall amateur title at last year’s XTERRA USA Championship.

Josiah Middaugh of Vail, Colo., finished second overall (2:08:44), and Chris Ganter of Boise, Idaho, was third (2:13:48).

Lesley Paterson of San Diego was the top pro woman (15th overall) with a time of 2:24:23. Former Truckee resident and Sierra Sun photographer Emma Garrard, who now lives in Park City, Utah, was the second woman in 2:27:26, and Suzie Snyder of Fredericksburg, Va., was third (2:31:33).

Reno’s Matthew Balzer was the top amateur finisher with his 12th-place finish in 2:21:09.

Truckee’s Sian Turner won the amateur women’s 30-34 age group title, posting a time of 2:50:44. Turner was the 13th woman overall.

Paul Roach of Kings Beach finished 35th overall (18th amateur) and second in his 40-44 age group with a time of 2:38:27, and Kimberly Larson of Truckee finished fourth in her 40-44 division in 3:18:41.

The XTERRA West Championship was the first of five championship races in the XTERRA U.S. Pro Series. Find complete results at

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