Brian Duffy of Pennsylvannia thought he was closing in on his second consecutive victory Sunday in the International distance of the South Beach Triathlon when the humidity got the best of him and Oscar Galindez, a 45-year-old from Argentina thriving in the conditions, went sprinting by him.
Galindez caught Duffy, 28, three miles into the 6.2-mile running portion of the race, and extended his lead by more than a minute by the time he reached the finish line in 1:55:04.
Lauren Woodring from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, won the women’s International race in a time of 2:14:43. Andrew Kalley (1:32:15) of New York and Stephanie Reinhold (1:46:05) of Miami won the shorter Classic Distance races.
Galindez passed Duffy midway through running portion. He is strongest at biking and running, so his strategy was to push himself hard during the .93-mile swim portion so as to not fall too far behind for the final two legs. He left the water in fourth place and pulled into second during the 24-mile bike ride.
“I swam as hard as possible and then took advantage of the traffic affecting runners and cyclists,” Galindez said.
The event raised $400,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
▪ St. Thomas 5, Eckerd College 3: Cesar Ramirez and Jack Diaz each had two RBI as the Bobcats (25-13, 9-5 The Sun Conference) defeated the host Tritons (9-15).
▪ FIU 12, North Texas 3: A.J. Belans blasted two home runs and had six RBI as the Panthers (21-17, 7-5 in Conference USA) completed a sweep of the host Mean Green (18-16, 3-9).
▪ St. Thomas 2-3, Webber 0-11: The host Bobcats (14-16, 3-2 TSC) split a doubleheader on Senior Night.
▪ Barry women9, Florida Southern 0: The host Buccaneers (11-0, 3-0) swept the Moccasins to run their Sunshine State Conference winning streak to 36 matches.
▪ Clemson 4, UM men 3: The Hurricanes fell to host Clemson in a close match.
▪ UM women: The Hurricanes finished ninth with a team total 914 at the Bryan National Collegiate in Browns Summit, North Carolina. Virginia won the team title with a three-round total of 888.
The University of Miami 1V8+ won the Cal Cup at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Hurricanes finished in 7:11.845, beating runner-up Tennessee by nearly eight seconds. Miami also won the Cal Cup victory in 2013.