Yunior Rosete, a Cuban national and Aventura resident, tore past the field to win the elite Olympic division of the Mack Cycle Escape to Miami Triathlon on Sunday.
As the sun broke the South Beach skyline, Rosete, 29 took on an early lead in the swim across Biscayne Bay to Margaret Pace Park. He endured the nearly 25-mile mile rountrip bike course across the Julia Tuttle Causeway to Miami Beach and back in less than an hour, finishing in 2 hours 6 minutes and 4 seconds — nearly four minutes ahead of second-place finisher Anthony Agnello (2:03:58), 26, of Longwood. Finishing third was Thomas Barton of Miami in 2:05:38.
The 6.2-mile run sent the participants across the MacArthur Causeway to Star Island and back and Rosete crossed over left the competition behind on the humid 50-degree morning. More than 2,150 athletes participated in the triathlon.
“I put in a two-hour morning workout before heading to work, and I end the day with a two-hour evening workout,” Rosete said. “To reach my goals, I need to be doing this full time.” said Rosete, who crossed into the United States from Mexico then flew to Miami with the help of a friend. He has been working at Cities Bikes in Aventura for more than four years.
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“I need a sponsor, so winning is important,” Rosete said. “My dream is to make the Olympics, but it’s hard when you have to work also.”
In the women’s competition, Ola Besser, 29, a University of Miami dual medical and doctoral student, won the women’s Olympic division in her fifth try at the Escape race. Besser (2:21:50) finished nearly three minutes ahead of Cori Burnett of Miami Beach (2:24:34).
In the Sprint distance, Vladimir Casanova, 38, of Miami, finished first in 1:01:52, followed by Rudy Robaina (1:02:25), 34, of Jupiter. In the women’s sprint, Crystal Poppell, 41, of Boca Raton, won in 1:14:58, nine seconds better than Monica Rossi-Montero. Julie Lucas of Miami was third in 1:15:29.
Men’s Olympic Division: 1. Yunior Rosete, Aventura, 2:00:04; 2. Anthony Agnello, Longwood, 2:03:58; 3. Thomas Barton, Miami, 2:05:38; 4. Eduardo Mansilla, Rawson, Argentina, 2:06:55; 5. Cristiano Solak, Curitiba, Puerto Rico, 2:11:49; 6. Frederico Monteiro, Curitiba, Puerto Rico; 2:12:42; 7. Federico Mendoza, Miami, 2:14:59; 8. Jorge Herrera, Caracas, Venezuela, 2:15:54; 9. Jeff Cuddeback, Longwood, 2:16:10; 10. Roy Liu, Miami, 2:16:11.
Men’s Sprint Division: 1. Vladimir Casanova, Miami, 1:01:52; 2. Rudy Robaina, Jupiter, 1:02:25; 3. Samuel Jumior, Miami, 1:04:07; 4. Jahan Culbreath, Dayton, OH, 1:05:05; 5. Carlos Dolabella, Key Biscayne, 1:05:34; 6. Marcel Jane, Miami, 1:05:46; 7. Nick Lichtwark, Fort Lauderdale, :06:04; .8. Sharif Kakooza, Miami, 1:07:21; 9. Carlos Martinez, Bradenton, 1:07:37; 10. Abraham Cohen, Miami, 1:07:58.
Women's Olympic Division: 1. Ola Besser, Miami Beach, 2:21:50; 2. Cori Burnett, Miami Beach, 2:24:34; 3. Gabriela Tupayachi, Lexington, KY, 2:28:40; 4. Evelyn Salama, Pembroke Pines 2:29:25; 5. Valeria Rodriguez, Miami, 2:29:44; 6. Marianne Curtis, Miami, 2:29:55; 7. Daniella Draughon, Fort Lauderdale, 2:30:41; 8. Oriana Bafunno, Miami, 2:32:33; 9. Emilie Ney, Bay Harbor Islands, FL 2:33:34; 10. Rachel Blechman, Miami, 2:34:42.
Women’s Sprint Division: 1. Crystal Poppell, Boca Raton, 1:14:58; 2. Monica Rossi-Montero, Miami, 1:15:07; 3. Julie Lucas, Miami, 1:15:29; 4. Tiffany Liff, Pompano Beach, 1:16:36; 5. Carol Hassell, West Palm Beach, 1:16:40; 6. Deidre Novotny, Fort Lauderdale, 1:17:01; 7. Ngozi Uwah, Pompano Beach, 1:17; 8. Lisa Schejola Akin, Miami Beach, 1:20:05; 9. Maggie Rezende, Miami, 1:22:11; 10. Ashley Heclo, Boynton Beach, 1:23:20.
Corey W. Campbell