Erica Hawley added to her experience racing in the top ranks as she took on an adult and top junior women’s field in the Camtri Triathlon Series in Clermont, Florida on Saturday.
For Erica racing with the likes of Sarah Haskins, world championships silver medalist in 2008 and still one of the USA’s to professional triathletes, was a big step up but she handled herself well.
As always, the swim is critical in draft legal racing and Erica’s 750m swim left her chasing the leading packs on the 20km bike. Despite the heat, Erica showed good form on the 5km run and her coach, Canadian Kelly Guest was pleased with her overall performance especially as she went into the race after a bout of flu.
Erica’s time of 1 hr 06 mins 05 secs saw her finish 31st out of 39 starters. Her splits were :
Swim 750m : 11 min 25 secs Bike 20km draft legal: 32 : 25 and Run 5km : 20 :21
The race was won by Taylor Knibb of the USA who was the silver medalist at the 2015 junior elite 16-19 world championships in Chicago. Sarah Haskins was 2nd whilst India Lee of the UK, who represented GB at the world championships in Chicago in the womens pro field, was 3rd.
Erica has remained in Florida and is training with coach Kelly Guest and a Canadian junior elite squad ahead of this Saturday’s 16-19 junior elite North American Championships.