Nicole Sin Quee and Jessica Purcell made a field trip to Tucson, AZ for the Duathlon National Championship this weekend, and both ladies had impressive and inspiring performances.
The course included a pair of 5k runs on a challenging course, and a 35k ride on rolling terrain between the runs. NSQ was 8th into T1, made up some ground on the ride and though she struggled with the Arizona heat late in the race (and was the medical tent’s “first wabbler”) when she finished she became the 40-44 age group National Champion, and finished 8th overall. She even got a nifty custom National Champion jersey for her efforts.
Jess got stronger as the race progressed, and finished in 37th place overall, which was good for 6th in the 30-34 AG. Ms. Purcell has also earned a spot on the National Team.
Not only were our ladies impressive, but we got to meet and see lots of other fine athletes and people. Gail Kattouf, Ellen Hart, Erica Ruge, Corrie Kristick, Heidi Beck, and others were gracious and fast.
Both Nicole and Jessica will be at the World Championship in Nancy, France this fall decked out in red, white and blue as part of Team USA. Congratulations ladies. You made your coach very proud.