By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
A RAINY weekend in New Providence held up just long enough for the Bahamas Triathlon Association to crown new champions in the return of its National Championships which served as both a CARIFTA and Commonwealth Games qualifier.
Armando Moss emerged as the overall men’s champion and simultaneously qualified for the upcoming Commonwealth Games following his standout performance Sunday morning at Jaws Beach.
Moss, 30, completed the course in 1:06:54 seconds - a 10:17 swim, 30:28 bike, and a 24:30 second run. Jorge Marcos finished second overall at 1:11:19 and Shawn Andrews was third at 1:13.26.
The Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, England.
Carolyn Thompson was the overall women’s champion after she completed the course in 1:19:35. Suzy Eneas was second in 1:20:35 and Sylvia Bateman third in 1:21:37.
The event featured a sprint distance for the open division - 750m swim, a 20 km bike ride, and a 5km run.
Additional men’s age group winners included Barron Musgrove Jr (16-19) in 1:26:37, Ralph Wood (20-29) in 1:13:58, Dion Cunningham (30-39) in 1:16:51, Simone Bertoldo (40-49) in 1:14:09, Andrew White (50-59) in 1:18:05, Gerald Walthen (60-69) in 1:21:18 and Ulrich Filser (70- 99) in 1:41:52.
Women’s age group winners included Kami Roach (16-19) in 1:26:32, Barbara Kiraly (30-39) in 1:27:54, Lynn Pritchard (40-49) in 1:29:49, and Sanchia Fitzmaurice (50-59) in 1:31:54.
The 13-14 age group competed in a 400m swim, 10km bike, and 2.5km run.
The 11-12 division featured a 200m swim, 5km bike, and 2km run; the 9-10 division featured a 100m swim, 5km ride, and a 1km run, while the 8U division competed in a 50m swim and 1km bike ride.
In the 13-14 division, Ayden Bain won the boys’ race in 37:53 while Launy Duncombe was second in 38:12 and Enea Gervasini was third in 39:53. Erin Pritchard won the girls race in 44:16 followed by Anjaléah Knowles in 54.45.
Lauchlan Menzies took first place in the boys 11-12 in 27:14 followed by Jayden Smith in 27:44 and Sibby Fynn Potter in 28:23.
Taylor Knowles finished first among girls in 37:59 and Paityn Burrows was second in 40.55.
Frasier Menzies took the top spot in the boys’ 9-10 in 14:42 followed by Lyall Menzies in 15:03 and Stafford Sweeting in 15:15.
The 8 and Under division top spot was claimed by Alan Gervasini in 6:11, Jay McCoy was second in 8:10 and Amelia Rolle was first among the girls in 5:55.
The 2022 CARIFTA Triathlon and Aquathlon Championships are slated for September 23-24 at Clearwater Beach, Southside, Bermuda.
Headed into the National Championships, there were 21 CARIFTA qualifiers with nine spots outstanding as the association looks to field a 30-member team.
The CARIFTA age groups are 11-12, 13-15, 16-19, and under-21.
Team members will be selected using a points system with combined scores from both the Nationals and the Powerade Potcakeman Triathlon in March.
• Full event results are available at www.raceprompt.com