USA Triathlon announces top age-groupers

2000 USAT Amateur Triathlete of The Year Tim Luchinske
Tim Luchinske had a stellar year as an amateur triathlete, and hes turning pro. His year was so good, in fact, that hes been named USATs amateur of the year. While some might have thought Floridas Jeff Cuddeback deserved the honor, it is hard to find fault with Luchinskes season.

Luchinske, 29, was the first amateur finisher last year at the Powerman Alabama Duathlon, the Buffalo Springs Lake half-Ironman, Ironman USA Lake Placid, and the Hawaii Ironman, where he finished 16th overall in 8:50. At that same race, Cuddeback, 42, capped off his season by setting a new record for the 40-44 age group (9:05:33).

John Brockenbrough of Pittsburgh was USATs male master of the year, again beating Cuddeback in the voting, and again the subject of a "pick 'em." Either candidate wouldve been deserving. John Brockenbroughs father, Roger, won the grandmasters title for duathlon.

Richard Clark won the grandmaster triathlon title in a race perhaps less tight, considering the great year Clark had.

Top female open and masters title went to Donna Kay Ness and Karen McKeachie respectively. Ethel Autorino won out over Sister Madonna Buder in the grandmaster category — quite a feat considering how soundly the well-known Catholic nun trounces everyone in her age group on a regular basis.

The rest of the results are below, along with those warranting an honorable mention (HM).

Triathlon

Male Open Winner: Tim Luchinske/Seattle, Wash./29 yrs. old
HM: Brian Fleischmann/Tallahassee, Fla./22 yrs. old
HM: Jeff Cuddeback/Longwood, Fla./42 yrs. old
HM: Pete Kain/Cupertino, Calif./37 yrs. old
HM: John Brockenbrough/Pittsburgh, Pa./42 yrs. old

Male Masters Winner: John Brockenbrough/Pittsburgh, Pa./42 yrs. old
HM: Jeff Cuddeback/Longwood, Fla./42 yrs. old
HM: Joe Bonness/Naples, Fla./45 yrs. old

Male Grandmasters Winner: Richard Clark/Tiburon, Calif./62 yrs. old
HM: Roger Brockenbrough/Pittsburgh, Pa./66 yrs. old
HM: Dick Robinson/Bonita, Calif./70 yrs. old
HM: Ken Nash/San Jose, Calif./72 yrs. old

Male Junior Winner: Imran Mahmood/Memphis, Tenn./16 yrs. old

Female Open Winner: Donna Kay-Ness/Enfield, Conn./37 yrs. old
HM: Heather Gollnick/Hartford, Wis./30 yrs. old
HM: Desiree Ficker/Potomac, Md./24 yrs. old

Female Masters Winner: Karen McKeachie/Ann Arbor, Mich./47 yrs. old
HM: Kathleen Hughes/Columbus, Ohio/42 yrs. old
HM: Laura Sophiea/Pleasant Ridge, Mich./45 yrs. old

Female Grandmasters Winner: Ethel Autorino/Edison, N.J./71 yrs. old
HM: Cherie Gruenfeld/Blue Jay, Calif./56 yrs. old
HM: Susan Bradley-Cox/Lexington, Ken./63 yrs. old
HM: Sr Madonna Buder/Spokane, Wash./70 yrs. old

Female Junior Winner: Sara McLarty/Deland, Fla./17 yrs. old

Duathlon

Female Open Winner: Heather Gollnick/Hartford, Wis./30 yrs. old

Female Masters Winner: Vickie Luebbers/Witchita, Kan./43 yrs. old
HM: Dianne Travis/Clermont, Fla./47 yrs. old

Female Grandmasters Winner: Pat Fossum/Montgomery, Ala./65 yrs. old
HM: Betty Skipp/Boulder, Colo./72 yrs. old
HM: Lynn Snowden/Louisville, Ken./67 yrs. old

Female Junior Winner: Terra Baker/Austin, Texas/20 yrs. old

Male Open Winner: Andy Ames/Boulder, Colo./38 yrs. old
HM: Eric McBride/Cincinnati, Ohio/26 yrs. old
HM: David Walters/Lisle, Ill./45 yrs. old
HM: Mike McCarty/New Bedford, Mass./55 yrs. old
HM: Kerry Mayer/Milwaukee, Wis./54 yrs. old

Male Masters Winner: David Walters/Lisle, Ill./45 yrs. old
HM: Kerry Mayer/Milwaukee, Wis./54 yrs. old
HM: Mike McCarty/New Bedford, Mass./55 yrs. old

Male Grandmasters Winner: Roger Brockenbrough/Pittsburgh, Pa./66 yrs. old
HM: Augusto Diamantini/Brookfield, Conn./66 yrs. old
HM: Warren Taylor/Telford, Pa./60 yrs. old

Male Junior Winner: Sean Ion/Shippenville, Pa./20 yrs. old

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