COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - 2012 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team qualifiers Laura Bennett and Manuel Huerta highlight a field of more than 70 international athletes set to compete Saturday at the Dallas ITU Pan American Cup.
The draft-legal Olympic-distance race (1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run) will feature nearly 40 Americans competing on their home soil. The women will race at noon, followed by the men at 2:45 p.m.
On the women's side, Bennett (Boulder, Colo.) returns to ITU action for the first time since recording her first career World Triathlon Series podium finish and punching her ticket to London at the May 11 ITU World Triathlon San Diego. She swam collegiately in the Dallas area at Southern Methodist University.
Additionally, 2011 USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year Kelly Whitley (Colorado Springs, Colo.) of the Elite Triathlon Academy and 2011 USA Triathlon Under-23 Athlete of the Year Kaitlin Shiver (Melbourne, Fla.) are slated to race after making their ITU World Triathlon Series debuts in San Diego.
Reigning ITU Junior World Champion Lukas Verzbicas (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Elite Triathlon Academy teammates Kevin McDowell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Ryan Bice (Colorado Springs, Colo.) also will compete. Visit triathlon.org for a complete start list.
Photo Credit: Olympic qualifier Manuel Huerta will compete Saturday in Dallas. (Paul Phillips/Competitive Image)