Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.) covered the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course in 1 hour, 44 minutes, 49 seconds to take the tape, earning his first career ITU win and second ITU podium finish of the season. In a sweep for the U.S. men, William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas) was second in 1:45:30 and Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.) took third to round out the podium in 1:46:36.
In the women's race, Mexico's Claudia Rivas won by nearly a minute, posting a time of 1:56:11. Elite Triathlon Academy athletes Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.) and Johanna Gartman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) finished in 1:57:09 and 1:57:42, respectively, to take second and third.
Saturday's race was also host of the USA Triathlon Under-23 National Championship, contested in conjunction with the ITU Pan American Cup. As the top U-23 athletes of the day, Huffman and Jones won national titles and met qualification criteria to represent the U.S. at the 2013 ITU Under-23 World Championships, set to take place in September.
In addition to the ITU Pan American Cup, Dallas also hosted USA Triathlon Youth F1 (ages 12-16) Saturday morning. These events are designed to provide top up-and-coming triathletes with draft-legal racing experience.
J Tyler Henthorn (The Woodlands, Texas) won the super-sprint-distance boys' Youth F1 race in 32:07, while Gina Johnson (Park Ridge, Ill.) was victorious in the girls' race with a time of 35:20.
Dallas ITU Triathlon Pan American Cup
(1,500m swim, 40k bike, 10k run)
Men's Top-10 Finishers
1. Greg Billington (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:44:49
2. William Huffman (Colleyville, Texas), 1:45:30
3. Ben Kanute (Geneva, Ill.), 1:46:36
4. Joe Maloy (Wildwood Crest, N.J.), 1:46:50
5. Luke Farkas (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:47:56
6. Ryan Bice (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:48:05
7. Andrew Bysice (CAN), 1:48:13
8. Sean Jefferson (Palisades, Calif.), 1:48:29
9. John Dahlz (South San Francisco, Calif.), 1:49:36
10. Hernan Dario Valero (COL), 1:49:46
Women's Top-10 Finishers
1. Claudia Rivas (MEX), 1:56:11
2. Erin Jones (Hood River, Ore.), 1:57:09
3. Johanna Gartman (Chattanooga, Tenn.), 1:57:42
4. Tanelle Berard (Clive, Iowa), 1:58:03
5. Jenna Parker (Santa Monica, Calif.), 1:58:29
6. Michelle Mehnert (Boulder, Colo.), 1:59:10
7. Cecilia Perez (MEX), 1:59:18
8. Kelsey Withrow (Park City, Utah), 1:59:25
9. Brianna Blanchard (Boston, Mass.), 2:00:55
10. D'Ann Arthur (Dallas, Texas), 2:01:19
Photo Credit: Greg Billington was the top U.S. finisher in Dallas on Saturday. (Mario Cantu/CIMAGES)