Sunday, August 2, 2009


(Waseca, MN - August 2, 2009) Eden Prairie's Dan Cohen picked up his 7th career win--his 3rd of the 2009 season--in commanding fashion at the inaugural Waseca 1/3 IM on Sunday. He was especially impressive on the bike, out-splitting his nearest rival Steve Sander of Richfield, who turned in the 2nd fastest bike time of the morning, over the 33 mile bike course by 4:12. Dan's eventual margin of victory over Sander was 7:10. It was Steve's 3rd podium finish in six starts this year. Minnesota tri-pioneer Doug Davis, 42, of Lakeville, filled out the men's Top 3.

The AG performance of the day belonged to 55-year-old Greg Taylor of Mankato. Taylor, MTN's July AG Athlete of the Month, finished 8th overall.

The women's race was won by Shelley Nelson of St. Louis Park. It was the 2nd win of the year for Nelson, who could earn Most Improved nomination and a spot on Team Minnesota at season's end.

With her runner-up effort at Waseca, Suzie Finger, also of St. Louis Park, continues to strengthen her status as Rookie of the Year frontrunner. St. Paul's Katherine Schlaefer placed 3rd.

Shelley's older brother Jesse and White Bear Lake's Amy Klosterman, 47, won the Sprint Course (1/4 - 14 - 4.4) race. It was Jesse's 2nd victory of the weekend. On Saturday, he won the Lake Minneswaska Triathlon in Glenwood.

Second and third in the men's sprint were Matthew Priess of Minneapolis, and 51-year-old Bill Baker of Winona. Amber Lutz of Minnespolis, and Michelle Creasman of Morristown, went 2-3 for the women. Lutz won the inaugural Trinona Sprint on June 14.

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