Posted by: Dennis Green | September 15, 2014

Best Race By A Dam Site

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by Dennis Green

Heart of America Triathlon News

Iowa’s Best Dam Triathlon welcomed over 300  athletes on a cool September morning. Held in the shadow of the Coralville Dam, the race attracts a large contingent of college racers, looking to move up in collegiate standings, in addition to local and regional athletes.

The race is also the final points event for the Heart of America series, so many series regulars were there to pile up a few more points prior to next week’s Heart of America championship at CyMan.

Joshua Madsen of North Liberty made it two in a row, winning the Men’s Sprint race for the second year. Bluff Creek Champ Adam Kassem took second. Elaina Mertens of Dubuque won the women’s race, with Kim Sprenger of Iowa City just a minute behind. Second place will probably be good enough for Kim to repeat as the Heart of America points champ in 2014.

Many of the nation’s top collegiate triathletes raced the Olympic distance, also the standard for college competition. Heading into the day, Wisconsin’s Robbie Greco was looking to stay atop the collegiate leaderboard, but could only manage second place to Brian Gorman of Minnesota.

On the women’s side , it was also a good day for the Gophers, as Jessica Finley took the crown.

In the Olympic open competition, Anna Kropornicka, a native of Poland attending the University of Wisconsin, won the women’s race. Brent Fiegel of Buffalo, Iowa, won among the men.

Full results at JMS racing’s results area on, where you can also check the final Heart of America standings when they are posted early next week.


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