John Sarikas and Kathryn Lockwood were each victorious at XTERRA Renegade on a warm, dry day in San Dimas, CA on Sunday, May 6th.
In the men’s race, 2017 20-24 division XTERRA Pan Am Champ, John Sarikas swam like a fish and beat everyone else out of the water by over a minute. Young Cole Ridenour was about 15 seconds faster on the bike, but Sarikas smoked the run with the fastest split of the day. His final time for the half-mile swim, 15-mile bike ride, and 3-mile trail run was 1:40:58. Ridenour was behind in 1:44:34, and Ryan Terry was third in 1:45:30.
In the women’s race, Kathryn Lockwood exited the water over two minutes ahead of runner up Nike Matanza, who was fourth out of the water. Matanza caught up to Lockwood on mile three of the bike, but Lockwood stole the lead back after the first mile of the run and didn’t look back.
“It’s a solid performance considering this was her first tri event in three years. Most importantly she’s healthy,” said Glenn Matanza, Nike’s husband and coach.
In 2015, Nike Matanza was third in her 35-39 age group at the XTERRA World Championship.
In 2017, Lockwood, 42, won her age group at XTERRA Renegade, won the overall women’s race at XTERRA Deuce’s Wild, won XTERRA Laguna Beach (which counts for 2018 points) and placed third in her age group at the XTERRA Pan Am Championship in Ogden, Utah in September behind XTERRA diehards, Deanna McCurdy and Jennifer Razee. And this was all after a double hernia surgery in February of 2017. Lockwood seems to be attacking 2018 from the start, so who knows what this SoCal phenom can accomplish this year.
Lockwood’s time was 2:00:33, Matanza was second in 2:03:28, and Shannon Howell was third in 2:05:23.
For complete results for XTERRA Renegade, visit www.genininext.com.