On Sunday, May 6th, Darryl Weaver and Amanda Bayer captured the titles at the XTERRA Jersey Devil in Barnagat, New Jersey.
Bayer – who may have been born with gills – was first out of the water by almost a minute, followed by Courtney Kaup. To get an idea of how fast Bayer swam, she was out of transition and on her bike before the first man – Nicola Manglii – exited the water. Bayer kept the hammer down and had the fastest run and bike splits for the women, leading to her victory in 1:33:10, about 5 minutes ahead of Kaup, who finished in 1:38:27. Angie DeFilippi was third in 1:41:27.
In the men’s race, Darryl Weaver came out of the water almost three minutes after the leaders, but was so pinned on the bike course that he made up those three minutes and then some. He kept his lead on the run with the fastest split of the day and crossed the line in 1:24:15. Chris McIsaac was second in 1:29:52 while Jason Gers was third in 1:30:04.
Last year both Weaver and Bayer were standouts in the XTERRA Northeast and Atlantic circuits. Weaver won XTERRA EX2 and was second to Rob Ricard in XTERRA Syracuse, XTERRA Sky High, XTERRA French River, XTERRA Way Over Yonder, and XTERRA Jersey Devil. In most races, Weaver was less than a minute – and sometimes only a few seconds – behind Ricard. Clearly, we will all look forward to seeing these two athletes go head to head again this season.
We are also crossing our fingers that Courtney Kaup and Amanda Bayer meet up again to provide more great racing and continue to set the bar higher for women’s off-road racing in the XTERRA Northeast Region.
In 2016, Kaup won the 35-39 division XTERRA World title and was the second-fastest female amateur. In 2017, she was best in class at XTERRA Gator Terra, XTERRA Beaver Creek, and the XTERRA Pan Am Championship. In Maui, she was second only to Kristy Jennings – now a pro - who finished two minutes ahead of her.
Last year at XTERRA Oak Mountain, Bayer was second to Jessie Koltz in her 25-29 age group and was the first female amateur at XTERRA Syracuse, XTERRA French River, and XTERRA Jersey Devil. Last year in Maui, she was fifth in her age group.
View complete results for XTERRA Jersey Devil at www.my.raceresult.com.