Chicago-area athletes dominated the USA Triathlon Junior Youth Championship last weekend in Chula Vista, Calif.
Sandburg grad and Oregon track recruit Lukas Verzbicas won what will be his last triathlon on U.S. soil for the foreseeable future, winning the male title in 55 minutes, 4 seconds. Ben Kanute of Geneva was second in 56:19. After competing in the junior world championship next month in China, Verzbicas plans to focus on running.
Another Geneva athlete, Kelly Whitley, won the junior female triathlon title in 1:02:01.
Verzbicas also competed in the relay event and was involved in a bike collision that left him with an injury that required 13 stitches.