Bozzone, Capone track down SB Tri titles

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Terenzo Bozzone and Lauren Capone earned the title of fastest male and female athlete on Saturday on the Santa Barbara Triathlon long course.

Bozzone, who won going away, used the race to prepare for the upcoming Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mont-Tramblant, Canada. Bozzone was the Ironman 70.3 world champion in 2008.

“I’m in really good form at the moment and I hope I can use this race as a good stepping stone for the world championships,” Bozzone said.

“All my numbers were good today. Power on the bike was good. Heartrate and speed running I’m quite happy with, so a lot of recovery now. A lot sitting down feet up and just getting through the next two weeks.”

His winning time was two hours, 43 minutes and 21 seconds.


Capone, a Santa Barbara local, is also preparing for an Ironman event in September. Capone and boyfriend/coach Mateo Mercur will be competing Ironman Maryland, her first full-distance Ironman race.

“That’s been our focus for this season,” Capone said.

Capone, in 11th overall, bested the women’s field with a time of 3:06:32.

Second-place finisher Ricky Barnes came in 10 minutes behind Bozzone and completed the course, covering a 1-mile swim, 34-mile bike and 10-mile run, in 2:54:28. Four others – Jason Smith, Robert Scaggs, Warren Sutton and Max Biessmann – also dipped under three hours.

On Sunday, Carpinteria’s Matt Organista sprinted to the short-course finish line in 33 minutes and 33 seconds. Jane Esahak-Gage, a 52-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, was the top female performer with a time 41:31.

It’s the third-straight short-course title for Organista at the Santa Barbara Triathlon and a personal best time for the 25-year-old.