Gabriel takes 3rd at World Triathlon Series Grand Finale

Cuyler Gabriel finished in third place in the men’s 18-19 age group at the ITU World Triathlon Series Grand Finale in Chicago over the weekend.

The Santa Barbara High grad, now a freshman at Cornell, covered the 1500-meter swim, 37-kilometer bike and 10k run in 2 hours, 1 minute, 31 seconds. The champion, Jack Toland, was timed in 1:58.41 and second-place finisher Tim Winslow came in at 2:00.56.

Local triathlete Kyle Visin placed sixth in the men’s 30-34 age group in 1:58.58.

Gabriel, a member of the SBHS swim team, was the third fastest swimmer in his race, finishing in 18:43. Toland and Winslow overtook him on the bike leg. They posted the two fastest times, with Toland going 53:10 and Winslow 54:21. Gabriel’s time was 57:56.

Gabriel pushed hard on the run and recorded the fastest time of 39:03. But it wasn’t enough to overtake Toland and Winslow.

Visin completed the third fastest swim (20:03) in his age group. Group champion Adam Webber was first out of the water in 18:26 and kept the lead the rest of the way.