Olympians take elite triathlon titles

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Olympians Jarrod Shoemaker and Laura Bennett overcame steamy conditions Saturday night to win the U.S. Triathlon Elite National Championship.

Shoemaker, of Maynard, Mass., finished the Olympic-distance course -- a 1½-kilometer swim, 40K on bike and a 10K run -- in 1 hour, 54 minutes, 13 seconds for his first U.S. triathlon elite title. Australia's Brendan Sexton was the top finisher in the men's race in 1:53:48 to win the Tuscaloosa ITU Premium Pan American Cup, which was held in conjunction with U.S. elite race.

Shoemaker took the national championship as the top American.

Bennett, of Boulder, Colo., captured her second career elite title and first since 2003 with a time of 2:04:13 -- more than 2 minutes clear of the field.