USA Triathlon reports that Hood River native and elite triathlete Erin Jones (HRVHS class of 2009) earned the top spot on the podium earlier this month at the 2015 Punta Guilarte CAMTRI Triathlon American Cup in Puerto Rico. It was the first career ITU win for Jones, who finished the 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run course in 2:09:56.
Jones and competitors Taylor Spivey and Melissa Rios comprised the lead group out of the water, and along with Julie Stupp (Austin, Texas) worked to separate themselves from the rest of the field. Once the leaders hit the second transition, Jones sprinted ahead for the fastest run split of the day, nearly two minutes faster than any other competitor.
Jones is currently living and training the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs with the goal of qualifying for the 2016 summer Olympic Games in Brazil.