Thomas wins sixth Wildflower Triathlon in a row

Jesse Thomas won his sixth consecutive Wildflower Long Course Triathlon on Saturday, extending his record for wins in a row with a dominant victory by nearly 3 minutes.

Thomas, of Bend, Ore., finished the course in 4 hours, 5 minutes and 32 seconds, well ahead of Terenzo Bozzone, of Hidden Hills, who crossed the line in 4:08.17.

“It’s been a remarkable journey. Each year has been special and this year is no different to race a guy like Terenzo who clearly dominates the sport of triathlon,” Thomas said in a news release.

Chris Leiferman, of Longmont, Colo., was third in 4:10.36. Chris Baird (San Francisco) was fourth in 4:11.17, and Matthew Russell (Ogdensburg, N.Y.) rounded out the top five in 4:12.54.

On the women’s side, Liz Lyles won her second Wildflower in a row.

Lyles, of Reno, Nev., crossed the finish line in 4:42.17, a full 6 minutes ahead of Laurel Wassner (New Patlz, N.Y.), who finished in 4:48.42.

Emily Cocks, of Napa, was third in 4:51.33. Robin Pomeroy (Folsom) was fourth in 4:57.47, and Lauren Goss (Mount Pleasant, S.C.) was fifth in 4:59.43.

The Wildflower Long Course Triathlon race includes a 1.2-mile swim, 2.2-mile run, a 56-mile bike leg, and a cross-country, paved 10.9-mile run.