Local running standout Van McCarty cruises to victory in 37th annual SLO Triathlon

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Accomplished distance runner Van McCarty added another victory to his already impressive athletic résumé Sunday afternoon.

The 45-year-old San Luis Obispo resident and five-time Ironman World Championships qualifier won the 37th annual SLO Triathlon, completing the short course competition in 1 hour, 10 minutes, 55 seconds.

The short course triathlon consisted of a half-mile swim at the SLO Swim Center, a 15-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run.

San Luis Obispo’s Jonathan Harmse, 31, finished second in 1:13:27, and 21-year-old Kevin Clack of Yorba Linda placed third in 1:14:39. San Luis Obispo’s Scott Machado, 46, crossed the finish line fourth in 1:16:06, and Matt Nottenkamper, 21, of Paso Robles, was fifth in 1:16:08.

In the women’s competition, 26-year-old San Luis Obispo resident Kaori Funahashi, the runner-up in 2015, finished first in 1:20:18. Her time was the 18th-fastest overall in a field that drew more than 550 participants.

Katie Tierney, 25, of Paso Robles, finished second in 1:26:50. Santa Maria’s Leslie Miller, 31, was third in 1:27:20, and Roxanne Smith, a 24-year-old San Luis Obispo resident, placed fourth in 1:28:15.

37th annual SLO Triathlon

Men’s top finishers

1. Van McCarty, San Luis Obispo, 1:10:55

2. Jonathan Harmse, San Luis Obispo, 1:13:27

3. Kevin Clack, Yorba Linda, 1:14:39

4. Scott Machado, San Luis Obispo, 1:16:06

5. Matt Nottenkamper, Paso Robles, 1:16:08

Women’s top finishers

1. Kaori Funahashi, San Luis Obispo, 1:20:18

2. Katie Tierney, Paso Robles, 1:26:50

3. Leslie Miller, Santa Maria, 1:27:20

4. Roxanne Smith, San Luis Obispo, 1:28:15

5. Kelly O’Sullivan, Arroyo Grande, 1:31:22