The Doctor is in!
MSU College of Veterinary Medicine Vet Vanessa Cook finished 2nd at USA Triathlon’s Duathlon National Championships in Bend, Ore., Saturday three weeks after taking 3rd at the ITU World Championships in Spain.
Cook finished 9th overall in the field of 108 women and qualified for the 2017 ITU Standard Distance Duathlon World Championship in Penticton, Canada.
Cook came off the opening 10K run second in the Women’s 45-49 field and was never threatened, finishing with a nearly 5-minute cushion in 2:26:48.
Cook had the second-fastest bike split in the age group, averaging 19 mph over the 24.8-mile course (1:18:14), then ticked off 7:20 miles in the closing 5K run (22:45.58).