Triathletes competed in the 2019 Guam National Triathlon Championships in Merizo early Sunday morning. Starting at the Merizo Pier, soloists and teams made their way through the mettle-testing course, which consisted of a 1,500-meter swim, a 20-mile bike ride and a 10K run.

Craig Weymouth and Mieko Carey, crushing the competition, clinched first place overall in the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively.

Weymouth, in 2 hours, 12 minutes, 32.9 seconds, tamed the course. Carey, the third overall finisher, crossed the finish line in 2:15:28.6.

“When you look around this place, it’s filled with anyone ... who (could) claim stake to the event,” Weymouth said. “The key for me today was just staying mentally focused.”

Weymouth, who is trained by Carey, credited his coach with his success.

He said that she “has given me the tools I need to compete at this level.”

Weymouth, despite being overtaken during the bike segment, remained calm. From 30 seconds back in the run, he steadily made his move on Gary Schoenhals (2:13:40.6), the eventual second-place finisher.

“Craig is a beast out there, and I believe it’s a natural instinct in him to be as competitive as possible,” Schoenhals said. “I had a lead on him during the run, but he just came out of nowhere and took over the race. Congratulations to Craig on a job well done.”

Caloi Bagayo (2:17:49.0), making the men’s podium, placed third.

Carey, much like her pupil, powered through the course. After taking the lead from the opening whistle, she never trailed.

“I’m very happy to (have) race(d) today,” Carey said. "I let my performance speak for itself. (In) the end, the story will be told as long as I (did) my best.”

Darcey O’Brien (2:28:05.8) and Kristi Woesner (2:36:10.9), who also secured spots on the women’s podium, placed second and third, respectively.

Carey and O’Brien, despite placing higher than Woesner, due to not meeting residency requirements, could not be crowned national champion. That honor belonged to Woesner.

“It’s exciting to be crowned a national champion," Woesner said.

Weymouth and Woesner, with the National Championships claimed, will represent Guam at the 2019 Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.

“I will go out there and do my best and I’m sure Craig will do so also,” Woesner said. “It’s going to be an experience and I am also very humble to go out and represent Guam.”

"It's because of living on Guam that I have had the opportunity to really get into triathlon," Woesner said. "The federation (Guam Triathlon Federation), the weather, (and) the support have been amazing. The races we have here help me grow as an athlete and stay focused on training throughout the year. I really appreciate the federation’s and GNOC’s hard work."