Milwaukee, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- 17 Northlanders are headed to Milwaukee, Wis. this weekend for the 2014 United States Triathlon Championships, with a spot at the 2015 World Championships in Chicago, Ill. on the line.
Duluth, Minn. resident Jessica Rossing is one of the area athletes competing this weekend, with this marking her fifth time at the national championships. She's qualified for worlds each of the past four times, but she says the best thing is sharing the experience with people from the area.
"To hear Duluth, Minnesota be called out as they walk up to the stage, it's really cool," Rossing said. "You can't help but feel happy for them and feel proud because this is our hometown."
Below is a list of the 17 Northland athletes set to compete this weekend, accompanied by their age, city, and the race in which they are entered.
Jessica Rossing, 29, Duluth, Olympic
Paul Kovach, 53, Duluth, Sprint
Renee Saamanen, 38, Duluth, Olympic
Tiffany Kari, 34, Duluth, Olympic
Chelsea Froemke, 24, Duluth, Olympic
Kjerstin Anderson, 28, Duluth, Olympic
Sheri Schrock, 60, Cohasset, Olympic
Duane Millslagle, 64, Duluth, Sprint
Bill Schmitt, 61, Duluth, Olympic & Sprint
Elaine Nelson, 35, Duluth, Olympic
Todd Struckman, 43, Duluth, Sprint
Grant Nelson, 39, Duluth, Olympic
Daniel Duff, 50, Duluth, Sprint
Ryan Dewey, 35, Esko, Olympic
Brian Bich, 48, Duluth, Olympic
Josh Blankenheim, 34, Duluth, Olympic
Lee Brown, 22, Maple, Olympic