Liz Blatchford (GBR)
How she qualified: 1,200 points in the 5150 series
2nd at St. Anthony’s
1st at Liverpool
This ITU star has been putting up outstanding results since 2000 and is a taking a shot at the Hy-Vee paycheck. Blatchford finished 39 seconds behind Haskins at St. Anthony’s, the closest anyone has come to her in a non-drafting event in 2011. Blatchford has the ability to swim in the first group, and the speed to have the fastest run on the day. To win Hy-Vee she’ll need to elevate her cycling ability to match the other competitors. The 47 seconds Haskins put in to Blatchford on the bike at St. Anthony’s turned out to be nearly the exact difference in their finishing times.