Chaffin, Stull, & Lukasik round out the 2018 AKXTRI women's podium!

Morgan Chaffin returned this Saturday to defend her title of the Alaskaman Extreme Triathlon. With only one thing on her mind, crossing the finish line first, Morgan took to the icy waters of Resurrection Bay where she wasn't just the lead female to exit the water, but she also beat all other competitors. Chaffin set a course record of 1:05:45 which was nearly 1-minute ahead of the men's overall winner, Will Ross. On the bike Chaffin through down one of the top ten fastest rides of the day putting her over 45-minutes ahead of second place Anchorage, Alaska local Amber Stull, who came into transition in second place. 17.5-miles into the run Stull had made up over 30-minutes (of the 45-minute lead) on Chaffin as they started the 10-miles on Mt. Alyeska. When all was said and done Stull was able to chip away 10 of the remaining 13-minute lead on Chaffin but Chaffin gritted it out held on to win her second title in a hard fought and well deserved win. 3rd place was claimed by Jessica Lukasik of Seattle Washington. Lukasik finished the swim in-between Chaffin and Stull, then behind them both on the bike but beat both their times on the run by 23-64min enabling her to finish within 7-minutes of the two leaders. This was the second time both Chaffin and Stull had competed in Alaskaman, it was Lukasik's first. Taking fourth place was Jessica Anderson of Raleigh, North Carolina claiming the prestigious honor of being crowned Queen of the mountain completing the tough 10-miles on Alyeska in the fastest female time of 2:54:14!