As many of you know, this weekend we had the honor of hosting athletes from all over the world for the East Coast Triathlon Festival, an event organized by the Live Red Foundation which is in many ways the centerpiece of our season. It’s always a joy to see athletes of all ages compete alongside world class athletes who travel to compete in the CAMTRI series, and we would like to thank not only all the athletes who came out to compete, but also the many, many volunteers and the dedicated work of EF’s staff and coaches which make this event possible. With that, we have so many athletes to cover! Let’s get started!
We had a ton of athletes in the ECTF Super Sprint. Ale Stankaitis finished 3rd overall women’s. Susan Alexander took 1st in her age group having an awesome race after two years away from triathlons! Steve Smith finished his first triathlon after a long break with a big PR and finishing first in his age group. Sandrine Thominet earned 4th overall and 1st in her age group. In the 16-19 age group, Jenna Free took first and Bella Larkin took 3rd. John Anselmo and Christy Murrell both took 2nd in their AG. John Clarke took 1st in his AG and PR’d his bike and run on the course. Matt Cramer and Caitlin Weston both earned 1st place in their age groups. Ramsey Bloodworth had an amazing race, putting out a very strong bike split and earning first place in his age group. Glenn Young took 2nd in his AG and Albert Williams took 2nd in hers. MJ Willis earned 2nd place in her AG, achieving a new PR and crushing the goal she set for herself. Christopher Scott finished fourth in his age group. Dawn Carter earned 3rd in her AG and set a new PR for the swim at Innsbrook. She also stepped up in a huge an unexpected way, singing the national anthem beautifully (in her wetsuit!) to start the day off right for all athletes and spectators.
Other notable results from the Super Sprint include Sarah Pathoff competing in her first race since getting knee surgery. She finished strong- we’re glad to have you back Sarah! McKenley Mason completed the race and conquered his first open water swim for a triathlon! Danielle Spakman completed the race and had a strong bike leg after coming back from injury. Matthew Schiller completed the race with his wife, and was her support throughout! Mickie Fleming had a strong race and then stayed around for the rest of the races to volunteer as a course marshall. Myles Baker had a strong race, along with Susan Alexander. Monica Woodward and Matthew Myers also came up big with PRs at the event as well!
Our youth and junior high performance athletes had some awesome races. In the Junior Elite female race, Parker Albright earned a solid 5th place. Abby Church took 12th, Hanne Ye took 17th, Alexandra Poole took 19th, Zoe Van Winckel took 20th, Chloe Ramirez took 25th, Megan Buchanan took 28th, Grace Sheehy took 37th after completing a solid race despite recovering from illness Jennifer Zheng took 53rd. Justin Free took 35th in the Junior Elite Boy’s race, a great result after spending most of his season focused on track. Connor Doyle took 53rd in the same race, Ben Poling 56th, Cashion Green 59th, and Alex Tan 63rd.
In the girls Youth Elite race, Hope Frost raced hard took 6th overall, Ava Larkin finished strong at 8th. Samantha Kayne came in at 23rd after racing hard even after having to serve a penalty. Annalise Williams took 31st, Emme Cate Heilbrun took 34th, Caroline Osenga took 43rd, Emma Weaver finished at 49th, Ella Forlin came in at 52nd, Jillian Kohler at 57th after struggling with cramping on the run, Olivia Christine finished 63rd, racing on her birthday, and Hannah Renager took 68th. In the boy’s Youth Elite, Nick Pilgrim gave it all he had and snagged 4th, Joshua Gray came in 21st, Caleb Ingham came in at 23rd, Jacob Crouch at 27th, and Anderson Church at 27th.
In the 11-15 tri, Jack Leon-Guerrero took 1st in his AG. In the 7-10 Kids triathlon, Andrea Rogerson took 3rd overall. Whit Evans took 1st in his AG, Zach Fisher 2nd in his. Eve Frost, Lucy Nunziata, Gabe Nunziata, Josie Nunziata and Lily Stimson all took first in their respective categories and age groups. Tani Marie Hamilton had a great day and completed her first triathlon. Way to go Tani! In the Duathlon, Hadley Harlow took first, Ellie Harlow 2nd, and Austin Harlow took 3rd.
At the 3rd VAHS MTB Series race at Massanutten in the JV category, we had Jake Dysart in 14th, Caleb McCaskill at 17th, and Miles Fagan at 23rd. In the elementary school category, we had Jude Gillespie in 7th, Patrick Harlow at 13th, Cannen Harlow in 27th, and Ben Foster at 30th.
At the 4th VAHS MTB Series race at Woodberry Forrest in the JV Category, Caleb McCaskill took 8th, Rex Nguyen took 11th, and Jake Dysart took 15th. In the middle school division, Presley Evans took 19th. In the elementary school division, Jude Gillespie took 4th, Patrick Harlow took 13th, Ben Foster took 26th, Cannen Harlow took 34th and Austin Drewnowski took 37th. In the Girl’s Elementary race, Hazel Gillespie and Anna Foster took 17th and 18th respectfully.
At the Healthy Kids Run Series, EF attendance was a little lighter due to the East Coast Triathlon Festival but still some good showings. In the K-1st Grade race, Lane Jacobs took 1st with a PR and Hattie Wells took 2nd on the girls side while Maddox Blakiston took 18th on the boys side. In the 4th-5th Grade race, Hazel Wells took 1st, Mary Kate Jacobs 3rd, and Abigail McKay 4th on the girl’s side while Theo Conradie took 1st and Parker McKay 2nd with a PR on the boy’s side.
At the Westfield Sprint, Cat Claman took 2nd in her AG and 10th overall female.
At the Westfield Youth Splash and Dash race, H.T. Tragle 1st, Laith Hilmi 4th, and Harrison Tragle 7th in their age groups.
At the Dogwood Invitational, Hannah Lupica and Colby Burcham came up big with huge PR’s!!
Logan White also ran a season best in the 800 this week!
At the Uncorked half marathon, Andrea Wright had a solid finish on a tough course!
Both Lucy Poh and Jonathan Ryan had very strong showings at their County championships.
Cat Hart completed her first Rugged Maniac.
Sarah Look ran a 10k PR at the Heart of Virginia Festival 10k just weeks after running a PR at the Monument 10k.
At the Grayson Highlands Half Marathon, Nina Marina executed a fantastic race strategy on a technical course with lots of climbing.
Congrats to all athletes who raced!