Victoria triathletes finish strong at Austin
A one-hour rain delay in Austin made for slick roads, muggy temperatures and muddy run conditions for approximately 800 triathletes who showed up to compete in The Rookie Triathlon on Sunday.
Race directors made the final call at 7:40 a.m. to go ahead and hold the race that had 823 triathletes taking on a super sprint course known for its super hilly bike course. It consisted of a 300-meter swim, 11-mile bike ride and two- mile run.
Triathletes can choose one of two divisions in the race, depending on the number of triathlons they have previously competed in.
The Rookie Division is intended for those who are competing in their first or second triathlon.
The Veteran Division is for those who have competed in more than two triathlons previously.
There were 470 men and 353 women with the average finishing time for all males at 1:11:00 and for the females at 1:22:00.
The overall male winner was Peter Mallett, of Austin, who completed the course in 44:34.
D'Ann Arthur from Dallas was the overall female winner with a time of 48:09.
Joe Bratton was the top male finisher from the Victoria area with his time of 56:21, placing him ninth in the 40-44 age group in the Veteran Division and 27th overall male. He averaged 2:04/100 meters in the swim, 20.1 mph on the bike and 7:05 per mile on the run.
Missy Janzow was the top female finisher from the Victoria area with her time of 59:36, placing her 10th overall of the 353 females and second in the 40-44 age group in the Veteran Division. She averaged 2:01/100m on the swim, 19.2 mph on the bike and 7:28 per mile on the run.
Victoria took the race by storm and made a spectacular showing with a slew of podium finishes and wins.
In her very first triathlon, Amber Smolik won the overall Rookie Division title, topping the other 190 women in the newcomer division. She finished in 1:00:10, averaging 1:30/100m on the swim, 18 mph on the bike and 7:27 per mile on the run.
Leana Elliott, also in her first triathlon, claimed second place overall in the Rookie Division and won the 35-39 age group with her time of 1:01:32.
Denise Tomanek, racing in her second triathlon, took fifth place overall in the Rookie Division and second in the 35-39 age group with her time of 1:04:01.
Also on the podium in the Rookie Division was Tyler Bollmann, who placed third in the 20-24 age group with his time of 1:02:51. Reynolds Tharp, competing in his second triathlon, took top honors winning the 65-69 age group and finding his way to the top of the podium with a 1:25:44.
In the Veteran Division, John Cuellar placed second in the 30-34 age group with his time of 57:53, averaging 2:10/100m on the swim, 19.0 mph on the bike and blazing a 6:27 per mile on the run.
Janzow claimed second place in the 40-44 age group - where a tight race for the podium ensued - coming in 20 seconds back of first place and holding off third place by two seconds.
The top five women in the division were all within a one-minute time frame.
Here are the full results for the Victoria-area triathletes: Joe Bratton, 9th, Veteran 40-44, 56:21; John Cuellar, 2nd Veteran 30-34, 57:53; Missy Janzow, 2nd Veteran 40-44, 59:36; Amber Smolik, 1st Rookie, 1:00:10; Matt Wickham, 5th, Veteran 50-54, 1:01:04; John Klemczyk, 7th, Veteran 45-49, 1:01:04; Leana Elliott, 1st, Rookie 35-39, 1:01:32; Lori Caballero, 18th, Rookie 30-34, 1:25:56; Steve Kuecker, 7th, Veteran 55-59, 1:03:05; Tyler Bollmann, 3rd, Rookie 20-24, 1:02:51; Denise Tomanek, 2nd, Rookie 35-39, 1:04:01; Scott Geistman, 12th, Veteran 45-49, 1:04:02; Shayne Bollman, 8th, Veteran 55-59, 1:05:36; Jeremy Chapa, 16th, Veteran 30-34, 1:07:08; Crystal Cantu, 9th, Veteran 30-34, 1:07:14; Natalie Bayarena, 10th, Veteran 30-34, 1:08:51; David Bayarena, 18th, Rookie 35-39, 1:10:46; Jessica Helms, 17th, Veteran 30-34, 1:14:55; Marie Immenhauser, 20th, Veteran 30-34, 1:17:44; Tressa Story, 4th, Veteran 55-59, 1:20:40; Kimberly Rollins, 26th, Veteran 40-44, 1:23:50; Reynolds Tharp, 1st, Rookie 65-69, 1:25:44.
Missy Janzow received her B.S. in Dietetics from Southeast Missouri State University and owns Fit4U, a personalized coaching and nutrition business that serves to train the novice or sea soned triathlete or runner. You can reach her with your questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.