Layton, Carr surge to firsts in Medomak Valley TriathlonSecond annual sprint triathlon at Ayer Park a splashing, cycling, running success
Union — Two new athletes raced into the winner's circle during the second annual Medomak Valley High School Triathlon on Saturday, Aug. 24 as the event, stationed in and around Ayer Park on Seven Tree Pond, was a fundraiser for the Class of 2015.
There were 36 participants in the event, which included a quarter-mile swim in Seven Tree Pond, a 13-mile bike ride around Wotton's Mill Road and a three-mile run to Come Spring Lane and back to Ayer Park by way of "Heartbreak Hill" next to the cemetery.
Scott Layton, 37, of Rockport was the overall winner as he crossed the course in one hour, three minutes and 40 seconds. He bested runner-up Herbert Coolidge, 57, of Poland Springs, who finished in 1:08:20.
Lucy Carr, 45, of France, who summers in Camden, was the first female finisher. She was sixth overall in 1:11:43.
The first team finished 24th in 1:38:39. The team members were Valentine deGiovanni, Eleanor Greer and Fiona deGiovanni, all age 14, from France and Camden.
"It was awesome," said Susan Jones, a MVHS teacher and one of the organizers of the event. "We had double the number of registrants from last year. [Some] folks came from as far away as France.
"The sponsorships were way up from last year as we had a three-tiered giving option. There was the under $50, either in prizes or sponsorships, the between $50-$149 tier that secured a place for their name on the t-shirt, and the over $150 tier, which got a name and logo on the t-shirt and a name on the banner. We had well over 30 sponsors this year. Sidecountry Sports was our big sponsor and gave free bike tune-ups at the race.
"The day was beautiful, the kids and parents were so helpful, and the racers were very positive. We took their suggestions from last year to make this year's race better, and we've already had some suggestions for next year's race."
Last year's male and female winners were Donald Mansius of Appleton (1:13) and Kelly Robbins of Waldoboro (1:20), and the first-place team was Julian Albado (swim), Gavin Felch (bike) and Riley Simmons (run) with a combined time of 1:08.
For more information on the event, email Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or Felch at email@example.com.
The individual results from this year's Medomak Valley Triathlon were: 1, Layton, 37, Rockport 1:03:40; 2, Coolidge, 57, Poland Springs, 1:08:20; 3, Guy Martin, 55, Camden/France, 1:11:11; 4, Joey Casas, 37, Washington, 1:11:30; 5, Reuben Begin, 24, Vassalboro, 1:11:41; 6, Carr, 45, Camden/France, 1:11:43; 7, Wilder Schaaf, 21, Ashland, Or., 1:12:05; 8, Felch, 16, Union, 1:16:17; 9, Jon Begin, 30, Vassalboro, 1:17:24; 10, Mansius, 54, Appleton 1:17:32; 11, Rob Ward, 40, Steep Falls, 1:18:17; 12, Adam Philbrook, 35, Owls Head, 1:18:42; 13, Grant Sorterup, 48, Waldoboro, 1:18:43; 14, Mark McCluskey, 16, Hope, 1:21:22; 15, Alison Maxwell, 20, Port Angeles, Wash, 1:22:33; 16, Doug Blasius, 60, Belfast, 1:23:30; 17, Robbins, 50, Waldoboro, 1:23:57; 18, Josiah Begin, 19, Vassalboro, 1:27:14; 19, Catherine Corey, 48, South Portland, 1:31:22; 20, Matthew Norton, 25, Bremen, 1:34:51; 21, Mick Devin, 50, Newcastle, 1:36:11; 22, Katie Killnan, 45, Rockport, 1:37:49; 23, Beth Lawson, 48, Bernard, 1:38:08; 24, (team) Valentine deGiovanni, 14, France/Camden, Eleanor Greer, 14, France/Camden and Fiona deGiovanni, 14, France/Camden, 1:38:39; 25, Hayden Bavis, 12, Lewiston, 1:41:23; 26, Kristina Panatoyoff, 64, Lincolnville, 1:41:34; 27, Megan Zabenko, 17, Westbrook, 1:43:24; 28, (team) Tammy Casas, 37, Washington, Beth Corson, 16, Union, and Teri Kenniston, 41, Warren, 1:43:30; 29, Lee Roberts, 54, Alna, 1:45:46; 30, Gary Larson, 68, Dover-Foxcroft, 1:46:31; 31, Barbara Carter, 34, Hampden, 1:51:28; and 32, Traya Huff, 39, Rockland, 1:54:15.
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Ken Waltz has been member of the media 30 years and has received hundreds of Maine Press Association and New England Press Association awards for his writing, photography and page design. He studied journalism at the University of Maine in Orono. He lives in South Thomaston with his wife, Sarah. The couple has an adult son, Brandon.
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