2012-07-25 / Sports

Locals do well in Lexington Triathlon


Competitors get ready to bike after finishing the swimming part of the triathlon. Competitors get ready to bike after finishing the swimming part of the triathlon. LEXINGTON - Among the over 140 athletes competing in the annual Lexington Triathlon Saturday were a handful from the Sanilac area that did very well.

Eight from the county, in the Sprint Division, were champions in their respective age classes while another four were runners-up.

In the list of Male competitors, four from Sanilac finished in the top 10 overall, regardless of division. Lexington's Mark Lieber was second overall and first in the 35-39 age bracket with a time of one hour, 30 seconds (1:00:30). David Farley, Croswell, was fifth overall and first in the men's 26-30 age group with a 1:04:04 and Louis Williams, Sandusky, won the 30-24 class in 1:04:48. Kyle Kasper, 16, Lexington, too first in the 1-19 division in 1:10:27. Runner-up in the 20-24 class, but finishing 9th overall among the 122 competitors in the Sprint, was Lexington's Taylor Kasper with a 1:05:22.


A pair or runners compete in the final leg of the triathlon. A pair or runners compete in the final leg of the triathlon. One other champion in the Male division was also the oldest contestant. Phillip Frankenstein of Port Sanilac was the lone participant in the 70-99 age group and finished in 1:45:56. The three phases of the Sprint triathlon are a 500 meter swim, 11 mile bike race, and a 5K run.

Two athletes taking second place in their age group were Mark Kappen of Marlette (40-44, 1:08:48) and Greg Martino of Sandusky (50-54, 1:11:55).

On the Female side, Katie Tovar of Sandusky led the way among the locals with her win the the 35-39 class with a time of 1:12:56. Katie Kolar of Sandusky was first in 25-29 with a 1:24:31 clocking and Hannah Tubbs, who will be a senior at Sandusky High this fall, won the 0-19 age group in 1:23:32. Fourteenyear old Paige Kasper of Lexington was second behind Tubbs with a 1:26:19.

The overall Sprint champions were Matt Chojnacki in the Male Division with a time of :59:03 and Rebecca Forfar in the Women's Division in 1:08:14.

There were a total of 17 athletes that competed in the Olympic Division, which consists of a 1000M swim, 24 mile bike race, and a 10K run.

The Men's champion was Jon Bennett in 2:00:40 while the the top Female competitor was Kelly Bennett in 2:08.28.

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