November 28, 2014

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Cramps cost Amherst 16-year-old Josh Park triathlon victory

BAY VILLAGE — Victory was within grasp, but cramps derailed Josh Park’s chances Sunday at the North Coast Nautilus Huntington I Triathlon.

The 16-year-old Park finished second in one hour, two minutes and 33.8 seconds. The Amherst junior was only 4.8 seconds behind winner Brian Stern (1:02:29.4).

Stern, a 46-year-old Kirtland resident, won the event for the third time in five years. It was Park’s course debut.

Stern won despite a blind matchup. The two started in separate waves eight minutes apart — Park in the 29-and-younger group and Stern in the 40-49 category.

“Everything went well except for the run. I cramped a lot in my diaphragm, from almost right off the bat,” Park said. “I still think I ran decent, but not as good as I could have. I probably just dehydrated. I had a water bottle, but I didn’t drink anything on the bike. It’s hot, very hot.”

The Huntington triathlon featured a 0.25-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 5-kilometer run. Park clocked 10:48.4 for the swim, 31:51.8 for the bike and 18:31.8 for the run. Stern went 12:13.8 for the swim, 30:30.7 for the bike and 18:21.7 for the run.

Park had splits of 49.7 and 31.9 for his transitions. Stern went 51.2 and 31.8. The two were virtually even.

“It was nice to finally have a good race,” said Stern, who was second last year. “I dropped out of a race in Tennessee due to hypothermia back in early May. Then I went off course the last 5 miles during the bike in a race at Edinboro.

“I just love this course. There’s so much competition, including young blood like Josh coming up. It’s scary, especially once he puts some meat on those bones. He’s going to be interesting to chase.”

Lorain County triathletes did extremely well on the men’s side, with six finishing in the top eight.

Avon Lake’s Mike Parsons, 20 (1:03:26.2), Amherst’s Adam Kuncel, 30 (1:04:22.3), Grafton’s Aaron Henely, 36 (1:05:05.4) and Avon’s Ken Hagan, 41 (1:05:30.3) finished, fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth.

“Today was my first-ever triathlon except for a kids race at Mentor when I was 8,” said Parsons, a junior-to-be at UNC Wilmington. “I was injured for most of outdoor track so I’m just getting back into shape. Today was fun. I didn’t know what to expect. I just winged it. My legs hurt on the bike, but the breathing was pretty good.”

Kuncel is gearing up for a regional-level triathlon in Michigan this weekend.

“I got my new bike last fall,” Kuncel said of a Trek Speed Concept. “I raced on it a couple times but didn’t train on it much. I didn’t have a racing bike for most of last year. I just kept moving and worked on my hamstring injury. It’s really come along well in physical therapy.

“I couldn’t swim last winter (2011-12) because of tendinitis, but this winter I was able to swim two or three times a week. I did some good strength training. I came out of the water first in my wave (11:47). I knew there were faster guys in the first wave, so I just tried to monitor how I felt. I didn’t taper for this race, so my legs were kind of fatigued from some good workouts this week.”

Henely, a 1995 Elyria Catholic graduate, was a little disappointed with the run portion of his triathlon (20:13.7 split). The event was his season debut as he’s coming off spinal-fusion surgery March 7 at the Cleveland Clinic.

“My sacrum and first vertebra were out of alignment,” he said. “My vertebra was fractured and shifted forward and grinding on the sacrum, so they had to jack it up a half-inch with a cadaver bone and push it back into place. I wish I could have run a little faster. I just need more races. The first two legs were OK.”

Strongsville native Heidi Benson, 23, won the women’s title in 1:10:24.2.

The 14th annual event is now a two-part triathlon/duathlon series. The next Huntington race is July 21. A total of 240 athletes competed Sunday.

Triathlon

0.25-mile swim, 12-mile bike, 5K run

Male

Overall

1. Brian Stern, age 46 (Kirtland), 1:02:29.4; 2. Josh Park, 16 (Amherst), 1:02:33.8; 3. Todd Steigerwalt, 29 (Cleveland), 1:03:18.6

Age-group results

11-14: 1. Dylan Schwarz, 1:13:19; 2. Gregory Phillips, 1:15:55.1. 15-19: 1. Mike Callesen, 1:06:31.1; 2. Troy Chipka. 1:09:38.6; 3. Connor Gibbons, 1:10:29.8. 20-24: 1. Mike Parsons, 1:03:26.2; 2. Mike Schnell, 1:13:36.8; 3. Steven Jacobs, 1:15:21.2. 25-29: 1. Jason Zangmeister, 1:05:22.1; 2. Alexander Kuhn, 1:05:56.0; 3. Ivan Sandoval, 1:10:12.5. 30-34: 1. Adam Kuncel, 1:04:22.3; 2. Oliver Palmer, 1:13:18.3; 3. Eric Richmond, 1:14:37.4. 35-39: 1. Aaron Henely, 1:05:05.4; 2. Scott Norcross, 1:08:19.0; 3. Jonathan Smith, 1:12:12.1. 40-44: 1. Ken Hagan, 1:05:30.3; 2. Joe Bush, 1:12:17.5; 3. Douglas Paul, 1:16:09.6. 45-49: 1. Paul Siegferth, 1:21:19.0; 2. Todd Jaros, 1:24:38.1; 3. Tom MacMillan, 1:27:24.6. 50-54: 1. Dave Schwarz, 1:10:38.5; 2. Vern Blaze, 1:11:38.5; 3. John Zangmeister, 1:11:43.0. 55-59: 1. Mike Foley, 1:12:30; 2. Paul Gigliotti, 1:14:02.9; 3. John Daley, 1:19:18.1. 60-64: 1. Henry Hauenstein, 1:19:13.9; 2. Paul Dowd, 1:22:56.9; 3. Don Yohman, 1:23:19.7. 65-69: 1. Doyle Salsberry, 1:31:06.9. Clydesdale: 1. Kevin Kaucheck, 1:21:28.9; 2. Jesse Hawk, 1:22:32.0; 3. Drew Kenner, 1:25:01.4. Relay: Male – 1. Team Gierosky, 1:23:31.9. Mixed – 1. Team Kinzel, 1:19:50.7; 2. Team Cosentino, 1:38:18.6.

Female

Overall

1. Heidi Benson, 23 (Strongsville), 1:10:24.2; 2. Nicole Joy, 28, 1:14:14.6; 3. Megan Kolb, 34, 1:19:40.3.

Age-group results

11-14: 1. Rose Mlakar, 1:33:54.9. 15-19: 1. Mallory Dawes, 1:29:55.7; 2. Mary Ellen Kaucheck, 1:46:02.1. 20-24: 1. Jamie Chopka. 1:20:41.2; 2. Amanda Ritzenthaler, 1:23:24.2; 3. Maria Thompson, 1:30:21.3. 25-29: 1, Colleen Polling, 1:21:49.5; 2. Jillian Zak, 1:24:32.7; 3. Jessica Joyce, 1:31:02.5. 30-34: 1. Jaime Dix, 1:19:53.1; 2. Jennifer Jarvis, 1:20:04.9; 3. Becky Slack. 1:27:02.6. 35-39: 1. Pam Neckar, 1:27:17.6; 2. Karen Tijanich, 1:27:51.4; 3. Trisha Yourkvitch, 1:36:17.4. 40-44: 1. Julie Osoteo, 1:21:39.9; 2. Anita Woods, 1:28:13.5; 3. Priscilla Thayer, 1:35:59.2. 45-49: 1. Denise Douglas, 1:30:17.6; 2. Christine Santoni, 1:34:13.0; 3. Susan Halloran, 1:50:01.9. 50-54: 1. Michele Utay, 1:25:18.4; 2. Judy Sandoval, 1:31:57.6. 55-59: 1. Judy Zangmeister, 1:24:33.9; 2. Kathy Fenix, 1:36:03.2; 3. Karen Rossiter, 1:36:10.0.

Duathlon

5K run, 12-mile bike, 5K run

Male

Overall

1. Lou Moore, 1:14:51.3; 2. Matt Ksenyak, 1:21:26.2; 3. Mark Wladecki, 1:23:52.3.

Age-group results

20-24: 1. Steven Schurko, 1:27:57.5. 25-29: 1. Jared Perry, 1:54:54.8. 30-34: 1. Joe Kepley, 1:30:54.5; 2. Allan Schon, 1:32:39.7; 3. Dan Henry, 2:00:05.3. 35-39: 1. Eric Borkowski, 1:29:13.4; 2. Ian Cordova, 1:36:33.4; 3. Chris Szpendyk, 1:42:39.7. 40-44: 1. Tom Wohleber, 1:24:18.0; 2. Bryan Freeman, 1:45:03.3. 45-49: 1. Chris Freeman, 1:26:34.5; 2. Mark Travis, 1:32:38.9; 3. John Luck, 1:35:27.7. 50-54: 1. Bill Robb, 1:36:58.6. 55-59: 1. Jim Sprankle, 1:31:36.6; 2. Ron Beech, 1:32:20.5; 3. Steve Streitel, 1:52:12.9. Clydesdale: 1. Matt Beal, 1:35:29.2; 2. Tom Harrold, 1:58:51.4. Relay – Male: 1. Team Stockmaster, 1:12:47.3; 2. Team Cooke, 1:19:03.7; 3. Team Bates, 1:26:11.8. Mixed: 1. Team Federinko, 1:29:28.4.

Female

Overall

1. Rocio Hernandez, 1:33:39.8; 2. Becca Stone, 1:35:29.9; 3. Angelica Campos, 1:41:09.6.

Age-group results

20-24: 1. Gabrielle Siciliano, 1:51:34.6; 2. Janelle Schmidt, 1:56:30.5. 25-29: 1. Alaina Perry, 1:45:16.6; 2. Shannon Terlecky, 1:50:53.0. 30-34: 1. Christie Prenger, 1:44:14.6. 35-39: 1. Heather Barber, 1:54.04; 2. Victoria Thornton, 2:01:29.0. 40-44: 1. Kim Blans, 2:18:12.1. 55-59: 1. Blondell Hinton, 1:45:16.6; 2. Leanne Scharf, 2:11:55.2; 3. Janet Kelly, 2:19:28.1.

Contact Paul Heyse at 329-7135 or ctsports@chroniclet.com.