December 21, 2014

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Southview grad Jessica Tomazic makes huge strides in a year, goes from 70th to first in Vermilion Triathlon

VERMILION — Lorain County athletes made their presence felt in Sunday’s sixth annual Vermilion Harbor Triathlon and Duathlon at Linwood Park.

Lorain’s Jessica Tomazic, 31, won the women’s title and finished ninth overall for the Olympic Distance race in a time of two hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. The event consisted of 1.5K swim, a 40K bike and a 10K run.

The graduate of Southview High School (2001) and the U.S. Military Academy, Tomazic held off Holly Fiora, 35, of Greenville (2:28:41), and Strongsville masters Denise Vanek, 52, who had a time of 2:29:49.

It was quite a turnaround for Tomazic, who finished 70th at last year’s Vermilion tri event (2:49:07). It was her second career win, coming on the heels of a sprint triathlon win a couple of weeks ago in Norwalk.

“I’ve been a lot more consistent and smarter with my training this year,” Tomazic said. “I was coming off my first Ironman (12:45 finish time) in July 2012, the month before Vermilion. I didn’t give my body enough of a chance to recover. I was signing up for races that I probably shouldn’t have.”

Tomazic served in the U.S. Army for seven years (2005-12), attaining the rank of captain. She currently works as a project manager for Surgical Information Systems, a health care IT company. Tomazic starts two years of premed this fall at Cleveland State and ultimately plans to move on to medical school at Northeast Ohio Medical University at Rootstown.

“I definitely couldn’t have done this today without the support of my team, Team PR which is coached by Dan Smith,” said Tomazic, a former basketball, softball and soccer player for the Saints. “Working with and training with them has made all the difference.”

Amherst’s Adam Kuncel, 31, and Mike Schaefer, 41, of Grafton, finished third and fourth in the men’s Olympic Distance race. Kuncel finished in a time of 2:11:38 and Schaefer was clocked at 2:18:08.

Ohio State grad student John Lowrey, 22, won the men’s race (2:02:25). The Upper Arlington native defeated Springfield masters Dan Payton, 42, who had a time of 2:06:50, despite a rough, head-on collision with a sprint division competitor in Vermilion Harbor.

Lowrey suffered a quarter-size contusion below his right eye and a scratch across his nose with about 500 meters left in the 1.5-kilometer swim.

“It broke my goggles,” said Lowrey, a four-time state qualifier in high school for Upper Arlington. “My nose piece in my goggles snapped off. My face still hurts, but I think it hurt the other guy worse. The weather was perfect and otherwise I feel great. I took the summer off from my studies to focus on my training.”

Lowrey was coming off a qualifying performance last weekend in Milwaukee at the USAT Age Group Nationals in which he advanced to next year’s age group world championships in Edmonton, Alberta. Lowrey finished 14th in his age group in Wisconsin to qualify.

Kuncel and Schaefer were both pleased with their finishes. A year ago, Schaefer was eighth (2:18:37) and Kuncel 10th (2:19:03).

“We got lucky with the weather,” Kuncel said. “I knew it wasn’t going to be a fast course. I knew it was going to be 1:04 split-type day for the bike because of changes in the bike course. But I still felt strong and picked people off. I train on these roads so I’m familiar with them. I tried out some new running shoes and felt solid.”

Kuncel, likewise, also came off a solid performance at age group nationals in Milwaukee. The Amherst graduate finished 40th out of 200 in his age category.

“My racing is going well. I’m very pleased,” Kuncel said. “Next year’s age group nationals are back in Milwaukee. If I can finish in the top 18 for my age group next year I’ll qualify to 2015 worlds at Chicago. But I couldn’t be happier. I train at Vermilion Harbor once a week and use the roads around here for cycling all the time. This race means a lot to me. I did myself proud today.”

Schaefer was also upbeat about the day.

“It seemed like a long swim course,” he said, “but I felt great in the bike and did decent in the run. It was a personal best. I think it was the first time I broke 44 flat in the run.”

A June graduate of Amherst, 19-year-old Jordan Reynolds won the sprint duathlon (1:20:51), a 5K run, 20K bike followed by another 5K run. He was second for the same event in 2012 by only six seconds.

North Ridgeville masters Scott Zubricky, 52, was third in the Olympic Duathlon (2:13:11). He was second in the same event in 2012 although he was 96 seconds faster this year.

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

TRIATHLON

Olympic Distance
1.5K swim, 40K bike, 10K run
Male
Elite Open

1. John Lowrey, age 22 (Columbus), 2:02:24; 2. Adam Kuncel, 31 (Amherst), 2:11:38; 3. Dax Hiteshew, 34 (Amherst), 2:33:35; 4. Adam Roark, 25 (Shaker Heights, former Elyria resident), 2:35.32

Elite Master
1. Dan Payton, 42 (Springfield), 2:06:50; 2. Mike Schaefer, 41 (Grafton), 2:18:08; 6. Dan Smith, 45 (Wakeman), 2:30:59

Age group results
Top local finishers
20-24: 3. Nathan Brown (Columbia Station), 2:29:32. 35-39: 3. Aaron Henely (Grafton), 2:20:06. 40-44: 2. Brian Wahl (Elyria), 2:34:32; 10. Brian Jaros (Avon Lake), 3:03:26.
45-49: 1. Eric Gibb (Avon), 2:23:38; 5. Ben Norton (Avon), 2:31:36. 50-54: 4. Ted Popiel (Avon), 2:36:06; 8. Steve Bernard (Avon Lake), 2:47:07; 11. Brad Qua (Vermilion), 3:05:15.

Female
Elite Open
Jessica Tomazic, 31 (Lorain), 2:27:15
Age group results
Top local finishers

25-29: 3. Andrea Scheetz (Avon Lake), 2:57:54. 40-44: 2. Angela Hogan (Vermilion), 2:57:59; 4. Dannette Trappe (Olmsted Falls), 3:10:17. 45-49: 3. Anita Woods (Avon), 2:57:16; 5. Aimee Millward (Avon), 3:01:31. 50-54: 2. Joanne Collins (Avon), 2:37:02. 55-59: 1. Denise Gross (Amherst), 3:06:16

Sprint
750-meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run
Male
Elite Master

Shannon Kurek, age 41 (Granville), 1:06:35

Age group results
Top local finishers
15-19: 4. Ryley Miller (Vermilion), 1:28:35; 6. Paul Schwensen (Vermilion), 1:36:03; 7. Jordan Ault (Amherst), 2:34:01. 20-24: 1. Brian Koziel (Elyria), 1:14:21; 2. Scott Rawlings (Avon Lake), 1:31:38. 30-34: 5. Matt Holtwick (Elyria), 1:25:49; 8. Drew Weber (Sheffield Lake), 1:28:56; 9. Joe Musgrave (Oberlin), 1:32:39; 11. Chris Capasso (Elyria), 1:34:51. 35-39: 5. Mike Deremiah (Oberlin), 1:28:26; 6. Kyle Jones (Avon), 1:21:11; 10. Mark Riddle (Vermilion), 1:29:06; 11. Jacque Bremer (Amherst), 1:29:39; 15. Jason Kuhnle (Amherst), 1:35:34; 18. Russell Rittenour (Vermilion), 1:46:43. 40-44: 1. Brad Scholtz (Vermilion), 1:06:04; 6. Mark Cominsky (North Olmsted), 1:19:53; 10. Kevin O’Toole (Avon Lake), 1:41:26. 45-49: 4. Rick Becker (Amherst), 1:17:09; 13. Jeff Evans (Westlake), 1:47:00; 15. Tim Ault (Amherst), 2:00:49. 50-54: 2. Mark Miscencik (Amherst), 1:14:09; 7. Mark Koziel (Elyria), 1:23:33. 55-59: 2. John Daley (North Olmsted), 1:19:43. 60-64: 9. Erik Plato (Vermilion), 1:57:31. Clydesdale (39 and younger): 4. Dan O’Leary (Westlake), 1:30:48. Clydesdale XL1 (40 and older): 7. Thomas Wood (Lorain), 1:50:21. Clydesdale XL2 (40 and older): 1. John Zemesarajs (Sheffield Lake), 1:34:37.

Female
Age group results
Top local finishers

20-24: 1. Samantha Stuart (Avon Lake), 1:51:03; 2. Jordan Via (Vermilion), 1:56:17. 25-29: 5. Gretchen Ferber (Amherst), 1:37:06. 30-34: 6. Anne Denton (Westlake), 1:55:27. 35-39: 4. Laura Brogan (Amherst), 1:43:15. 40-44: 3. Cindy Stives (North Ridgeville), 1:32:26; 5. Amy Wysong (Avon Lake), 1:32:29; 7. Samantna Platek (Westlake), 1:42:21. 60-64: 1. Cassandra McGuire (Avon), 1:29:12. Mountain bike: 1. Danielle Szabo (Amherst), 1:52:34

Women’s only triathlon
Age group results
Top local finishers
20-24: 2. Kelsi Long (Elyria), 1:00:10. 25-29: 4. Becky Bailey (Avon), 1:13:44. 30-34: 9. Stephanie Burnside (Elyria), 1:04:23. 35-39: 3. Laura McGowan (Westlake), 55:56; 4. Andrea Morton (Avon Lake), 1:01:44; 5. Jessica Karbler (Elyria), 1:04:02; 6. Joy Rice (Avon Lake), 1:08:08; 8. Danielle Soltis (Westlake), 1:24:43. 40-44: 3. Dianne Hamilton (Avon Lake), 1:01:35; 4. Kelly Yurcich (Avon Lake), 1:08:18. 45-49: 2. Holly Weber (Vermilion), 57:13; 4. Maura Robison (Westlake), 1:01:10; 6. Chelee Quarm (Grafton), 1:09:02. 50-54: 2. Anne Naugle (Vermilion), 55:14; 4. Nina Kimpton (Avon), 1:03:52. 55-59: 1. Wendy Long (Elyria), 1:00:24. Athena (39 and younger): 3. Valerie Zilch (Lorain), 1:16:04. Athena (40 and older): 2. Aimee Dickinson-Wilson (Amherst), 1:03:54; 3. Cindy Menefee (North Ridgeville), 1:06:19.

DUATHLON
Olympic Distance
10K run, 40K bike, 10K run
Male
Elite open

Lito Espinosa, 38 (North Canton), 2:12:40

Elite Master
Ben Hastings, 43 (Berlin Heights), 2:09:22
Age group
Top local finishers
30-34: 1. Sam Scheetz (Avon Lake), 2:48:37. 50-54: 1. Scott Zubricky (North Ridgeville), 2:13:11; 2. Danny Blowe (North Ridgeville), 2:57:33.

Female
No entrants
Sprint
5K run, 20K bike, 5k run
Male
Elite Open
Jordan Reynolds, 19 (Lorain), 1:20:51

Age group results
Top local finishers
45-49: 2. Patrick Murray (Vermilion), 1:23:25. 50-54: 2. Mick Mitchell (Vermilion), 1:46:12; 4. Robert McClafferty (Vermilion), 1:55:30. Clydesdale XL1 (40 and older): 1. Joe Zellers (Vermilion), 2:03:02.

Female
Age group results
Top local finishers
30-34: 2. Stephanie Schwarck (Vermilion), 1:55:23. 55-59: 1. Barbara Qua (Vermilion), 1:45:08.

Mini duathlon
Male
Age group results
Top local finishers
35-39: 1. Mike Roethler (Avon), 1:07:59.

Female
Age group results
Top local finishers
15-19: 1. Annie Rossi (Vermilion), 1:20:10. 35-39: 2. Mary Rhoads (Elyria), 1:14:22; 3. Tara White (Grafton), 1:14:23