Triathlon successful despite wind

Nikki Vroman

Nikki Vroman

The Wellness Center’s Mini-Triathlon was a success for many runners, swimmers and bikers on Sunday, April 24.

Starting at noon, individuals and teams of two and three competed in a 500-yard swim in the HPER pool, a 12-mile bike race around town and finished with a 3.1-mile run around campus.

RS Racing came in first place in the team event with a time of 1 hour, 6 minutes and 39 seconds followed closely by VB&B with a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes. The Sinister Ones finished with a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes and 40 seconds.

In the individual competition, first place in the men’s division went to 17-year-old Sam Dannenbring of Yankton with a time of 58 minutes and 22 seconds. Second place went to Tracy Schaefer of Watertown with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 46 seconds. Robert Alwin of Brooklyn Park, MN finished in third place with a time of 1 hour, 2 minutes and 46 seconds.

The individual women’s event found Laura Wilcox, 17, of Yankton in first place with a time of 1 hour, 14 minutes and 56 seconds followed by Amy Dunkle of Brookings with 1 hour, 15 minutes and 57 seconds. Third place went to Denise Pietig of Olivia, Minn., finishing in 1 hour, 16 minutes and 13 seconds.

Fifteen teams, 64 men and 29 women of all ages competed in the 7-mph wind and low 46-degree temperature. All proceeds went to the Wellness Center. Participants received tank tops while the winners received t-shirts, water bottles and coupons.

#1.885050:865898206.jpg:HTriathalonAa.jpg:A participant of the spring triathlon adjusts his shoes to begin the bike portion of the competition. :