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Local athletes post top finishes in Lake Tahoe Triathlon

Staff report

Courtesy Harry Lefrak / Lefrak PhotographyChris Cloyd of Truckee won the Olympic-distance Lake Tahoe Triathlon at Sugar Pine Point State Park this past Sunday. Find more photos at www.lefrakphotography.com

Chris Cloyd of Truckee raced to a first-place finish in a field of 126 athletes in the Lake Tahoe Triathlon this past Sunday.

The event, which included a sprint-distance triathlon, was held at Sugar Pine Point State Park and hosted by Big Blue Adventure, which also put on the Lake Tahoe Open Water Swims on Saturday.

The Olympic-distance triathlon consisted of a 0.9-mile swim, a 24.8-mile bike ride from the park south past Emerald Bay and back along Highway 89, and a 6.9-mile run through the park.

Cloyd, 27, claimed the victory ahead of Reno’s Duke Bristow, 33, posting a time of 2 hours, 34 minutes, 39 seconds to Bristow’s 2:35:48. Rune Dahl of Mountain View was third in 2:40:19.

Incline Village triathletes Rob Laurie and Peter Hanson represented their hometown well with a couple of top-10 finishes, as Laurie was fourth in 2:41:51 and Hanson seventh in 2:45:33. Truckee’s Donatas Ereminas, 30, rounded out the top 10 in 2:48:49, and Matthew Yarbrough, 35, of Truckee was 17th in the men’s field in 3:02:57.

Laura Driscoll, 30, of Dundalk, Ireland, finished first among woman in 2:53:53, while Laurence Delisle, 21, of San Jose was second in 3:00:10 and Ashley Wood of Ross was third in 3:05:13.

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Beth Tanhoff of Norden led the local contingent of women, as she finished fourth in a time of 3:07:55. Laura Ward of Olympic Valley was 12th in 3:28:21, Truckee’s Andrea Bollakis was 13th in 3:34:51 and Carrie Towers 21st in 3:45:15.

In the sprint triathlon, Andrew Clusserath, 15, of Soda Springs easily captured the win in a time of 52:30 to runner-up Shane Aherne’s 57:12. Zachary Williams, 13, of Truckee was the 12th men’s finisher in 1:02:57, while fellow Truckee athletes Ian Smith and Dawson Smith, both 13, were 20th and 21st with identical times of 1:07:44.

Nancy Harrison of South Lake Tahoe won the women’s sprint, posting a time of 57:41, while Carly Clusserath, 19, of Soda Springs finished runner-up in 1:01:01. Michelle Johnson of Truckee took fourth among women in 1:04:28 and Cheryl Petzold of Truckee was eighth in 1:07:36.

Three distances were offered as part of the Lake Tahoe Open Water Swims and#8212; 1/2 mile, 1.2 mile and 2.4 mile.

In the longest of the three, 15-year-old Brittany Percin of Truckee outdistanced Joshua Cazadd, 34, of Sutter Creek to capture the overall win in a time of 1:01:26.80 to Cazadd’s 1:01:37.55. Samantha Whitecotton, 17, of Roseville rounded out the top three in 1:03:29.20.

John McCormick of Truckee was 20th in 1:34:08.85. A total of 22 people participated.

In the 1.2-mile distance, which drew 48 competitors, Jon Denney, 49, of San Carlos took the win in 28:31.50 and was followed by Blair Moody, 21, of Sacramento in 30:26. Keaton Cooley-Riede, 22, of Truckee was 14th in 38:53, Overall Breck of Truckee was 16th in 40:30., Kerry Bannon of Tahoe City was 17th in 41:02 and Jim Meskimen of Truckee was 18th in 41:08. Kirk Keil of Incline Village rounded out the top 20 in 41:23.

A total of 16 people raced the half-mile, with the youngest swimmers leading the way. Sami Strutner, 16, of Redwood City won in 12:58.35, Kristen Denney, 15, of San Carlos was second in 13:30 and Sean Percin, 11, of Truckee was third in 15:15. Mattias Sullivan, 29, of Truckee was fifth in 18:07.

Find complete results from the races at http://www.bigblueadventure.com.