Local athletes post top finishes in Lake Tahoe Triathlon
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.
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.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
As seniors from North Tahoe collected diplomas this week, a group of Lakers continued another local tradition — capturing first place at the boys’ regional golf championship.