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Tahoe triathletes fare well in XTERRA World Championship

A handful of North Shore locals competed in the XTERRA World Championship in Maui this past Sunday, led by Kara LaPoint’s second-place finish in the women’s 25-29 age group.

Robert Kronkhyte, Wendy Kronkhyte and Joe Pace, all of Tahoe City, also competed in the season-culminating event.

LaPoint finished 232nd overall out of more than 650 triathletes from across the globe, posting a time of 3 hours, 24 minutes, 21 seconds. LaPoint, author of the Sierra Sun’s Endurance Endeavors column, won her 25-29 division at the XTERRA USA Championship in September.



Robert Kronkhyte finished 409th overall and 10th in his men’s 55-59 division in a time of 3:55:41.

He was just one place ahead of fellow Tahoe City resident Pace, who was 410th overall and in 3:56:18 and 11th in the men’s 55-59 division.




Wendy Kronkhyte placed 593rd overall and in a time of 5:06:48, which was good enough for 26th place in her women’s 45-49 division.

Professional XTERRA triathlete Javier Gomez won the overall in a time of 2:26:50, while fellow pro Lesley Paterson won the women’s overall in 2:44:11.

Neilson Powless of Roseville – who at the age of 15 won the XTERRA Lake Tahoe off-road triathlon and the XTERRA Tahoe City triathlon this past summer, and was the top amateur and 12th overall in the XTERRA USA Championship – was the top amateur. He placed 23rd overall, ahead of many pros, in a time of 2:42:35.

The race consists of a 1.5-kilometer (1-mile) rough-water swim, a 30.4-kilometer (18.89-mile) mountain bike and a 9.5-kilometer (5.9-mile) run.


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