Tahoe-Truckee athletes make presence felt at June Lake Tri
The June Lake Triathlon this past Saturday had a distinct Tahoe-Truckee feel.
Athletes from the Tahoe area fared well in all four races, which included the typical Olympic and sprint distances as well as a half Ironman distance and a kids triathlon.
JP Donovan, 27, of Incline Village claimed the overall win in the Olympic triathlon, while Truckee’s Chris Cloyd, 29, finished runner-up and Truckee’s Shannon Rahlves, 39, was the top woman and seventh overall.
Donovan set a new course record with his win, using a strong run to record a time of 2:13:05.45. Cloyd recorded a time of 2:19:54 and Rahlves 2:30:15.
Jennifer Todd, 39, of Newbury Park was the second woman and 13th overall in 2:41:09, and Jillian Nykerk-Whisler, 42, of Tahoe City was the third woman and 18th overall in 2:46:35.
Truckee 17-year-old Peter Carroll of the Sugar Bowl Academy finished 11th in 2:40:53, and Sugar Bowl Academy Nordic coach Jeff Schloss, 56, of Truckee was 12th in 2:40:57.
Sixteen-year-old Hannah Halvorsen, also of Truckee and the Sugar Bowl Academy, placed seventh among women, crossing the finish line in 3:03:18. A total of 150 people completed the Olympic-distance triathlon.
In the half Ironman distance, Truckee’s Donatas Ereminas, 32, placed third in a field of 74 finishers with a time of 4:47:57. Matt Russell, 31, of Pacific Palisades won the race, posting a time of 4:22:05, and Taylor Hemming, 30, of Santa Barbara was second in 4:44:17.
Annamae Flynn, 27, of Tahoma finished fourth among women and 13th overall with a time of 5:35:55. Flynn wasn’t far off the pace of Berkeley 32-year-old Laurel Larsen, who was the top woman and ninth overall in 5:27:32. Amanda Mattioli, 36, of Reno was second (5:29:58) and Alison Wenster, 40, of Anaheim third (5:32:29).
Other Tahoe-area finishers included Craig Morgan of South Lake Tahoe, who was 24th in 5:49:11, Rachel Crus of Tahoe City, who was the 11th woman in 6:21:58, and Mark Sheetz of South Lake Tahoe (7:19:48).
In the sprint triathlon, 15-year-old Zachary Williams of Truckee raced to a runner-up finish overall in a field of 164 athletes. Noah Balch, 39, of Los Angeles took the win with a time of 46:40, compared to Williams’ 49:33. Brian Neal, 17, of Irvine was third in 50:44.
Williams was one of many Truckee teens who finished near the front of the pack. Truckee’s Ian Smith, 15, was fourth (53:00), Haydn Halvorsen, 13, was fifth (54:34), Tyler Ferrera, 14, was ninth (54:59) and Christopher Miller, 15, was 13th (56:41).
Mary Jones, 44, of Ventura placed first in the women’s field with a time of 54:36. Jessica Lebedeff, 16, of Truckee was the top Tahoe-area female athlete, placing 13th (42nd overall) in 1:03:03.
Cooper Anderson, 13, of Carnelian Bay finished 22nd (59:10) and Truckee’s Eduardo Klenk was 26th (1:00:02).
Truckee youngsters swept the top four places in the kids triathlon, which featured 46 racers. Hana Mazur and Jake Tedsen, both 11, finished 1-2 with times of 16:47 and 17:03, respectively, while Annsley Akers, 12, was third in 17:20 and Diego Rodriguez, 11, was fourth in 17:31.
Other top Tahoe-area finishes included Annika Thayer (7th), Lola Tieslau (8th), Cole Jacobson (10th), Sven Halvorsen (12th), Caitlin Smith (13th), Lily Murnane (14th), Aleksen Thayer (15th), Tatum Akers (16th), Sydney Whisler (18th), Kai Murnane (25th), Tyler Whisler (26th), and Carson Crus (27th).