Greater Trail trio takes top spot in team sprint competition

A trio of Greater Trail Swim Club members cruised to first place in the team sprint at the 31st Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon Sunday.

A trio of Greater Trail Swim Club members cruised to first place in the team sprint at the 31st Nelson Cyswog’n’Fun Triathlon Sunday at Lakeside Rotary Park.

The team comprised of Eden Kormendy of Fruitvale, Jackson Konkin of Trail, and Adrian Hamilton of Rossland raced to top spot in a sizzling 63 minutes. Kormendy completed the 500 metre swim, while Hamilton tackled the 22-kilometre bike, and Konkin the five-km. run.

Meanwhile, Trail’s Gerald Klassen and Graham Cocksedge of Powell River teamed up to take first place in the team Olympic course event that entails a 1.5-km swim, a 39-km Bike, and a 10 km run.

Nelson’s Goggles Gear and Gatorade made up of Hannah DeVries, John DeVries and Anthony Maley came second.

After finishing second in last year’s race, Eddie Smith of Penticton nipped Gary Wade of Kelowna to claim victory in the men’s Olympic course triathlon, while Sarah MacArthur of Calgary won the women’s race. Stephanie Hall of London was a close second behind MacArthur while 2011 champion Kelly Geisheimer of Rossland placed third.

In the short course race Ian Sharp captured the men’s crown after Connor Breitkreuz of Robson was disqualified for missing a turn. Sharp flew through the short course in a time of 1:08.02. Gray Creek’s Juergen Baetzel claimed second followed by Joel Deleenheer of Victoria.

In the women’s short course race Dannica Stevenson-Wade of Kelowna finished first beating out Renee Soenen of Calgary. Nikki Jomha of Victoria came third.