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Ludington Triathlon sprint races head out into the fog and chilly waters of Lake Michigan Sunday morning. MIsportOnline photo.

Ludington Triathlon sprint racers head out into the fog and chilly waters of Lake Michigan Sunday morning. MIsportOnline photo.

LUDINGTON – Kathy Calabretta, women’s runner-up in the sprint race Sunday TriathlonICONat the inaugural Tri to Finish Ludington Triathlon, hopes to do well at USA Triathlon’s age group nationals later this summer in Milwaukee.

In just which age group, however, isn’t clear.

Lauren Biggs, women's sprint winner at the Ludington Triathlon on Sunday, heads out of the bike after the fourth best swim of the day.

Lauren Biggs, women’s sprint winner at the Ludington Triathlon on Sunday, heads out on the bike after the fourth best swim of the day.

The 65-year-old from Ludington held off hard-charging 25-year-old Katherine McCarthy of Grand Rapids, by 12 seconds, and lost only to middle school phenom Lauren Biggs of Ludington.

Calabretta used the fourth-fastest women’s bike split of the day and a lighting fast 26-second streak through T2 to finish in 1:22:20. Calabretta needed every second to hold off McCarthy, who tore through the rat-maze run course in 19:35 to finish hard on her heels in 1:22:32.

Truth be told there were no women and very few men in 65-deep sprint race who were going to come anywhere close to finishing near Biggs. The 14-year-old women’s sprint winner finished the .75-kilometer (.46-mile) swim, 21-kilometer bike (13 miles) and 5K run (3.1 miles) sixth overall in 1:11:48.

Biggs had the fastest women’s swim (12:14) and bike splits (37:58) and second-fastest run (20:22). Her day was even more impressive when measured against the entire field: She was fourth out of frigid, fog-shrouded Lake Michigan and had the eighth best bike (20.6 mph) overall.

Overall winner Eric Abbott, 24, of Grand Rapids, scorched the bike in 31:20 (a 25 mph average) to win the men’s sprint title in 1:02:17.

Swim leader Aaron Denner, 25, of Grand Rapids, was second in 1:04:56 and 24-year-old Todd Buckingham of Big Rapids was third in 1:05:41.

For complete Tri to Finish Ludington Triathlon results, visit: www.RaceServices.com

Milwaukee’s  finest

A USA Triathlon honorable mention All-American last year,

Kathy Calabretta

Kathy Calabretta

Calabretta has high hopes for her first trip to age group nationals Aug. 10-11, in Milwaukee.

“Brisk,” said Calabretta, about the swim, her accent a dead giveaway of her New Jersey origins. “Once you’re in there you’re not worried about the cold, you’re worried about where you’re going. Once your feet get numb, it doesn’t much matter.”

A runner before taking up triathlon seven years ago, Calabretta praised the run course. “It’s flat,” she said. “It’s pretty, it’s scenic and we watched the Badger go out. I didn’t stop to wave, but maybe next time.”

Biggs things ahead

The only reason Biggs won’t clean up in Milwaukee in August is that it’d

Lauren Biggs

Lauren Biggs

interfere with her performance at USA Track & Field’s youth nationals. That at the fact she’ll be getting ready for her freshman year of high school.

Biggs took the lead in the swim and never came close to giving it up. “The swim was the hardest part. It was definitely really cold,” Biggs said. “It was a little scary.”

Barely into her second year of triathlon competition, Biggs was second woman and 11th overall in the nearly 400-strong field at the Grand Rapids Sprint Triathlon on June 9.

“My dad did them when he was young and since I’m a swimmer and a runner, it just came naturally,” Biggs said.

Blow you away

Overall winner Abbott knew heading out toward Ludington State Park on the

Eric Abbott

Eric Abbott

bike course there’d be trouble when he turned around.

“It was really, really windy,” said Abbot, still out or breath after going back out on the run course to pace home a friend. “I knew that going out. I can’t normally go that fast – 31-32 mph – and that was going up some hills. There’s no way I’m that fast. I knew I was going to get hammered when I turned around.”

He ground down the big gears to average about 22 mph into a close to 20 mph headwind coming back and left T2 with an 4-minute cushion.

“My coach and I are dialing it in for Milwaukee,” Abbott said. “I’m hoping for some good results there.”

Twice the fun

Olympic distance athletes got to spend twice as much time doing a 1.5-kilometer (.9-mile) swim in the 57-degree chop inside Ludington’s breakwaters. Olympic distance triathletes biked 36 kilometers (22.4 miles) and ran a 10K (6.2 miles).

Dave Furey, 55, of Ann Arbor, out-ran 39-year-old Jason Demeter of Elkhart, Ind., for the Olympic title by 27 seconds, finishing in 2:00:08. Women’s Olympic distance winner Angie O’Brien, 42, of Grandville had a cushy 6-minute plus margin coming out of T2, to win in 2:11:59.

Another home-towner, Tomas Lopez, of Ludington, won the duathlon (5K run, 21K bike, 5K run) in 1:20:52. Utica’s Megan Fecteau was the women’s duathlon winner in 1:25:03.

 

 

Competitors in the first of six heats at the Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon crank out some serious wattage on Sunday at the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center. The first wave was made up of Don Correll, Billie Anderson, Bob Glavich, Jim Rice, Jan Host and Laurie Walsworth -- MIsportOnline photo.

Competitors in the first of six heats at the Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon crank out some serious wattage on Sunday at the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center. The first wave was made up of Don Correll, Billie Anderson, Bob Glavich, Jim Rice, Jan Host and Laurie Walsworth. MIsportOnline photo

Joel Anderson, 36, of Spring Lake and Megan Aney, 30, of Muskegon, swept the three-race West Michigan Indoor Triathlon Series with wins Sunday in the season finale at the Spring Lake Community Fitness and Aquatic Center.

Joel Anderson

Joel Anderson

The dynamic duo won in December at the Norton Pines Athletic Club and in January at the Muskegon Family YMCA.

Aney has now won the series twice, her first overall title coming in 2011. “We had a bigger group from the Muskegon Y this year, so that was fun. We all pushed one another harder,” said Aney.

Megan Aney

Megan Aney

Aney dominated the entire field, men and women, in the swim to win the women’s overall on Sunday with 273.03 points. Sarah DePhillips, 30 of Whitehall, was second with 252.70 and Laurie Walsworth, 56, of Fruitland Township, finished third with 236.88.

Anderson’s thin margin on the bike Sunday in Spring Lake gave him the slight edge he needed to score a near-perfect 299.21 points. He needed every single point to hold off USA Triathlon 2011 men’s 30-34 sprint national champion Randall Wood’s fierce challenge. Wood, 31, of West Olive, was second with 293.81 and Larry Haynor, 47, of Paw Paw, took third with 267.75.

Joel Anderson churns out some of his men's best 22.5 laps in the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center's 8-lane pool. Anderson narrowly edged national age group spring champion Randall Wood for the win Sunday. MIsportOnline photo.

Joel Anderson churns out some of his men’s best 22.5 laps in the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center’s 8-lane pool. Anderson narrowly edged 2011 national age group sprint champion Randall Wood for the win Sunday. MIsportOnline photo

Competitors raced six to each heat, starting with a 15-minute swim in the Spring Lake center’s 8-lane pool, followed by 15 minute cycling on Trek bikes set up on Cycle-Ops indoor trainers (both provided by Breakaway Bicycles), then finished with a 15-minute run ‘round the fitness center’s indoor track.

The series’ unique scoring format awards 100 points each for the top men’s and women’s swim, bike and run of the day. Points are awarded as a percentage of the day’s top performance. For instance, if the top woman ran 30 laps, a woman finishing 15 laps scored 50 points.

Men

“I was going for that perfect score today,” said Anderson. “I figured I’d put down a heavy bike and maintain on the run, but it made the run harder.”

Competitors in the fourth heat near the finish on the indoor track Sunday at the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center. MIsportOnline photo.

Competitors in the fourth heat near the finish on the indoor track Sunday at the Spring Lake Community Aquatic and Fitness Center.MIsportOnline photo

 

 

 

Wood gave Anderson a run for his money nearly matching him in the swim and beating him by a ¼ lap on the run (31¾ to 31½).  “Randall did a nice race,” Anderson said. “He pushed hard. He put in a good run. He went after it hard and looked good.”

Anderson’s winning margin of 5.4 points came on the bike, where he rode to a hair under a ½-mile advantage – 9.65 miles to 9.16 for Wood.

Anderson will dial back his training for the next six weeks to recover from a bulging disc, then resume his buildup for Ironman Wisconsin, Sept. 8 in Madison.

Women

Once again, Aney’s complete dominance of the swim leg gave her an unassailable lead from the start. None in the 14-strong women’s field could swim nearer than 73 percent of the swift 23½ laps Aney laid down with her silky smooth swim stroke. In fact, no one in the 40-racer field, man or woman, could beat Aney in the pool – men’s overall winner Anderson posting the best men’s swim of 22½ laps with runner-up Wood right behind him with 22¼.

DePhillips’ 27 laps was the top women’s run split and Walsworth set the women’s biking mark at 8.35 miles. Aney was fifth on the bike (7.18 miles) and second in the run (23½ laps).

Aney’s summer race plans include the Harbor Coastal Crawl Open Water Swim, Aug. 4, in Harbor Springs.

The back of race director Don Correll's t-shirt said it all Sunday at the Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon.

The back of race director Don Correll’s t-shirt said it all Sunday at the Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon. MIsportOnline photo

 Spring Lake Indoor Triathlon

(Feb. 10 at Spring Lake Community Fitness & Aquatic Center)

Overall winners

MEN

Joel Anderson, 36, Spring Lake – 299.21

WOMEN

Megan Aney, 30, Muskegon – 273.03

AGE GROUP WINNERS

MEN

30-34 – Randall Wood, 293.81; 35-39 – Joel Anderson, 299.21; 45-49 – Larry Haynor, 267.75; 50-54 – Peter Shireman, 260.77; 55-59 – Al Angel, 214.84; 60 & older – Don Correll, 244.98.

WOMEN

25-29 – Mindy Bond, 204.59; 30-34 – Megan Aney, 273.03; 35-39 – Naomi Vansingle, 222.47; 40-44 – Dena Thayer, 225.62; 45-49 – Barb Udell, 166.47; 50-54 – Shelley Irwin, 214.10; 55-59 – Laurie Walsworth, 236.88.

Click below for complete results:

MEN

WOMEN

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West Michigan Indoor Triathlon Series Champions

Overall winners

(perfect series score – 900)

MEN

Joel Anderson, 36, Spring Lake – 887.45

WOMEN

Megan Aney, 30, Muskegon – 818.53

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Age group winners

MEN

25-29 – Mike Danhof, 541.47;  35-39 – Joel Anderson, 887.45; 45-49 – Larry Haynor, 756.79; 50-54 – Terry Zahniser, 542.92; 60 & older ­ Bill Anderson, 604.10.

WOMEN

25-29 ­– Sarah DePhillips, 749.26; 30-34 – Megan Aney, 818.53; 30-39 – Amy Kelly, 687.98; 40-44 – Dena Thayer, 708.13; 55-59  – Shelley Irwin, 685.75.

RunningICONMatt Urbanski, 32, of Seattle, Wash., battled wind chills hovering a sliver above 0 and almost 6 inches of new snow to win the inaugural Groundog Marathon Saturday in Grand Rapids.

Urbanski completed six laps of the loop course along the Grand River through Millennium Park in 2:58:33 to finish first in a field of 143.

Jake Gillette, 26, of Goshen, Ind., finished second, over 13 minutes back of Urbanski in 3:12:34.

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Despite conditions, Urbanski loss less than 5 minutes off the Boston Marathon qualifying time he ran last June in 60-degree temperatures at the Vancouver USA Marathon where he finished fifth overall in a field 567.

Top finisher in the 42-runner women’s marathon field was Lisa Altman, 38, of St. Joseph, who was 17th overall just under an hour behind Urbanski in 3:58:08. Last May 20 in Bay City, Altman ran a personal best 3:09:54 at The Qualifier Marathon on day when temperatures soared above 90 degrees. Altman finished over 12 minutes ahead of women’s runner-up Laura Waldo, 49, of Ludington, who finished in 4:11:40.

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Evan Groendyk, 26, of Grand Rapids, topped a field of 235 brave souls in the half marathon, finishing in 1:29:44. Runner-up Bret Austin, 46, of Edgerton, Wisc., was hot on Groendyk’s heels, finishing just 28 seconds back in 1:30:12.

Grand Rapids’ Janet Becker, 39, finished 9th overall in 1:44:15, topping a half marathon field of 119 women by a cool 7:45 over runner-up Christen McCool, 32, of Portage.

Hudsonville’s Matt Mehalko, 30, won the 1/6 marathon (4 1/3 miles for the distance math challenged) in 33:12.23. Jackie Green, 27, of Grand Rapids was 6th overall in the 55-runner field in 38:08.14.

For complete results of the 2013 Groundhog’s Day Marathon visit: http://results.active.com/events/groundhog-s-day-marathon

 

CyclingIconWolverine Sports Club’s Jeff Weinert, 45, of Lake Orion, was 10th in the 83-rider field in the Men’s Masters 45-49 race at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships Friday in Louisville, Kentucky.

Despite temperatures in the teens and sub-zero wind chills, Weinert finished the 5-lap, 7.8-mile race up steep climbs, over hurdles and through treacherous sand pits in 51:21, at an average of speed of over 9 mph.

Men’s 45-49 world champion Donald Myrah, 47, of San Jose, finished in 47:40. Myrah adds the Rainbow jersey to the Stars-and-Stripes jersey he won at the recent U.S. Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships.

For complete results of all the masters world championship races in Louisville, visit: UCI MASTERS CYLCO-CROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

 

 

CyclingIconGrand Rapids’ Tom Burke finished just off the podium in fourth place Friday in the Masters Men’s 30-34 race at the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky.

Burke, riding for the Midwest Cycling Group, finished just behind German’s Sven Baumann of in-state rival Wolverine Sports Club, who finished third for the final podium spot.

Burke completed the 5-lap, 7.8-kilometer race in 42:22, 16 seconds ahead of Burke.

Thomas Turner, 49, of Team Jamis took the Rainbow Jersey as world champion in 41:10, 19 seconds ahead of runner-up Kevin McConnell of Mercy-Specialized/Iowa City Cycles.

 

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