3 States Part of Triathlon
The ninth annual Stonewall Jackson Triathlon was held on Saturday at Stonewall Resort attracting approximately 50 participants, down somewhat from last year’s event.
Although the total number of participants was down, spirits were high and the weather perfect for those who came from throughout W. Va., Va. and N. C. to take part in the local Chamber of Commerce fundraising event.
Racers competed in a 1,000 meter swim in Stonewall Jackson Lake, a 26-mile bike ride along local country roads and a four mile run through Stonewall Jackson Resort State Park.
This year, participants could also participate in a Duathlon option, meaning taking part in the bike ride and running portions only.
The triathlon is locally planned and organized by the Chamber with Jones Racing Company managing all race day activities. The triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.
Since this race has also been deemed the prestigious Best of the U.S. Qualifier Race, the only triathlon in West Virginia to earn this recognition, winners will be eligible to compete nationally.
Devon Stewart of Charleston placed first in the triathlon with a time of 1:58:24.
Stewart was followed by Andrew Cochran of Lewisburg, with a time of 1:58:52. Cochran was third place finisher in last year’s Triathlon. Placing third was Dave Strawn of Buckhannon with a time of 1:59:37.
Top female finisher was Lori Sherlock of Star City, with a time of 2:02 :45. Sherlock was also the top female finisher in last year’s race and this year she beat last year’s time by almost four minutes. Sherlock placed 4th overall. Coming in second was Kristie Cunningham of Evans, with a time of 2:10:45. Third place honors for females went to Robin Metruzzi of Morgantown, with at time of 2:11:46.
Relay honors went to the team, Lineskis with at time of 2:09:02, followed by Team Sophia with a time of 2:20:57. There were five relay teams in the event.
The oldest participant was Bob Busick of Orion Mountain, who finished in 30th place.
Look for more pictures of the Triathlon in next week’s issue of The Weston Democrat.
Another year of high school football will get underway on Thursday, Aug. 25 when the Lewis County Minutemen will travel to Bridgeport to take on the Bridgeport Indians. The Minutemen who finished with a 5-5 mark are beginning their second year under Head Coach Dustin Cogar. Assistant Coaches for Lewis County are Hunter McWhorter, Bill Powers, Charles Simms, Jimmy Hankins, Tyke Foster, Brian Stump, Chuck Rahming, Ryan Dumont, Tom Rogers and Dave Gosa.
Players for the 2016 Minutemen football team include seniors Kaleb Gannon, Jon Gum, Noah Bonnett. Thomas Hogan, Nate Frazier, Drew Potter, Austin Hughes, Matt Rinehart, Ian McKee, Tim Beam, Dalton Lowther and Devon Wagnor. Juniors for the 2016 season are Brett Cogar, Luke Dublin, Adam Cutlip, Joseph Rubio, Jacob White, Dylan Tallarito, Cole Barker, Jhordan Mayo, Brycen Lipps and Cory Cogar. Sophomores for the 2016 season are Levi Fox, Larry Lane, Caleb Armentrout, Caden Rohrbough, Isaiah Burciago, Aaron Beam, Dylan Lawson, Charles Simms, Hunter Rexroad, Ryan Metzgar, Pat Snuffer and Brice Johnston. Freshman for the 2016 squad are Joseph Spray II, Jared Griffith, Chase Beam, Korbyn Tallarito, Bryson Greenlief, Ryan Smith and Nic Kuhn.
The Minutemen are entering the 2016 in Class AA ranks after several years as a Class AAA team. The Minutemen fell to Class AA after the reclassification of the classes this year. The reclassification will remain in effect for the next four school years.
The Minutemen who have over the past several seasons become one of the top teams in North Central West Virginia will look to continue that success in their first season in the Class AA ranks. The Minutemen earned Class AAA state playoff appearances in 2001, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Lewis County captured it’s first playoff win during the 2012 season.
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