Triathlon winner Tom Wood of Buckhannon is joined at the finish line by his son, Parker. Wood finished the race with a time of 1:42:29.
Capturing first among female competitors was Lori Sherlock of Star City, with a time of 2:06:31.
Chamber's Triathlon Largest Ever
The eighth annual Stonewall Jackson Triathlon was held on Saturday at Stonewall Resort. The race attracted 120 participants, the most ever for the local sports event. Racers came from five states and Canada for 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.
The triathlon is locally planned and organized by the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce. Jones Racing Company managed 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. Proceeds over the cost of the event benefit the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce.
Tom Wood of Buckhannon placed first in the triathlon with a time of 1:42:29. His time would have even been faster but he slowed down near the finish line to take the hand of his son Parker, who joined him in crossing the finish line. He beat the time of last year's winner, Daniel Evans of Charleston, by two minutes.
Wood was followed by Adam Brumley, also of Buckhannon, with a time of 1:49:00. Placing third was Andrew Cochran of Lewisburg with a time of 1:58:22.
Top female finisher was Lori Sherlock of Star City with a time of 2:06:31. Sherlock placed 7th overall. Coming in second was Krystle Bailey of Evans, with a time of 2:11:22. Bailey won the female division in last year's race. Third place honors for females went to Missy Jordan of Milton, with at time of 2:11:42.
Relay honors went to the team, Where are the Kids? with at time of 2:16:20, followed by Steph's Crew with a time of 2:21:12. There were six relay teams in the event.
The oldest participant was Otto Kausch of Brecksville, Ohio, age 65, who finished the race with a time of 2:55:20, placing 70th in the race. The youngest competitor was 19 year-old James Hartley of Fairmont, who finished with a time of 2:30:55 and placed 38th overall.
Minutemen Start Season Friday at Oak Hill
The 2015 Lewis County High School Minutemen football team has completed its month of practice in preparation for the season that will begin this Friday night with a trip to Oak Hill for a non-conference game with the Red Devils. First year Head Coach Dustin Cogar and his staff will be looking for leadership from a small group of senior football players. The 2015 Minutemen roster only consists of seven seniors. The seven seniors on this years squad are Riley Gunter, Tyler Metz, Ian Fealy, Adam Clem, Damien White, Daniel Sevick and Mason Arbogast.
A total of 12 juniors are on this year's Minutemen roster. The 12 juniors are Jon Gum, Thomas Hogan, Noah Bonnett, Drew Potter, Austin Hughes, Jacob Moneypenny, Jack Varah, Matt Rinehart, Ian McKee, Caleb Beam, Dalton Lowther and Paige Bragg.
They are a total of 12 sophomores on this year's squad. They are Luke Dublin, Adam Cutlip, Joseph Rubio, Jacob White, Dylan Tallerito, Cole Hunt, Cole Barker, Jhordan Mayo, Brycen Lipps, Logan Boggs, Cory Cogar and Devon Wagoner.
Thirteen freshman are on the roster for the upcoming season. They are Shawn Moran, Caden Rohrbough, Isaiah Burciago, Conner Gillespie, Dylan Lawson, Austin Fraley, Charles Simms, Hunter Rexroad, Johnathan Menendez, Ryan Metzgar, Pat Snuffer, Logan Cogar and Ryan Gillespie.
Lewis County will be looking to qualify for the state playoffs for a fourth straight season and six in seven years and seventh overall playoff appearances.
Pictured is the Minuteman Football Team for 2015. 2015 Lewis County Minutemen Roster: Timothy Beam, Cole Kemper, Riley Gunter, Tyler Metz, Jon Gum, Dylan Gump, Shawn Moran, Luke Dublin, Thomas Hogan, Ian Fealy, Caden Rohrbough, Adam Clem, Adam Cutlip, Isaiah Burciago, Joseph Rubio, Damien White, Jacob White, Conner Gillespie, Drew Potter, Dylan Lawson, Austin Hughes, Austin Fraley, Jacob Moneypenny, Charles Simms, Daniel Sevick, Dylan Tallerito, Jack Varah, Hunter Rexroad, Matthew Rinehart, Johnathan Menendez, Ryan Metzgar, Ian McKee, Mason Arbogast, Cole Hunt, Cole Barker, Pat Snuffer, Jhordon Mayo, Brycen Lipps, Logan Boggs, Dalton Lowther, Logan Cogar, Ryan Gillespie, Paije Bragg, Devon Wagnor, Head Coach Dustin Cogar, Assistant Coaches Hunter McWhorter, Bill Powers, Charles Simms, Jimmy Hankins, Tyke Foster, Tom Rogers, Brian Stump, Earl Layton, Mike Smith, Sports Medicine Staff Mike Moore. (Photo is courtesy of Sam Santilli Photography)