Daniel Evans of Charleston placed first in the triathlon with a time of 1:50:28
The seventh annual Mountain Lakes CVB Stonewall Jackson Triathlon was held on Saturday, Aug.16 at Stonewall Resort. The race attracted athletes from 8 states for a 1,000 meter swim in Stonewall Jackson Lake, a 26-mile bike ride along local country roads and a 4 mile run through Stonewall Resort State Park.
This Triathlon is locally planned and organized by the Lewis County Chamber of Commerce. Jones Racing Company managed all race day activities. The event 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.
The race attracted approximately 90 participants, with some coming from as far away as Utah. Organizers were pleased with the numbers and the perfect weather on Saturday for the event.
Daniel Evans of Charleston placed first in the triathlon with a time of 1:50:28. Evans said he enjoyed the course at Stonewall. He was followed by Jay Calvert of Cranberry Township, Pa. with a time of 1:56:54, and Andrew Cochran of Lewisburg with a time of 1:57:17. Fred Love, Jr. of Weston was also a participant in the triathlon.
The first place female finisher was Krystle Bailey of Glenville with a time of 2:15:16. She was followed by Sarah Fletcher of Elkview with a time of 2:16:25 and Debbie Conner of Dunbar, Pa. with a time o f 2:19:56. Jonelle Spiker of Jane Lew placed 5th among the women competitors.
Relay teams winners were Anderson/Yelinek which placed first, Jodi and Danny placing second, and Boy Scout Crew 13 placing third.
Other teams included Team Darton, Last Minute Tri, Swimming Over the Hill and Team Snyder.
Brooklyn Perkey, a junior at Lewis County High School, was a member of the NSBC Rampage travel basketball team during the summer. The Rampage is out of Morgantown and Perkey was the starting point guard on this year's squad.
The team played in major tournaments against girls from all over the United States. Perkey and the Rampage participated in tournaments held in WV, Cincinnati, Ohio, Hershey, Pa., Lexington, Ky. and Washington, D.C. The Rampage posted a mark of 34-6 during the travel season including capturing the National Championship held in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Perkey, along with teammate Shelby Boyle from Morgantown, was named to the all-star team at the tournament held in Hershey, Pa. Brooklyn is a two-sport star at Lewis County where she plays basketball and soccer. Brooklyn is the daughter of Mark and Rhonda Perkey of Weston.