posted on June 24, 2012 14:30
Pike Lake – Gabrielle Edwards and Robert Bigsby, two Saskatoon triathletes provided the home crowd with plenty to cheer about racing against the country’s best junior’s at the 2012 Craven Genki Pike Lake Triathlon In what is race number 1 in the four-race Triathlon Canada Teck Junior Race Series, Edwards won silver with a second place finish, 48 seconds behind the junior women’s first place finisher, Quebec’s Amelie Kretz. Edwards race time in the sprint distance event (750 m swim, 20 km bike, 5 km run) was 1 hour, 2 minutes, 10 seconds. Hilary Willie of Victoria BC was third for the junior women. Robert Bigsby clocked the fastest 5 km run time of all junior elite males with a blistering 15 minutes, 59 seconds. Bigsby had the 9th fastest swim time and tenth fastest bike time but put his strong running background to good use and moved to a fourth place overall finish with a time of 57 minutes, 48 seconds. Manitoba’s Tyler Mislawchuk won the male division of the junior elites with a time of 56:39, followed by Myles Zagar from Ontario and Riley MacCharles from Manitoba.
Two Regina athletes had 11th place finishes in the junior elite races. Nicole Cripps came out of the water in 8th place and finished 11th with a time of 1:09:42. And Sean Hooper had the 6th best bike time to finish 11th for the junior men with a time of 59:11. Regina’s Aidan Katz had the tenth best swim time and finished 20th overall with a time of 1:03:14. And Saskatoon’s Christophe Gerard rounded out the Saskatchewan Team with a finishing time of 1:07:18.
Kurt Hauser of Saskatoon is the 2012 Craven Genki Pike Lake Triathlon Standard Distance Champion. Hauser finished the Standard distance race (1500 m swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run) with a time of 2 hours, 4 minutes, 59 seconds; ahead of Chris Malin and his second place time of 2:05:49. Malin, also from Saskatoon, had the lead after the swim portion finishing more than 2:30 minutes faster than the next closest competitor but Hauser proved a strong effort in both the swim and bike portion only to close with the second fastest run time and overtake Malin for the win. Saskatoon’s Mark Bouthillette finished third with a time of 2:06:13.
Alexandra Gordichuk of Edmonton finished first in the female division with a time of 2:18:25 followed by Saskatoon’s Reagan Wildeman who finished with a time of 2:22:41. Wildeman was ahead of Gordichuk through the swim and bike portion but Gordichuk placed a 7th best overall run time (men and women) to overtake Wildeman and capture first place. Saskatoon’s Renee Stuckel finished third among women with a time of 2:27:03.
Calgary’s Stephen Hastings had the fastest time in the adult sprint race with a time of 1 hour and 49 seconds. Hastings was followed by Jason Horner and Kevin Sutton. Janel Merrefield of Saskatoon was the first place finisher for the women in the sprint adult race besting Fionnuala Pierse of Edmonton with a time of 1:10:18. Erika Friebe of Edmonton claimed third place.
Julian Nahachewsky of Saskatoon broke new ground for the Craven Genki Triathlon by becoming the first paratriathlete in the race’s history. Julian finished the sprint race with a time of 1 hour 38 minutes and 51 seconds.