DRUMS — Organizers of the Strive 2.0 Olympic Triathlon made a change to the swim course at Beech Mountain Lakes for the second edition of the annual race.
But there was no change at the top of the finishers list as Kiley Austin-Young swam, biked and ran his way to a second consecutive victory.
“I was just trying keep my own pace,” the 31-year-old Drums resident said.
He was never seriously challenged, finishing in 2 hours, 1 minute and 27.1 seconds. He more than seven minutes ahead of the second-place finisher.
Kristin Buchholz, of Drums, was the overall women’s winner in similar fashion, finishing in 2:33:25.5, more than 15 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Alissa Swarts, of Greenfield Township. Swarts, 38, finished in 2:48.41.4. Ann Zoranski, 46 of Kingston, finished third in 2:50:24.1.
On the men’s side, the race for second place was much closer as the next three finishers after Austin-Young finished within two minutes of each other.
Sean Robbins, 48 of Dallas, finished second in 2:08:52.1, while Timmy Samec, 24 of Drums, finished third in 2:09:21.9. Eric Shaver, 26 of Dallas, finished fourth in 2:11:20.4.
Austin-Young was never seriously challenged. He was the first one to climb out of Beech Mountain Lake, completing the 1,500-meter swim in 23:08. It was more than a full minute later until Shaver was the second one out of the lake, finishing his swim in 24:20.
He admitted he didn’t “feel great” during the 22.5-mile bike portion of the event, but he still posted the fastest time of anyone at the race, finishing in 56:38. Only David Sedelnick, 35 of New York, came close to Austin-Young’s bike time, finishing in 56:40. He finished eighth overall in 2:18:52.4.
Austin-Young finished off the event with the fastest time in the run, completing two laps of the 3.1-mile course in 39:39.
Buchholz completed the swim in 31:53, the bike in 1:04:53 and the run in 26:47.8.
The event — which featured a single transition area and used Honey Hole Road for the bike course — drew 116 athletes.
1. Kiley Austin-Young, 2:01:27.7
2. Sean Robbins, 2:08:52.1
3. Timmy Samec, 2:09:21.9
4. Eric Shaver, 2:11:20.4
5. Kenny Quigley, 2:11:42.6
6. Alex Saba, 2:13:55.2
7. Kenny Roman, 2:17:28.5
8. David Sedelnick, 2:18:52.4
9. John Orloski, 2:19:22.5
10. Christopher Good, 2:19:24.1
1. Kristin Buchholz, 2:33:25.5
2. Alissa Swarts, 2:48:41.4
3. Ann Zoranski, 2:50:24.1
4. Candace Mccolligan, 2:51:51.5
5. Johnna Mcgovern, 2:53:11.7
6. Colleen Morda, 2:56:42.0
7. Vicki Treese, 2:58:05.4
8. Sara Sadowski, 2:58:35.7
9. Megan Azar, 3:00:00.
10. Jacquelyn Golden, 3:01:28.5
1. Sarah Leskosky, 1:38:20.3
2. Joseph Cammisa, 1:51:20.1
3. Bradley Damschen, 1:53:58.5
4. Nora Whittaker Jones, 1:59:05.6
5. Paul Broody, 2:03:48.1