Triathletes prevail through rain and wind

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Brigantine youths who took part in the triathlon smile despite the less-than-perfect weather. Brigantine youths who took part in the triathlon smile despite the less-than-perfect weather. BRIGANTINE - The 27th edition of the Brigantine Beach Sprint Triathlon was delayed for two hours due to torrential rains on Saturday, but 356 individual triathletes and 42 relay teams completed the race nevertheless.

The rain let up for a while but came back, and combined with a northeast wind, made the course challenging. All the triathletes competed by swimming a quarter-mile in the bay, cycling 11 miles around the island and running four miles on the Avenue.

Brigantine competitors were led by 22-year-old Kylie McKenzie who was the second female finisher in a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 1 second.

Leo Suniga, 47, was ninth overall finishing in 1:03:52. He won his age group competition.

The next Brigantine finisher was Eric Tucker, who was 18th overall in 1:08:27.

Brigantine City Beach Patrol guard Shane McKenzie was fourth in his age group and 21st overall (1:08:52).

The other age group winners from Brigantine were Lauren Stinson, who won the female 19-and-under age group, Kylie McKenzie who also won the female 20-24 age group, Maria-Elise Cassara was first in the female 25-29 age group, Michael Feely who was first in the 65-69 men’s and David Kahn who was first in the 70-79 competition.

The Brigantine men’s finishers included Louis Lupinacci finishing in 1:09:50, Eric Schreiner in 1:10:13, Brandon McKenzie 1:11:09, Greg Driscoll 1:11:38, Brian Mulford 1:15:10, Anthony Lupinacci 1:15:19, Dominic Pullella (home from Hawaii) in 1:16:34, Ed Pistilli 1:20:11, Connor Murray 1:20:23, 12-year-old Cole Murray 1:20:23, 13-year-old Gabriel Arizin 1:21:01, Vince Destefano 1:22:29, Richard Ciuba 1:22:30, 14-year-old Jack Crooks 1:22:37, Jose Moreno 1:22:44, Peter Sparacio 1:22:49, Chris Ciarrocchi 1:23:23, Dan Brown 1:24:41, Scott Rote 1:24:51, David Demarco 1:25:14, Nicholas Vaganos 1:28:34, Councilman Tony Pullella 1:29:03, Howard Hassman and Michael Feely tied in a time of 1:30:36, Brian Murray 1:30:40, Hugh Braithwaite 1:34:05, Anthony Egan (who came in from St. Louis) 1:35:15, Steve Goldstein 1:43:33, 14-year old Matt Crooks 1:45:46, Tom Nelson 1:48:27 and David Kahn 2:23:50.

Herb Rosen, the triathlon’s first 80-year-old competitor, finished in 2:23:49.

The Brigantine women were led by Kylie McKenzie (second in her age group) in 1:13:01, Christina (Pullella) Perry in 1:18:20, Chelsea Hegel 1:19:16, Brigantine native M.B. Holmes 1:20:08, Lauren Stinson 1:20:31, Betsy Dougherty 1:21:48, Ryan Lynn Hurst 1:24:30, Lena Stinson 1:24:46, Jill Tate 1:24:52, Caitlin Schreiner 1:26:50, Carrie Mulford 1:26:52, Marissa Murray 1:28:02, Michelle Smith 1:28:13, Margot Murray 1:28:45, Lauren Robbins 1:28:56, Christina Vagonos 1:29:15, Denise Graybill 1:29:48, Megan Doran 1:30:05, Stacie Driscoll 1:30:21, Valerie Richards 1:34:12, Emily Cliggett 1:35: 23, Christine Watson 1:36:33, Mollye Lange 1:37:02, Samantha Storino 1:37:53, Lisa Coates 1:38:19, Berni Sheridan in 1:39:01and Elizabeth Mcready in 1:39:21.

Maggie Huntbach completed the course in 1:40:54.

Patricia Baldt finished in 1:43:58, Jennifer Burns in 1:44.00, Theresa Smith in 145:03, Toni Flowers in 1:45:13, and Brigantine North School teachers Melissa Knoff and Nancy Doran finished in 1:45:18 and 1:50 respectively.

Elissa Waldstein finished in 1:46:43 and Tami Keena was 1:49:15, Patty Delson 1:52:50, and Denise D’adamo 2:01:47. Samantha Carchidi finished in 2:00:38, Kim Mogan in 2:02:21 and 12-year-old Haley Cliggett completed the race in 2:12:13 followed by Laurel Leigh in 2:12:19.

Deborah Phillips, who has completed all of the previous 26 Brigantine triathlons, completed her 27th in a time of 1:54:38.

The relay results were strong with the Broad Street Triathletes winning in a time of 1:16:53. The first team identified as from Brigantine was the Against Better Judgment team which finished in ninth place in a time of 1:20:02. A special congratulation goes to Team Tate Sharp Klemm. (See story on Page 28.)

“The Brigantine C.E.R. would like to congratulate and thank all of the athletes who participated in the event,” said CER Director Jim Mogan after the event. “Thanks must also go to the record number of volunteers who worked very hard in making this event a success. We had approximately 250 volunteers for the event.

“The triathlon could hot have been held without the great support of the following Brigantine departments: public works, emergency management, police, firemen and beach patrol,” Mogan said. “The Atlantic County Explorers from the Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the event. We are already looking forward to the 2015 event and dry weather.”

All finishing times and home towns were supplied by Compuscore, the official timers of the Brigantine Beach Triathlon.

 

Photos by Keri O'Connor

Peter Sparacio, 43, (1:22.49) of Brigantine; Steve Hughs, 42, (59:44) of Haddon Township; Tom McMenamin, 44, (1:26.14) of Havertown, Pa.; and Eric Puduimott, 44, (1:08.33) of Brigantine. Peter Sparacio, 43, (1:22.49) of Brigantine; Steve Hughs, 42, (59:44) of Haddon Township; Tom McMenamin, 44, (1:26.14) of Havertown, Pa.; and Eric Puduimott, 44, (1:08.33) of Brigantine.

Rich Delgado, 32, (1:29.01) of Galloway and Frank McGuigan, 27, (1:32.05) of  Little Egg Harbor. Rich Delgado, 32, (1:29.01) of Galloway and Frank McGuigan, 27, (1:32.05) of Little Egg Harbor.

Beachcomber News Staff Writer Michael Feely, 68, (1:30.36) and Howard Hassman, 57, (1:30.36) in their 14th triathlon finishing together. Beachcomber News Staff Writer Michael Feely, 68, (1:30.36) and Howard Hassman, 57, (1:30.36) in their 14th triathlon finishing together.

Keely Conti of Brigantine with her sons, Connor Murray, 15, and Cole Murray, 12, who both finished the race in 1:20.23. Keely Conti of Brigantine with her sons, Connor Murray, 15, and Cole Murray, 12, who both finished the race in 1:20.23.


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