Last weekend saw the end of the 3-race Metasprint Series 2016, with the Triathlon event. Whilst there were less KLASS triathletes participating than in recent years, those who did compete certainly made their mark, and their results were testament to the consistent and intense training they do in all of the disciplines, as well as in transitioning smoothly from one to the next.
Kylie Compton (Year 9) put in solid performances in all 3 races, with 8th in Aquathlon (February), 3rd in Duathlon (March) and 4th in Triathlon (April).
In his last year in this age group, Jack Heneberry (Year 9) was determined to make at least one podium. He was 5th in the Aquathlon, and then improved to 3rd in both the Duathlon and Triathlon, also coming 3rd overall in the Series, just ahead of his long-time friend and adversary, Russell Liew.
Having been runner-up in both Aquathlon and Duathlon, Oliver Trott (Year 9) had some folk believing his chances were in doubt, with 2 hospital visits within a week of the Triathlon race. But he was not to be denied. Adrenalin is a great pain killer and Oliver put in solid swim and bike legs before running strongly to claim 2nd place. This also assured him 2nd place in the Series.
Sam Compton (Year 7) had the age and size disadvantage this year, but still never gave up in this largest of all Youth categories (37 Triathlon finishers). He emerged 7th in Aquathlon, 5th in Duathlon and 10th in Triathlon, and still has 2017 to race again in this category.
Matthew Trott (Year 8) had convincing wins in the Aquathlon and Duathlon events and was determined to reinforce his status as the strongest Triathlete in his age group. The swim leg is his specialist discipline and, after a good transition, Matthew blasted off on a new bike to leave the other competitors far behind. By the time the run started, the result was not in question, and he was able to cross the line with a 2 minute lead. Matthew was crowned Series Champion, improving on last year's 2nd place.
It was a shame Natalie Hunter (Year 7), who won the Duathlon, was still suffering from injuries sustained there, and could not compete in the Series closer.
Siobhain Doyle (Year 7) emerged as Champion for the Triathlon as well as for the Series, having won the Aquathlon earlier. Siobhain has participated in the Metasprint Series for the past 4 years and emerged 1st each time. She has another year in the U13 Girls category (300m swim, 12km bike and 2.5km run), and in the Triathlon was 2nd of all Youth Girls (up to U15) so we look forward to seeing her defending her title in next year’s Series.
Written by a parent, Margaret Wing
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