Baird, Macbay dominant at triathlon
Organizers describe 24th Carbonear event as a success
and 23 seconds.
MacBay, a resident of St. John’s, competes in the 30-39 age category. Her closest rival was Nicole Graham of Conception Bay South, who finished about a minute-and-a-half behind.
Last year’s winner in the female division, Carbonear native Victoria Ralph, did not enter this year.
Organizers say just under 100 people took part in the event, which features a 500 metre swim in Freshwater Pond, a 20 kilometre bike race, and a five kilometre run.
Only a handful of participants were from the Carbonear region, a circumstance organizers hope to change in the future, especially in the team category.
The following, meanwhile, is a brief summary of the results:
• Ages 21-29 —Nicole Graham, CBS (1:08:57); Kristy Hynes, Torbay (1:12:42); Shalane Spurrell, St. John’s (1:18:46);
• Ages 30-39 — Katherine MacBay, St. John’s (1:07:23); Dwan Street, Paradise (1:15:58); Stephanie Porter, St. John’s (1:16:09);
• Ages 40-49 — Christiane
Conditions were just about perfect on Sunday, July 15 for the Carbonear sprint triathlon, and that’s just about how you can describe performances by Jordan Baird and Katherine MacBay.
Baird again proved he is the No. 1 triathlete in this province by dominating the men’s event, winning for the second consecutive year in a combined time of 56 minutes, 46 seconds.
The 19-year-old is a resident of Lewin’s Cove on the Burin Peninsula, and has his sights set on the 2013 Canada Summer Games in Quebec, though he hasn’t decided whether he will compete in triathlon or cycling.
Baird has now surpassed Stephen Dyke of St. John’s as the man to beat at the Carbonear event. Dyke competes in the 50-59 age category, and dominated the race for about a decade. He finished this year’s race in 58:59, and was the only other competitor to finish in under one hour.
MacBay, meanwhile, improved on last year’s second place finish to claim the 2012 crown in a time of one hour, seven minutes John’s (1:15:06); (1:18:39); Janet (1:18:57);
• Ages 50-59 — Shirley Granter-Button, St. John’s (1:20:16); Yvonne Martin, St. Mary’s (1:25:03); Elsie Thistle, St. John’s (1:27:48); Elizabeth Evely, Carbonear (1:34:03);
• Ages 60-plus — Linda Hensman, St. John’s (1:32:44); Flora Seymour, Torbay
• 20 and under — Jordan Baird, Lewin’s Cove (56:46); Landon Fisher, St. John’s (1:06:20);
• Ages 21-29 —Chris Small, St. John’s (1:02:51); Sean Thistle, St. John’s (1:06:32); Graham Soper, Port au Port West (1:07:20); Mark Hurley, Carbonear (1:13:44);
• Ages 30-39 — Shawn Leroux, St. John’s (1:02:07); Patrick Collins, St. John’s (1:03:11); Marc Saunders, St. John’s (1:09:59); Jay Hickey, Harbour Main (1:10:06);
• Ages 40-49 —Jeff Holmes, St. John’s (1:01:44); Andre Engelbrecht, St. John’s (1:08:14); Derek Galway, St. John’s (1:10:45);
• Ages 50-59 — Stephen Dyke, St. John’s (56:38); Jeff Collingwood, St. John’s (1:09:13); Lloyd Button, St. John’s (1:11:58); Ray Baird, Lewin’s Cove (1:14:54); Andrew Peacock, Car- bonear (1:25:12)
• Ages 60-plus — Phil Graham, St. John’s (1:16:23); Gary Burden, St. John’s (1:19:44); Wayne Baggs, St. John’s (1:23:37); Don Butt, Carbonear (1:46:05);
1. Allison Somers and Chris Roberts, Carbonear (1:10:03);
2. Skye Fisher and Abigail Steele, St. John’s (1:11:33);
3. A. McAleese, C. Browne and K. Van Gulick, St. John’s (1:15:57);
4. Kirsten Lowe, Trevor Lowe and Courtney Lowe, Clarke’s Beach (1:17:11);
5. Harold Earle, I. Peacock and A. Loveys, Carbonear (1:28:12);
6. Barry, Brenda and Laura Peach, Carbonear (1:34:36);
7. E. Evely, S. Smith and C. Young, Carbonear, Special Olympics (1:44:31).
Craig Pike (left) and Jeff Collingwood, both of St. John’s, emerge from Freshwater Pond following a 500-metre swim.
Derrick Pittman (right) of Gander squeezes a wet sponge over his head during the running portion of the 24th Carbonear sprint triathlon on Sunday, July 15. At left is race volunteer Kathy Noel, her four-year-old grandson Nathan Bakogeorge, and Nathan’s mom, Abby Noel.
Race co-ordinator Randy Harris keeps a close eye on the competitors as they emerge from Freshwater Pond and begin the cycling portion of the Carbonear sprint triathlon on July 15.
Carbonear’s Allison Somers is shown during the running portion of the Carbonear sprint triathlon.