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The fitness level and high spirits of the teenage I-Tri girls were evident.
By Jack Graves | July 23, 2015 – 12:43pm
“This was our biggest and best-trained I-Tri group,” the empowerment program’s founder, Theresa Roden, said.
The rain held off and the competitors, including 60 I-Tri girls and members of the East Hampton Y.M.C.A.’s youth swim team, the Hurricanes, as well as many spectators, turned out for I-Tri’s youth triathlon at Long Beach in Noyac on July 15.
There were almost 100 in the three-part athletic test, in which the fitness level and high spirits of the teenage I-Tri (Transformation Through Triathlon) girls were evident.
Though the Long Beach course has been the scene of adult triathlons since 1982, this was the first time it had been used by I-Tri. The program’s founder, Theresa Roden, who was there urging her charges on, said later in the week that having the youth triathlon there (rather than at Maidstone Park in Springs, where it has been held) would allow it to grow.
Sharon McCobb, the race director, said that she, too, liked “the centrally located venue. We had a lot of new participants this year. Over all, it went very well.”
“This was our biggest and best-trained I-Tri group,” Roden said. The credit for which, she added, ought to go the girls’ coaches, McCobb, Amanda Foscolo, Diane O’Donnell, and Angelika Cruz, who had overseen practices on the course in the month leading up to the race.
In addition to those coaches, four I-Tri alums, Noelly Martinez, Kaya Mulligan, Alana Ellis, and Maria Chavez, helped out on the 15th.
Chasen Dubs, who turned 14 recently, won it pretty much going away in 38 minutes and 23.90 seconds. The bay swim was 300 yards, the bike leg, to the Shelter Island ferry landing and back on North Haven, 7 miles, and the run was a mile and a half.
Dubs, a national Ironguard champion who will be a freshman at East Hampton High School this fall — he swam on the varsity this past winter as an eighth grader and did very well — said after the race that he plans to do cross-country in the fall, swim in the winter, and run the 100, 200, and 400-meter races with the boys track team in the spring.
The female winner, a Hurricane teammate of Dubs’s — and fourth over all — was Maggie Purcell of Southampton, in 41:44.68. Her younger sister, Evie, came to grief on the bike leg, breaking her collarbone as the result of a mini pileup that also downed Caroline Oakland, who also could have expected to be among the front-runners.
Another contestant in the top group, Sophia Swanson, in “trying to avoid something,” ran off the bike course and into a tree, McCobb said.
“These were the first injuries we’ve had in six years . . . I’m still trying to find out what exactly happened,” said McCobb. “Sophia kept going, but didn’t do the run. Evie was taken [by the Sag Harbor ambulance] to the hospital’s emergency room, where she was treated and released. Caroline didn’t go to the hospital.”
Sophia’s older sister, Isabella, who was the runner-up to Maggie Purcell in both the I-Tri and sprint triathlons, said at the Montauk Lighthouse Sunday morning that her sister, a spectator that day, was fine. Oakland, who also was a spectator, sprained her right wrist.
McCobb added that she’d been training all of the above so that they could take part in the sprint triathlon, whose distances were a half-mile swim, a 14-mile bike, and a 5K trail run.
The top I-Tri finisher at the youth triathlon was Goldie Sullivan, 12, in 47:36.84. She was 15th over all.
The top 10 comprised Dubs, Ben Horton (40:15.66), Ryan Bahel (41:22.34), Purcell, Swanson (42:26.66), George Carr-Smith (43:06.34), Isabella Tarbet (43:09.36), Alden Powers (43:14.20), Christopher Downs (44:50.40), and Caelan Clayton (45:37.84).
The age-group winners were Isaiah Robins and Alyssa Benton, 10-and-under; Keegan Guyer and Powers, 11-to-12; Carr-Smith and Hadley Clayton, 13-to-14, and Downs and Rosemary Carr-Smith, 15-and-over.
Among the youth triathlon’s sponsors, said Roden, were the Hampton Jitney, which, “for three weeks provided our girls with transportation to our training sessions at the course,” and Units 2 Go, of the North Fork, “which provided us with two storage bins so we could keep our bikes there.”