Meadville Tribune

Sports

June 28, 2014

Youngsters shine at annual triathlon

SAEGERTOWN — There’s a lot of love in a triathlon, according to 15-year-old Washington, Pa., resident Stephen Day.

Asked why he’s made the two-and-a-half hour trek from Washington to Woodcock Creek Dam each of the past four years to compete in the Dam Tri Jr., he answered:

“I love it. Wouldn’t miss it for the world.”

Asked why he competes in triathlons in general, he answered in a similar fashion:

“I do it because I love it. Nothing else to it.”

Well, apparently, the love you put in is equal to the love you get out of it, because Day has made himself the young man to beat in the Dam Tri Jr., winning the Male 14-15 division for the second straight year after completing the event’s 300-yard swim, 6-mile bike and 2-mile run in 49:51 during Saturday’s race.

Day finished just 15 seconds ahead of second-place runner Andrew Weis, and a little more than two minutes ahead of third-place finisher Zach Leachman.

It was a win that was all about the details for Day.

“Well, this race I tried something new,” he said. “I used bike shoes instead of regular shoes. I had to take my time and clip in. I spent two and a half hours (Friday) practicing. It went all right. It took me (about 80 yards) and I was clipped in on both of them.”

Two and half hours spent on a Friday clipping new shoes into bike pedals? It’s just gotta be love.

Clark, Kavanaugh win 12-13’s

Two years ago, Meadville’s Wade Clark was the third-place finisher in the Dam Tri Jr.’s 11-12 Male race. Then last year, Clark bumped up to the 12-13 division, and ended up second, finishing a couple seconds behind the division’s winner, Chris Fuller or Conneaut, Ohio.

This year, finally, Clark made it to the top rung of the ladder, winning the Male 12-13 division at this year’s Dam Tri Jr., completing the 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike and 1-mile run in 23:36.

“It drove me to do better this time,” said Clark about his close calls the previous two years. “Yeah, it feels good to win it.”

Clark said he wasn’t certain that yesterday’s effort would be good enough.

“You never know,” he said. “There could be some other kid that comes in with a better time.”

Clark didn’t need to worry, though. He finished faster then second-place runner Noah Phillips, also of Meadville, by nearly three seconds (26:12), and was more than four seconds faster than third-place runner, and another Meadville resident, Hayden Parks (27:54).

There was also some redemption for the Female 12-13 winner, Emily Kavanaugh of Cranberry Township. She was second in the same division last year, and was sixth in her division two years ago. But she finally broke through for her first victory, finishing the circuit in 26:45.

In second place was Erie’s Bella Agresti in 29:08. In third was Alaina Hicks in 30:13.

Text Only
Sports
  • Hawley scores District 1 finishes off dominant pool performance by trouncing New Jersey

    Pitchers often get the most credit in shutout victories. And Emma Osborne, Katy Dunn and Emily Beddick have certainly been deserving for District 1.
    Its defense, though, has been equally deserving.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sliding into second District 1 remains unbeaten after two routs

    Becca Siple’s response to a question on Twitter may have said it all.
    “Best experience of my life,” Siple said, when asked by The Meadville Tribune via Twitter to describe her experience thus far at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament. Following her response was the hashtag #D1isfamily.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Steelers camp Steelers LB Spence caps lengthy comeback

    The whistle blew and Sean Spence sprinted forward, each cathartic step distancing the linebacker from the horrific knee injury that threatened to end his NFL career before it even really began.
    Spence almost gleefully smashed into fullback Bryce Davis during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first full contact drill of training camp on Monday. The two tussled for several seconds before Davis — his fists full of Spence’s jersey — pulled them both to the ground.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • District 1 dominates at East Regional

    Outscoring its opponents 32-0, District 1 moved to 3-0 at the Senior League Softball East Regional Tournament on Monday with a pair of wins.

    July 28, 2014

  • Kissing the bricks Gordon wins at Indy for record 5th time

    With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.
    Gordon won a NASCAR-record fifth Brickyard 400 on Sunday, eight days before his 43rd birthday and on the weekend Indianapolis Motor Speedway celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first Brickyard victory.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Roethlisberger OK with choice to wait on new deal

    There are days when Ben Roethlisberger can feel every single hit he’s absorbed during a decade as one of the NFL’s most fearless quarterbacks.
    And there are days when the Pittsburgh Steelers star sees the young faces surrounding him in the huddle and it seems like he can play forever.

    July 26, 2014

  • Teen doping Survey: Teens experimenting with HGH on the rise

    Michael Guerreri wanted to try human growth hormones so he could look like a pro wrestler. Joe Badalanato hoped HGH would help him become a better football player. James O’Brien figured the drug would improve his fastball.
    The three 18-year-olds from suburban Philadelphia told The Associated Press this week that they bought bottles of HGH online in the past year. Turns out, what they bought was fake.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Montoya back at Indy intent on winning for Penske

    Juan Pablo Montoya is back at Indianapolis Motor Speedway — one night only, an encore of sorts, in a guest-starring role for Team Penske.
    The Colombian is entered in the Brickyard 400 for the explicit purpose of winning at Indy in NASCAR and giving team owner Roger Penske one of the few trophies missing from his collection.

    July 25, 2014

  • Haley Wise District 1 looking forward to bigger goals

    The members of the District 1 Senior League softball team haven’t spent a whole lot of time playing together.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Meadville's magical season comes to an end

    The state run is over for the Meadville Junior League All-Stars.
    Guess they’ll just have to content themselves with a District 1 championship, a Section 1 championship and an incredible turnaround from the year before.

    July 24, 2014

Sports Scoreboard
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Business Marquee
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Poll

A South Carolina woman was arrested recently after the McDonald’s employee let her daughter spend the day playing in a nearby park while she worked her shift. The decision has created a debate over “free-range” parenting and whether it’s a good idea or not. What’s your take?

I’m fine with it. If she cannot afford childcare, what choice does she have?
This is horrible and very bad parenting.
I’m torn. It’s not right what she did, but it sounds like the mother had few other options.
     View Results
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks