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Shane Harmon comes out on top at Lake Central Triathlon

Updated: June 13, 2013 7:39PM



ST. JOHN — The finish for the second annual Lake Central Triathlon fits the theme of the outing.

Into the Indians’ football practice facility, the competitors completed the third faze — the running portion across the school’s cross country facilities — and finalized the race by standing on the same grounds that student-athletes use.

Race director Todd Smolinski, a former LC athlete himself, especially likes this ending to the fundraiser for the Indians boys and girls swim teams he coaches.

“That’s what I like about it — because you’ll get community members that put themselves in the position of high school athletes,” Smolinski said.

The event started at 8 a.m. in the same waters the swim squads use to train and compete with the 300-meter freestyle. And it was there that overall winner Shane Harmon surged ahead of the field of 65 by performing the top-ranked dash.

“That’s a pretty quick time, I can tell you for sure,” Smolinski said of the swim in 4:47.4, part of Harmon’s winning effort of 55:46:2. Harmon defeated runner-up Ralph Nurse, who finished in 56:13:9. Overall female winner Samantha Sutherland took 12th place with her 1:04:51 showing.

“He looked pretty smooth and in control, where he was moving, but he wasn’t giving it all that he had,” Smolinski said.

This year’s running was a few numbers short of the 74 that came out in 2012, one noticeable missing component was last year’s winner and region standout Chris Wickard. Smolinski said the cooler weather could’ve affected things.

However, the triathlon is steadily turning into a successful fundraiser that helps the kids maintain their focus.

“I like it because the kids don’t have to worry about selling during the season,” Smolinski said. “They can do it in the postseason or after the season.”



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