Under sunny skies and challenged by a brisk wind, nearly 200 racers participated in Kent School’s fourth annual Osprey Triathlon. Racers biked, kayaked and ran as individuals or as part of relay teams. The field included competitors from ages 9 to 74.
Kelly Reed of Georgetown, MD was the first to cross the finish line. She and her relay teammate, Kevin McFadden completed the course in just over an hour – posting a scorching time of 1:01:08. Mark Muhley of Annapolis, MD took home the top prize in the men’s individual category with a time of 1:06:03. He was followed by Adam Stolzberg of Washington, D.C. with a time of 1:08.02. Jay Yerkes of Still Pond placed third overall with a time of 1:09:52.
In the women’s individual category, Chestertown resident, Jaime Fleetwood earned the top spot with her time of 1:14:16. Vicki Snyder of Spring Grove, PA placed second at 1:22:47. She was followed closely behind by Jennifer Siegel of Centreville, MD whose time was 1:23:48.
In age group categories, Will Cammerzell, Matthew Grande and Alexander Frith swept the top three spots respectively in the male 16 and under category. Annabelle Gillespie was the uncontested winner in the female 16 and under category. In the 17-35 men’s category, Brendan Cummings placed first with a time of 1:12:00, followed by Dan Snyder whose time was 1:16:03. Creg Fleetwood took home the third place medal with a time of 1:19:24. On the women’s side in the 17-35 age group, Christine Compton of Baltimore crossed first with a time of 1:27:22. Catherine Sutton of St. Leonard placed second with her time of 1:28:06 and Kelly Hastings of Washington, D.C took third with a time of 1:28:58. The top three men in the 36-50 group were Trey Hill (1:10:41), Bob Fordi (1:15:35) and Stuart Levy (1:16:37). The top three women were Julie Gillespie (1:30:34), Lisa Webb, (1:30:37) and Julie Pfeffer (1:25:32). Rounding out the age group winners, Keith Snyder, Lynn Brookhouser and Jerry Thomas were the top three racers in the men’s 51 and over category. Isabelle Sampson, Karen Douglass and Debra Brookhouser were the first three to finish in the women’s 51 and over categories.
Relay teams are always popular at the Osprey Tri because they put the course within reach for athletes of all skill and experience levels. The top relay teams were Team Built for Speed (Kelly Reed and Kevin McFadden), Team Bramble (Megan Owings, Bobby Bramble and Jay Silcox), Team Yerkes (Jay Yerkes, Steve Wheeler and Christina Bonass) and team Fordi (Bob Fordi, Jack Fordi and James Fordi.) Complete results can be found at www.kentschool.org/osprey-triathlon.
The 2014 Osprey Tri was sanctioned by USA Triathlon and attracted athletes from throughout the mid-Atlantic region. Race Coordinator Tricia Cammerzell said, “The Osprey Triathlon has grown steadily over the past four years and we felt it was time to add another level of professionalism to the event. Sanctioning helps us produce a better race. Fuel 3 Sports provided electronic chip timing, improved transition areas and a terrific start-finish line. We will continue to look for improvements in the 2015 race.” Cammerzell continued, “Hosting an event like this would not be possible without help from volunteers and corporate sponsors. Special thanks go to Top of the Class Sponsor, Chestertown Runners and to our segment sponsors Yerkes Builders, The Peoples Bank and Gunther McClary Real Estate. Kent School parent and alumna Pat Parkhurst deserves recognition as volunteer extraordinaire. The Osprey Tri is a better event thanks to her support.”
Kent School’s headmaster, Chris Gorycki said, “This is such a great event for our school. Every aspect of this race re-enforces our core values of integrity, respect, responsibility and friendship. It is also a pleasure to introduce our school to participants and friends who may not otherwise know about our school. We are fortunate to have this gorgeous setting, and it is a pleasure to share it with others through the Osprey Tri. Congratulations to all who had a role in making this such a great event.”
For more information about the Osprey Triathlon or Kent School, visit www.kentschool.org or call 410-778-4100 ext. 110. Kent School is an independent school located in Chestertown that serves boys and girls from pre-k through grade 8.