A teenager and the region’s top triathlete took top honours in the latest Sunset Series round at Aquamoves last night.MARC MCGOWAN February 6, 2013 4:05am
A teenager and the region’s top triathlete took top honours in the latest Sunset Series round at Aquamoves last night.
Female competitors began eight minutes and 10 seconds before their male rivals, which set the stage for an exciting match race between Nathalia-based rising star Matilda Terry and Erin McHugh.
McHugh narrowly beat Terry out of the water, but Terry overtook her on the bike and extended her lead on the run to stop the clock at 27
McHugh (28:28) was next home ahead of Jo Turner (30:45), Alice Gunn (31:45) and Jenette Serra (32:18).
The first man to finish was Ardmona’s Jason Shields (24:36), who has taken the mantle from relocated Anthony Rule as Shepparton Tri Club’s No.
Shields, 36, didn’t have it all his own way, though.
He trailed Stuart Shaw out of the pool and it wasn’t until after the run began that he shook runner-up Danny Muldeary (25:09), with Wade Hicks (26:31) more than a minute further back.
‘‘I’m feeling really good. I did a pretty good time trial at the weekend on the bike and I’m pretty pumped,’’ Shields said.
‘‘I’m tired, but last week I finished seven weeks of a big block of training and now I’ll freshen up (for Ironman New Zealand on March 2).
‘‘I haven’t done any (Shepparton Tri Club) events up until this year and it’s just about supporting the local community.’’
Shields will next contest the 10
His wife, Jae-min Bok, will do the 21
Terry, who turns 17 in April, has taken the opportunity during the recent school holidays to increase her training and competition load.
Last night’s result was a just reward for that dedication.
‘‘It was good, but pretty tough. Jacinta (Collier) usually beats me, but she wasn’t here tonight and Erin and I are usually together and it’s always a good race,’’ Terry said.
‘‘I was just in front coming into transition and didn’t look behind (on the run leg) until I got to the bridge, because I thought she was catching me.’’
Terry is involved with both the Echuca and Shepparton triathlon clubs.
The Year 11 St Mary of the Angels Secondary College student is competing in the Olympic distance triathlon at Geelong on Sunday and the under-19 event at next month’s ITU Triathlon World Cup series race at Mooloolaba.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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