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Local athletes enjoy success at annual triathlon

Competitors from outside of the county snapped up many of the first-place spots in Saturday’s Hagg Lake Triathlon, but western Washington County residents were well represented near the top of the standings.

In the Olympic distance triathlon (1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10K run), Devin Vanscoy was the overall winner in the field of 161. The 29-year-old Springfield resident was timed in 2 hours, 6 minutes, 53 seconds, to beat Forest Grove’s Dan Litwora by 1:31. Annie Warner, 34 and of Nine Mile Falls, Wash., was the overall women’s winner in 2:16:08. Forest Grove’s Elisa Litwora, 33, was the top western Washington County female finisher in 2:32:32.

Chong Xu, 21, was the fastest Hillsboro resident in 2:43:03. She took 16th overall among women and second in the women’s 20-24 division.

Just 16, Portland’s Garen Marter topped a field of 201 finishers in the sprint triathlon, which consisted of a half-mile swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run. Marter covered the course in 1:07:21, besting Eugene’s Andy Libert, 47, by 1:03. Marcos Ramirez, 20 and of Forest Grove, was fourth overall in 1:10:40, and Hillsboro’s David Smith, 44, was fifth in 1:11:18. Smith took third among masters (age 40 and older) participants.

Kenmore, Wash., resident Stacia McInnes, 46, was both the overall women’s winner and the first female masters finisher in 1:16:27. Portland’s Kim Grasberger, 50, took second in 1:17:44, while North Plains’ Mara Nelson, 40, was fifth of 77 female finishers and tops among western Washington County women in 1:24:12.

In the Olympic duathalon, which consisted of a 5K run, 40K bike ride and another 5K run, Portland’s Jeff Hoppert, 40, won in 1:47:01. Laura Wiley, 41 and also of Portland, topped the women’s field in 2:07:36.



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