Monsters love Orca tri

The Vernon Tri Monsters finished last Sunday’s Summerland Orca Kids of Steel & Sprint Triathlon with a smile

Jaime Keith (left) exits the water portion of the Orca Kids of Steel Triathlon.

Jaime Keith (left) exits the water portion of the Orca Kids of Steel Triathlon.

Despite cold water temps and some wind, all the Vernon Tri Monsters finished last Sunday’s Summerland Orca Kids of Steel & Sprint Triathlon with a smile.

Paige Leahy was a true weekend warrior as she  picked herself up after a bike crash at the dismount line to strike gold in Girls 8-9 division.

Gold also went to Tri Monster coach Alesha Miller, who won the women’s sprint race in 1:08.22 (13th overall). Miller races in the F20-29 age group, alongside her sister and co-Tri Monsters coach Christa Miller, who won silver in the F20-29 in 1:12:39 (25th overall).

The sprint distance race is for athletes over the age of 16 and consists of a 750-m swim/20-k bike/5-k run.

More Vernon/Coldstream athletes on the podium included: Craig Goplen, 1st M50-59 (1:06:50, 9th overall); Tri Monsters head coach Laura Medcalf, 2nd in F30-39 (1:13:03, 27th overall); Russ Miller, 3rd M60-69 (1:24:05, 54th); and Teri Bracken 3rd F40-49 (1:27:12, 61st).

Other sprint distance athletes from the North Okanagan included: Tri Monster athlete Adam Bugera, fourth in M16-18 setting a personal record (1:09:25, 16th overall); Mike Everett fourth in M60-69 (1:24:18, 55th); and Stuart Lambert ninth M50-59 (1:28:01, 66th).

“It’s such an amazing sport that allows anyone and everyone to participate together, for fun, fitness and a bit of competition too,” said Medcalf. “It’s very cool to see entire families enjoy the day and race together.”

Medcalf raced with her husband, Shayne Wright, also a Tri Monster coach, and their sons. Shayne was 11th M40-49 (1:15:50, 32nd). Brody Wright was 12th M12-13 and Max Wright was 20th M10-11).

The McWhinneys and the Jacksons from Coldstream entered as entire families as well.

Craig Jackson was fourth M50-59 (1:16:21, 33rd overall); Mike McWhinney was 19th M40-49 (1:26:29, 60th); Christina Jackson placed sixth F40-49 (1:29:59, 72nd); Corinne McWhinney was 8th F40-49 (1:43:47, 87th overall); Andrew McWhinney took fifth M14-15; Anna Jackson was 16th F10-11; and Aidan McWhinney finished 24th M10-11.

In Tri Monster Kids of Steel action, Kinsey Casper placed sixth in F14-15 completing a 500-m swim/10-k bike/4-k run.

In the 12-13 category, Ethan Casper (8th boy), Karli Bracken (9th girl), Aidan Eglin (14th boy), and Jack Screen (20th boy), completed a 300-m swim/10-k bike/3-k run.

The 10-11-year old team raced a 200-m swim/5-k bike/2-k run and included: Mitchell Bond (4th boy), Zach Loland (14th boy), Conrad Screen (21st boy), Jacob Forsen (23rd body), Dylan Morris (25th boy), Olivia Collins (25th girl) and Melody Fagerlund (26th girl).

The Tri Monsters were represented in the 8-9 division by: Dawson Bond (13th boy), Amelia Zalcik (15th girl), and Jaime Keith (17th girl), who all finished a 100-m swim/5-k bike/1-k run.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Black Press file photo)
Lumby curling club needs $17K to continue season amid COVID-19

The village agreed to provide half of the requested funds, RDNO may provide the other half

Les Louis collaborated with Clint George to create the Pelmewash Parkway Indigenous sculptures in Lake Country. (Video still)
First Indigenous territory recognition made in Lake Country

Council makes historic move after Syilx artists create parkway sculptures

Thirty-four unionized workers represented by MoveUp started rotating job action at VantageOne Credit Union's two Vernon locations Monday, Dec. 14, 2020. Workers are calling for basic job protection and fair security. (Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star)
VantageOne staff urged to take tentative deal in Vernon

It’s been more than one month since union workers went on strike

A part-time staff member at Vernon’s Chartwell Carrington Place Retirement Residence has tested positive for COVID-19, the seniors home’s general manager said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (Chartwell photo)
COVID-19 case confirmed at Vernon seniors home

An employee at Carrington Place has tested positive; Interior Health is not declaring an outbreak

Vernon's Noric House long-term care facility is dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon COVID-19 care home deaths now up to 13

Another member of Noric House has passed

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

Police are searching for an alleged sex offender, Nicole Edwards, who they say has not returned to her Vancouver halfway house. (Police handout)
Police hunt for woman charged in ‘horrific’ assault who failed to return to Surrey halfway house

Call 911 immediately if you see alleged sex offender Nicole Edwards, police say

A screenshot from a local Instagram account video. The account appeared to be frequented by Mission students, and showed violent videos of students assaulting and bullying other students.
Parents, former students describe ‘culture of bullying’ in Mission school district

Nearly two dozen voices come forward speaking of abuse haunting the hallways in Mission, B.C.

Vaccine rollout is focused on health care workers first, especially those dealing with long-term care facilities. (Nathan Denette - Canadian Press)
General public shouldn’t expect vaccines until fall: Interior Health South Okanagan Similkameen

Interior Health focused on vaccinating long-term and first-line care workers

Joe Biden, then the U.S. vice-president, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take their seats at the start of the First Ministers and National Indigenous Leaders meeting in Ottawa, Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Trudeau, Biden to talk today as death of Keystone XL reverberates in Canada

President Joe Biden opposed the Keystone XL expansion as vice-president under Barack Obama

Prince Edward Island’s provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A lozenge plant in Prince Edward Island has laid off 30 workers, citing an “almost non-existent” cold and cough season amid COVID-19 restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Almost non-existent’ cold and cough season: P.E.I. lozenge plant lays off 30 workers

The apparent drop in winter colds across the country seems to have weakened demand for medicine and natural remedies

Authorities have confirmed a case of COVID-19 within a school in Kelowna. Someone within the Rutland Elementary School community has tested positive. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express/FILE)
Authorities confirm COVID-19 exposure in Central Okanagan school

Interior Health (IH) states they will be following up with anyone potentially exposed

Homeless man lying on the bench. (File photo)
Temporary emergency shelter opens in Central Okanagan

The shelter, located at the former location of Tree Brewing, will offer 38 beds

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran said the city won’t look at changing its policy regarding automatic cost of living pay bumps for himself and city councillors, despite the COVID-19 pandemic. (File)
Kelowna won’t look at nixing automatic pay raises for council, mayor

Mayor Colin Basran said the raise is minuscule, won’t look at changing policy amid residents’ COVID struggles

Most Read