NEGAUNEE - Jeff Juntti was the fastest man and Alea Juntti the fastest woman at the sixth annual YMCA Teal Lake Triathlon held in and around Negaunee on Saturday morning.
Jeff Juntti, 44, clocked 1 hour, 2 minutes and 17.75 seconds on a course that included a quarter-mile swim, 20-kilometer bike ride, and a 5K run. He beat out runner-up Derek Anderson by about 2 1/2 minutes.
Alea Juntti, 19, who was fourth among all racers, finished in 1:16:04.65, which was just over three minutes ahead of female runner-up Nina Van Den Ende.
Pamela Johnson nears the Teal Lake shore at the end of the swimming portion of the YMCA Teal Lake Triathlon held in and around Negaunee on Saturday morning. Johnson was the fastest overall swimmer, man or woman, with a time of 8 minutes, 45.65 seconds, and was second in the women’s 20-29 year-old division of the triathlon. (Journal photo by Zach Jay)
Jeff Juntti's individual event times were 10:09.75 in the swim, 30:43.45 in the cycling and 20:15.25 in the run, with his cycling and run fastest of all 65 finishers.
Alea Juntti's were 11:22.10 in the swim, 39:51.20 in the cycling and 23:27.30 in the run, with her cycling time the fastest among the 38 women who finished.
Interestingly, even though 12 of the 13 best overall triathlon times were turned in by men, three of the four fastest swimming times came from women - Pamela Johnson, 20, was the best in 8:45.65, Jennifer Baldwin, 45, was next and Aubrey Kraemer, 33, was fourth.
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In the three-person relay, the team headed by Kinsey Vear won the women's division title in 58:19.30, nearly 25 minutes ahead of the runners-up led by Marilyn Hart. For the men, Wes Vear's team clocked 57:42.50, about 1:45 ahead the runners-up headed by Sam Williams. There were 17 teams that finished.
While the adult individual race had finishers who went from ages 14 to 64, there were 31 youths who finished the Kids' Triathlon ranging in age from 7 to 13.
Topping that field for the boys was Finnian Whalen, 11, and for the girls Samantha Olson, 12.
On the 300-foot swim, two-mile bike and half-mile run course, Whalen finished in 14:47.05, just over 30 seconds ahead of boys runner-up Tucker Tapani. Whalen also had the fastest run time of all finishers in 4:18.80.
Olson came in at 16:14.25, not quite 30 seconds ahead of girls runner-up Erin Vanderschaaf. Olson's 4:41.00 run was fastest among all girls.
Here are the age group winners, with the overall winner in each gender not counting. Second and third places are also listed if those finishers were within 30 seconds of the top spot. Also listed are the top half of the field in the team event:
Female - 19 years and under: Logan Vear, 14, 1:39:40.75; Caroline Reynolds, 16, 1:39:40.85. 20-29: Sheena Carlson, 21, 1:27:11.30; Pamela Johnson, 20, 1:27:17.85. 30-39: Sarah Stevens, 33, 1:20:05.50. 40-49: Nina Van Den Ende, 41, 1:19:11.15; Jennifer Baldwin, 45, 1:19.36.00. 50-59: Suzanne Williams, 50, 1:36:01.40.
Male - 19-under: Mike McFadden, 19, 1:19:02.15. 20-29: Josh Ramey, 26, 1:18:25.65. 30-39: Mark Janofski, 38, 1:17:31.95; John LaFave, 35, 1:17:43.70; Chad Larsen, 39, 1:17:59.75. 40-49: Derek Anderson, 40, 1:04:47.50. 50-59: Scott Lindenberg, 50, 1:17:51.50. 60-69: Michael Fornetti, 64, 1:23:10.40.
Team - Female: 1. Kinsey Vear, 58:19.30; 2. Marilyn Hart, 1:22:31.10; 3. Leisl Flannery, 1:24:15.15; 4. Emily Brennan, 1:25:38.50; 5. Becky Gauthier, 1:31:00.65; 6. Karalyn Anderton, 1:37:55.30. Male: 1. Wes Vear, 57:42.50; 2. Sam Williams, 59:29.95; 3. Mike Robare, 1:12:32.75.
Girls - 7-8: Gwendolyn Rickauer, 7, 21:12.75. 9-10: Erin Vanderschaaf, 16:51.40. 11-13: Rachel Schouten, 18:20.95; Gretchen Haggenmiller, 18:22.05; Jayme Winn, 18:24.80.
Boys - 7-8: Carson Vanderschaaf, 8, 15:34.90; Colin Vanderschaaf, 8, 15:56.70. 9-10: Tucker Tapani, 10, 15:08.70. 11-13: Tom LaFave, 15:27.20; Jacob Rose, 11, 15:47.50.