Local youth, teacher are winners at Triathlon

Twelve Sabetha youth participate in the Seneca Youth Triathlon on Sunday morning, June 10. They are pictured with Julie Kuckelman, physical education teacher at Sabetha Elementary School, who participated in and was the overall female winner in the adult triathlon. Pictured are FRONT ROW (L-R) Jyllian Stapleton, Gavin Wedel and Ike Tramp; BACK ROW (L-R) Julie Kuckelman, Jack Frazee, Ian Deters, Xavier Deters, Tyse Frazee, Brody Deters, Roman Scoby, Audrey Tramp, Aubrey Schmelzle and Morgan Toedman.

Twelve local youth and their teacher participated in the Seneca Triathlon on Sunday morning, June 10. Participants swam, biked and ran in the competition.

Adult competitors first swam 300 meters, then biked a 10K (approximately 6.2 miles), and finally ran a 5K (approximately 3.1 miles).

Sabetha Elementary School physical education teacher Julie Kuckelman participated in the adult triathlon, finishing as the overall female winner with a total time of 56 minutes, 3.98 seconds.

Youth competitors first swam 50 meters, then biked 3/4 mile, and finally ran 1/2 mile. Individuals competitors did all three portions of the race alone, while groups competing as teams had one person to complete each portion of the race.

Three Sabetha area youth — Jyllian Stapleton, Ike Tramp and Gavin Wedel — competed in the youth triathlon as individuals.

Stapleton finished with a time of 13 minutes 25.07 seconds. She was the winner of the third- and fourth-grade girls’ division.

I. Tramp finished with a time of 12 minutes, 49.28 seconds. Wedel finished with a time of 13 minutes, 46.02 seconds.

Nine Sabetha area youth competed on three, three-person teams.

Happy Feet — composed of Audrey Tramp, Morgan Toedman and Aubrey Schmelzle — finished with a time of 10 minutes, 54.28 seconds. They were the winners of the girls’ team division.

Triple Threat — comprising Tyse Frazee, Roman Scoby and Brody Deters — finished with a time of 10 minutes, 31.72 seconds. They were the winners of the boys’ team division.

Tornadoes — composed of Jack Frazee, Xavier Deters and Ian Deters — finished with a time of 11 minutes, 35.41 seconds.

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