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Quintathlon athletes tackle the conditions
by Derek Clarkston
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A kayaker completes the 1.5-mile course in the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon Saturday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. (Derek Clarkston photo)
A kayaker completes the 1.5-mile course in the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon Saturday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Luke James emerges out of Lake Gertrude after swimming 500-yards in the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon on a rainy Saturday morning in Kodiak.
Luke James emerges out of Lake Gertrude after swimming 500-yards in the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon on a rainy Saturday morning in Kodiak.
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Zoe Bigley rides a bike into Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park during the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon Saturday. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Zoe Bigley rides a bike into Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park during the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon Saturday. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Chloe Starr Hollow competes in the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon Saturday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Chloe Starr Hollow competes in the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon Saturday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Bailey Bass competes in the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon Saturday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. (Derek Clarkston photo)
Bailey Bass competes in the Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon Saturday at Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park. (Derek Clarkston photo)
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Cody Foster spent Friday on the water in preparation for his 1.5-mile kayak leg in Saturday’s Bearfoot in the Park Quintathlon.

The practice paid off.

Foster rocked the water with a course-best 13-minute, 42-second time to lead his team to the Quintathlon title.

He credited his splendid time to his pace-setter and friend, Michael Johnson.

“We just gunned the whole thing,” Foster said. “Michael and I were out Friday for two and a half hours practicing paddle technique and strokes for optimum thrust.”

The rainy and foggy conditions didn’t slow down Foster at all on a course that was changed because of safety concerns. Racers did two laps around buoys placed just off the beach instead of heading out into the thick fog. Race organizer Marcus Dunbar said it was the first time in the 18-year history of the event that the course was changed.

“Going out to the second buoy, you could catch a couple waves if you timed it right,” Foster said.

Foster joined forces with Levi Fried, Richie McKinney and Blake James to claim the team title with a time of 1:21:10.

Fried, a rising Kodiak High School senior, also was on last year’s winning team when he did three of the five events.

He only tackled two events this time — the 2.5-mile run and the 9.5-mile bike ride from Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park to the Veterans of Foreign War entrance and back to the park.

“I figured I needed to get a better shooter,” Fried said.

Last year, Fried misfired on all 10 of his shots — five prone and five standing. He recruited McKinney to shoot this year, and he came through with five targets hit and the top biathlon time of 11:09.

Fried was on target in his two events.

He posted the top bike time in 33:42 and the fourth-fastest run with a mark of 16:03.

He said he expended a lot of energy riding the bike, which made the run a challenge.

“The hills during the run were a little tricky because of my quads,” he said.

Fried’s team was second after the first event as James was edged out by Baxter Anderson in the 500-yard Lake Gertrude swim. Anderson finished in 6:25, while James came to shore nine seconds later.

Fried grabbed his team the lead for good on the bike ride as the foursome finished 14 minutes ahead of the second-place squad.

“Everybody just put it together and put the hammer down,” Fried said.

The toughest event of the day might have been the open-water swim in a pelting rain.

Chloe Starr Hollow, a rising KHS sophomore, got a taste of it for the first time and finished in 15:06.

“It was not as bad as I thought it would be,” she said. “I thought I would be swallowing buckets of water and freaking out, but the rain wasn’t a huge element.”

Jack Hannah recorded the fastest run time of 15:17.

Matt Blair was the only soloist and finished in 2:50.26.

Contact Derek Clarkston at sports@kodiakdailymirror.com.

Swim (500-yards)

1. Baxter Anderson, 6 minutes, 25 seconds; 2. Blake James, 6:34; 3. Luke James, 7:30; 4. Hannah Glover, 9:43; 5. Chloe Starr Hollow, 15:06; 6. Nastasha Meunier, 16:17; 7. Matt Bair, 25:13.

Bike (9.5 miles)

1. Levi Fried, 33:42; 2. Luke Smith, 39:50; 3. Gabe Nummer, 45:14; 4. Zoe Bigley, 46:55; 5. Andrew Patterson, 51:06; 6. Arielle Himelbloom, 54:26; 7. Stig Ure, 1:02:19; 8. Matt Bair, 1:08:10.

Biathlon (run and shoot)

1. Richie McKinney, 11:09; 2. Sean Malloy, 12:14; 3. Chloe Nelson, 12:44; 4. Cory Thompson, 13:18; 5. Hannah Glover, 15:52; 6. Stig Ure, 16:58; 7. Halaia Barnett, 17:20; 8. Matt Bair, 22:07.

Kayak (1.5 miles)

1. Cody Foster, 13:42; 2. Lewis Watkins,14:01; 3. Michael Parnell, 14:12; 4. O’Brian Hollow, 14:28; 5. Stephan Parnell, 14:43; 6. John Wiskowski, 15:44; 7. Anthony Maghupoy, 22:46; 8. Matt Bair, 27:01.

Run (2.5 miles)

1. Jack Hannah, 15:17; 2. Anthony Rubina, 15:21; 3. Keith Osowski, 15:31; 4. Levi Fried, 16:03; 5. Karsten Schick, 17:30; 6. Jake Alwert, 17:39;. 7. Greg Ibabao, 17:39; 8. Zoe Bigley, 18:17; 9. Melissa De Guzman, 19:10; 10. Brenden Thompson, 19:20; 11. RJ Roy, 19:36; 12. Luke Smith, 19:58; 13. Sam De Guzman, 20:05; 14. Jeremy Basuel, 20:13; 14. Malory Arnold, 20:21; 15. HoneyRose Macatuno, 21:25; 16. Julius Villasenor, 21:42; 17. Bailey Bass, 21:45; 18. Monica Stauffer, 22:33; 19. Rosemary Eufemio, 23:52; 20. Jason Ramos, 24:08; 21. Matt Bair, 27:55; 22. Seth Rachenbach, 28:29.

Teams

1. Dirty Squrrrels, 1:21:10; 2. Dirty Mike & the Boys, 1:35:33; 3. Team G-Love, 1:41:07; 4. Sunny Delight, 1:42:14; 5. Brown Mongoose, 1:44:50; 6. Grizzlies, 2:06:07; 7. King Among Peasants, 2:10:09.

Solo

1. Matt Bair 2:50:26

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