Lenarz, Payne break records in Chain of Lakes Triathlon
Former Alexandria resident Jen Lenarz and Columbia Heights' Matthew Payne shattered the old Chain of Lakes Sprint Triathlon records in the overall female and male divisions at the 2009 event this past Saturday.
Lenarz, 34, a resident of Apple Valley, set the new record time in the female division at 1:04.29, beating 2007 winner Lynette Bacon's time of 1:06.07.
Lenarz won this year's female division by more than two minutes. Julia Mairs of St. Paul and Angie Mracek of Rosemount finished second and third, respectively.
Matthew Payne set the new mark in the men's division by almost three minutes. He finished in a time of 0:53.44. Nick Langner set the old record in 2004 with his time of 0:56.34.
Joe Schneiderhan was the top finisher from Alexandria in the overall men's division. Schneiderhan came in at 1:00.54. That was good for a seventh-place finish overall in the division. Mark Storhaug and Brad Lake followed him as the second and third fastest finishers from Alexandria.
It was Michelle Verant leading the Alexandria participants in the overall women's division. She finished with a time of 1:14.06. Coming in right behind her was Kelly Wencl at 1:14.23. Steph Bower rounded out the top three finishers from Alexandria with her time of 1:16.30.
Rick Theiry, Mark Astrup and Berg Gordy were the top finishing relay team from the area. They finished in a time of 1:02.18.
2009 CHAIN OF LAKES
OVERALL FEMALE CHAMPIONSHIP - 1. Jen Lenarz - 34, Apple Valley, 1:04.29 (new record); 2. Julia Mairs - 43, St. Paul, 1:06.57; 3. Angie Mracek - 38, Rosemount, 1:09.54
OVERALL MALE CHAMPIONSHIP - 1. Matthew Payne - 32, Columbia Heights, 0:53.44 (new record); 2. Micah Turman, 28, Minneapolis, 0:57.10; 3. Ross Weinzierl - 32, Minneapolis, 0:57.16
ALEXANDRIA FEMALE OVERALL RESULTS - Michelle Verant - 25, seventh place, 1:14.06; Kelly Wencl - 29, ninth place, 1:14.23; Steph Bower - 29, 12th place, 1:16.30; Heather Scholl - 37, 19th place, 1:19.48; Megan Burkhammer - 29, 33rd place, 1:23.54; Michelle Erickson - 47, 35th place, 1:24.18; Dominique Evich - 17, 46th place, 1:28.48; Daphne Karpan - 38, 48th place, 1:29.40; Joan Ries - 55, 59th place, 1:34.26; Chris Kragenbring - 40, 68th place, 1:39.25; Lauren Allen - 16, 80th place, 1:43.15; Marie Anderson - 57, 81st place, 1:43.25; Marie Rutten - 48, 92nd place, 1:55.54
ALEXANDRIA MALE OVERALL RESULTS - Joe Schneiderhan - 43, seventh place, 1:00.54; Mark Storhaug - 50, 20th place, 1:07.10; Brad Lake - 42, 32nd place, 1:11.01; Jim Bear - 45, 37th place, 1:12.02; David Hammer - 20, 49th place, 1:14.55; Phil Golde - 17, 56th place, 1:17.00; Mike Kjelland - 55, 65th place, 1:19.34; Jake Bear - 12, 69th place, 1:21.36; Tom Lynch - 60, 72nd place, 1:22.07; Samuel Rodriguez - 38, 86th place, 1:30.43; Tim Bush - 46, 90th place, 1:33.29; Brian Bymers - 47, 93rd place, 1:36.30