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New record set in Chain of Lakes Triathlon

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Almost perfect weather greeted athletes for what turned out to be a record-setting day at the 10th annual Chain of Lakes Triathlon on May 7.

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Michelle Andres of East Gull Lake set the new standard in the female division with her time of 1:01:39. That eclipsed the women's course record by two minutes, 50 seconds. Jefferson High School graduate Jen Lenarz held the previous record of 1:04:29, setting that mark in 2009.

Lenarz, an Apple Valley resident, finished third in the women's division with a time of 1:08:56 this year. Former JHS swimmer Angie Hop finished with a personal-best time of 1:05:15 to take second.

Alexandria's Joe Schneiderhan took second in the overall men's division. Schneiderhan finished the 600-yard swim, 13-mile bike ride and 2.8-mile run in 59:19. St. Cloud's Taggart Downare won the event by more than two minutes, finishing in 57:11.

Alexandria athletes were well represented in the home triathlon. Shawn Haase and Mark Nelsen rounded out the top three local finishers behind Schneiderhan in the male division. Haase came across in 1:04:57, while the 58-year-old Nelsen finished in 1:06:17.

Sarah Johnston, Julie Gay and Jackie Olson led the way for the Alexandria area female finishers with eighth, ninth and 10th place finishes in the female division, respectively. Johnson came across in 1:11:31, while Gay finished in 1:12:35 and Olson was close behind in 1:12:47.

The first Alexandria area relay team to cross the finish line featured Kris Aaseng, Jimmy Lovrien and Zac Bartolomeo. The trio finished in 1:02:55. Kelly Wencl, Michelle Erickson and Dawn Coauette had the second fastest finish among local relay teams at 1:09:15, while Kelly Bumgarner, Vicki Johnston and Blake Johnston were third at 1:13:53.

9TH ANNUAL CHAIN OF LAKES TRIATHLON

OVERALL FEMALE TOP THREE - 1. Michelle Andres, 34, East Gull Lake, 1:01:39, course record; Angie Hop, 40, Eagan, 1:05:15; 3. Jen Lenarz, 36, Apple Valley, 1:08:56

TOP THREE MALES - 1. Taggart Downare, 41, St. Cloud, 57:11; 2. Joseph Schneiderhan, 45, Alexandria, 59:19; 3. Luke Nelson, 37, Ramsey, 59:27

ALEXANDRIA AREA FEMALE RESULTS - Sarah Johnston - eighth place, 32, 10:01 swim, 40:14 bike, 19:22 run, 1:11:31; Julie Gay - ninth place, 40, 11:31 swim, 37:16 bike, 20:49 run, 1:12:35; Jackie Olson - 10th place, 32, 8:35 swim, 40:01 bike, 21:21 run, 1:12:47; Nancy Klepetka - 15th place, 45, 8:48 swim, 39:08 bike, 24:22 run, 1:14:59; Heather Scholl - 16th place, 39, 10:20 swim, 40:20 bike, 21:03 run, 1:15:15; Heather Godfrey - 19th place, 26, 12:09 swim, 40:19 bike, 21:44 run, 1:17:01; Alison Triebenbach (Osakis) - 20th place, 32, 11:09 swim, 40:41 bike, 22:37 run, 1:17:10; Jennifer Janke - 30th place, 39, 13:44 swim, 39:10 bike, 21:07 run, 1:19:26; Nicole Kjesbo (Ashby) - 33rd place, 34, 12:59 swim, 39:56 bike, 24:31 run, 1:21:02; Nicole Butler - 35th place, 25, 9:29 swim, 44:26 bike, 26:18 run, 1:22:27; Shawn Severson - 37th place, 38, 13:35 swim, 45:13 bike, 21:17 run, 1:23:07; Andrea Hammer - 40th place, 25, 9:34 swim, 43:38 bike, 28:41 run, 1:23:59; Sarah Roers - 45th place, 34, 14:21 swim, 41:15 bike, 25:29 run, 1:25:34; Lindsay Berger - 48th place, 34, 14:20 swim, 43:53 bike, 24:32 run, 1:27:10; Katy Kiger - 49th place, 25, 13:11 swim, 47:20 bike, 24:21 run, 1:27:40; Joan Ries - 56th place, 57, 15:07 swim, 44:50 bike, 28:19 run, 1:37:01; Kimberly Tryggeseth - 58th place, 49, 13:37 swim, 48:44 bike, 30:22 run, 1:37:26; Bethany Paradee (Osakis) - 60th place, 27, 16:23 swim, 46:06 bike, 31:42 run, 1:37:59; Katie Brown - 63rd place, 19, 13:44 swim, 50:27 bike, 31:11 run, 1:40:40; Janet Skoog - 74th place, 68, 21:32 swim, 50:22 bike, 36:43 run, 1:52:49

ALEXANDRIA AREA MALE RESULTS - Joseph Schneiderhan - second place, 45, 10:19 swim, 31:29 bike, 16:13 run, 59:19; Shawn Haase - 13th place, 38, 7:17 swim, 35:43 bike, 19:35 run, 1:04:57; Mark Nelsen - 17th place, 58, 10:17 swim, 36:34 bike, 17:18 run, 1:06:17; Sam Vinje - 25th place, 19, 8:24 swim, 40:18 bike, 19:15 run, 1:08:45; Eric Swenson - 30th place, 25, 9:49 swim, 35:59 bike, 20:42 run, 1:09:42; Mike Bartolomeo - 60th place, 46, 11:32 swim, 37:14 bike, 23:43 run, 1:17:23; Andy Gunsaullus - 71st place, 36, 9:57 swim, 41:24 bike, 25:16 run, 1:19:41; Josh Waltzing (Carlos) - 74th place, 28, 11:35 swim, 41:26 bike, 23:27 run, 1:20:19; Brian Eidsvold - 82nd place, 42, 12:25 swim, 41:14 bike, 25:23 run, 1:23:06; Tim Schoonhoven - 88th place, 52, 14:33 swim, 41:19 bike, 27:48 run, 1:26:14; Tim Urness - 89th place, 33, 13:15 swim, 45:20 bike, 24:35 run, 1:26:19; Eric Maltarich - 91st place, 27, 15:15 swim, 41:53 bike, 24:50 run, 1:26:41; Jim Chan - 94th place, 44, 8:42 swim, 42:24 bike, 33:32 run, 1:28:05; Tim Bush - 103rd place, 48, 17:44 swim, 49:28 bike, 26:08 run, 1:35:26; Bob Seward - 104th place, 42, 13:09 swim, 48:24 bike, 30:44 run, 1:36:16; Roger Roers (Brandon) - 105th place, 60, 21:34 swim, 41:31 bike, 28:48 run, 1:36:15

ALEXANDRIA AREA RELAY RESULTS - 1. Kris Aaseng, Jimmy Lovrien, Zac Bartolomeo - 7:07 swim, 39:09 bike, 15:58 run, 1:02:55; 2. Kelly Wencl, Michelle Erickson, Dawn Coauette - 8:17 swim, 38:37 bike, 21:39 run, 1:09:15; 3. Kelly Bumgarner, Vicki Johnston, Blake Johnston - 10:33 swim, 41:01 bike, 21:27 run, 1:13:53; 4. Justin Godfrey, Marc Godfrey, Jon Godfrey - 12:38 swim, 46:09 bike, 22:50 run, 1:22:31; 5. Quentin Bymers, Brian Bymers, Brian Bymers - 15:17 swim, 45:46 bike, 25:32 run, 1:27:29; 6. Julie Dolman, Kim Hovland, Tess Evink - 16:11 swim, 50:35 bike, 24:27 run, 1:32:07

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