Bowen Griffith edged out fellow Summerville athlete Logan Palma to win the 2014 Summerville YMCA Youth Triathlon.
Griffith, 14, finished the full course at The Ponds in 28 minutes, three seconds to win the overall male championship (age 11-14) for the sixth annual Youth Triathlon.
“I was a bit surprised I won,” Griffith said. “There were two other guys who I thought were going to beat me.”
Logan Palma finished with an overall time just 10 seconds behind Griffith’s to claim runner-up honors for the older participants. Matthew Agostinelli of Goose Creek placed third with a 28:32 time.
Those in the older divisions swim 200 meters, bike five miles and run one mile during the event. This summer marks the third time Griffith, an Ashley Ridge sophomore who swims for the Swamp Foxes and Legend Oaks and runs track at AR, has participated in the Youth Triathlon. His best showing before Saturday was a fourth-place finish.
“It was hard to pass during the swim but that was my best leg,” he said. “When I went out on my bike there was one guy in front of me so I focused on catching him. I was right there with him for the first part of the run. He pulled away, but my times in the swim and bike were better than his.”
Nicholas DeFazio of Daniel Island won the male 11-12 division with a 29:03 time.
Ellie Sineath, 11, of Goose Creek finished in 32:56 to win the female overall title for the older participants and female 11-12 division title. Natalia Thomas-Sarmi of Summerville was the female overall runner-up. Lindsey Hundemer of Summerville placed third and won the female 13-14 division.
Those age 7-10 swim 100 meters, bike 2.5 miles and run a half-mile during the triathlon.
Nicholas Demarco, 10, of Daniel Island finished the shorter course in 15:33 to claim the 7-10 overall male championship. Matthew Doty, 8, of Daniel Island finished in 16:45 to claim runner-up honors and win the 7-8 male division.
Dakota Taylor, 10, of Summerville finished in 18:36 to win the female 9-10 division and the overall female (7-10) championship. Linnea Ransford of Charleston finished eight seconds behind to place second and Meredith Erling of Summerville placed third.
Leah Barnhill of Irmo finished in 19:50 to win the female 7-8 division.
Taylor, a fifth-grade Summerville Elementary School student, has participated in four of the six Summerville Y Youth Triathlons but had never won her division before Saturday.
“I’ve learned you have to pace yourself,” Taylor said. “I wanted to complete the whole thing without stopping and I did. I took the Y training course before the race and that helped. I also got a new bike this year and I was really comfortable on it and I think that is where I did the best. It was a lot of fun.”
This year 228 participated in the triathlon. Full results can be found at http://www.rmssports.com/results/14sumkidstri.txt
Age-group Top 3 Results
Female 7-8: Leah Barnhill, Nora Sineath and Lauren Polomsky.
Male 7-8: Matthew Doty, Keifer Grainger and Garrett brown.
Female 9-10: Dakota Taylor, Linnea Ransford and Meredith Erling.
Male 9-10: Nicholas Demarco, Patrick Beebe and Marshall Fleming.
Female 11-12: Ellie Sineath, Natalia Thomas-Sarmi and Jayme Lifrieri.
Male 11-12: Nicholas DeFazio, Alex Mackey and Aaron Wheat.
Female 13-14: Lindsey Hundemer, Darby Dedmond and Michelle Cuylits.
Male 13-14: Bowen Griffith, Logan Palma and Matthew Agostinelli.