June 20, 2015Sebring, Florida
Congratulations to the nearly 300 youth triathletes, ages 6-16, that competed on Saturday, June 20th in Sebring, Florida. The USA Triathlon Florida Region Youth Championship was once again held during the Heartland Triathlon weekend. Special thanks to the City of Sebring, the wonderful & super supportive volunteers, and race directors Cherie Starr and Patrick High for keeping our youth athletes safe while they competed for their Regional Championship.
The overall Champions in the 11-15 year old division in 2015 were Matthew Wohlwend (St. Petersburg), and Reagan Quilty (St. Petersburg). In the 7-10 year division, the overall Champions were Braxton Legg (Tampa), and Katherine McClellan (Redington Beach).
Congratulations to all the 7-10 year old age group Champions that included Ava Council & Colton Blankenfield (6 year olds), Connie Curti & Timothy Beeker (7 year olds), Gianna Apicella & Turner Glenn (8 year olds), Abigail Hite & Jack Matthews (9 year olds), and Katherine McClellan & Braxton Legg (10 year olds).
Congratulations to all the 11-15 year old age group Champions that included Ella Mickler & Lawson McLeod (11 year olds), Hannah Fowler & Nicholas Raffinengo (12 year olds), Megan Buchanan & Colin Wilson (13 year olds), Paige VanMiddlesworth & Josue Reyes (14 year olds), and Reagan Quilty & Matthew Wohlwend (15 year olds).
In the team competition, we had over twelve (12) teams from all over Florida compete for the large club and small club division championship. The top three (3) large club teams were Triton Elite Youth Multisport (1st), Kennedy Law Racing Landsharks (2nd), and Team Tri Power (3rd). The top three (3) small clubs were TEAM Tri Bike Run (1st), AAA Tri Team (2nd), and Junior Hammerheads (3rd). For the 2nd straight year, the overall top team honors went to Triton Elite Youth Multisport.
What a perfect day of racing, complete with new friendships made, and terrific sportsmanship demonstrated. As your Regional Youth Development Coordinator, I couldn’t be more proud of all the youth triathletes, top notch coaches, and lots of supportive parents, and families. Thank you all for a wonderful weekend, and on behalf of all of your USA Triathlon Region Council members, we look forward to seeing everyone in 2016!
Jim Sheets, Region Youth Development Coordinator