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Folske, Strickland capture triathlon

Field nearly doubles for 18-miler

The field nearly doubled compared to last year for the Sun Valley Sprint Triathlon staged Saturday and Sunday, July 7-8 in Sun Valley.

Sunday’s top three men’s overall finishers in the Sprint Triathlon, from left, were third-place Bill Nurge (1.12:32), winner Keith Folske of Boise (1.12:01) and runner-up Grant Folske of Boise (1.12:23). Express photo by Willy Cook

Organizer Bill Cantrell said the community really came forward to pay their respects to Dick Pomeroy by participating in the 16th annual 18-miler.

Pomeroy, longtime swim coach at the Sun Valley Athletic Club, primary sponsor of the triathlon, died last Monday after a short illness.

Cantrell said, "Part of the reason we brought the race back was to hold a benefit for Dick, and then he died last Monday. Everyone in the community really came forward. Hopefully we’ll continue holding the race."

The winning women’s team in the 18-mile event consisted of, from left, Sheila Liermann, Jen Pape and Robin Potts. Express photo by Willy Cook

Boise-based brothers Keith Folske (1.12:01) and Grant Folske (1.12:23) led the 40 male individuals, just ahead of Ketchum’s Bill Nurge (1.12:32).

Angela Strickland of Ketchum (1.24:05) set the pace for the 31 female individuals.

Clocking the best team time for the second straight year were swimmer Dave McBryant, bicyclist Richard Feldman and runner Kitty Marcroft (1.10:28). There were 14 teams in all.

The 0.5-mile swimming portion of the two-day triathlon was held Saturday evening. On Sunday, the 13.2-mile bicycle ride and 4.3-mile run were staged at Trail Creek Cabin.

Two of the more experienced triathloners lean on each other at the finish. From left, men’s 70-plus class winner Charley French and men’s 50-59 winner Tom Montgomery. Express photo by Willy Cook

There were 114 athletes including 72 individuals and 42 others on the 14 teams. That was an increase over last year, when there were 67 athletes including 37 individuals.

Time improvements over last year were shown by individual finishers Pete McDonald 6:07, Michael Felton 5:54, Nate Thomas 4:25 and Eva Hague 4:18.

Splits will be available this week at Sun Valley Athletic Club.


Individual men

  • Top overall: 1—Keith Folske of Boise 1.12:01. 2—Grant Folske 1.12:23. 3—Bill Nurge 1.12:32.

  • 70-plus: 1—Charley French 1.47:20.

  • 60-69: 1—Nate Thomas 1.36:49. 2—Mike Merz 1.40:31. 3—Frank Mendelblatt 2.28:40.

  • 50-59: 1—Tom Montgomery 1.21:56. 2—Terry Crawford 1.29:49. 3—Whitt Lee 1.52:50. 4—Bill Gundy 1.55:53. 5—Kip Ingham 2.03:42.

  • 40-49: 1—Marty Smith 1.30:03. 2—R.J. Nelson 1.33:54. 3—Bill Leahy 1.34:18. 4—Dan Talley 1.38:42. 5—Mark Weinstock 1.41:33. 6—Dean Richardson 1.43:55. 7—Jim Wood 1.58:26. 8—Tony Mattos 2.01:55.

  • 30-39: 1—Eric Jordan 1.12:50. 2—Alan Newton 1.15:37. 3—Scott Cunningham 1.16:05. 4—Scott Scholes 1.16:32. 5—Daniel Line 1.24:00. 6—John Roberts 1.28:11. 7—Pete McDonald 1.33:51. 8—Michael Felton 1.37:02. 9—Derrick O’Neill 1.37:17. 10—Ben Kennedy 1.37:29. 11—Ron Elkin 1.44:23. 12—Derek Foster 1.50:01.

  • 20-29: 1—Patrick Casey 1.20:01. 2—Rob Gaylord 1.20:43. 3—Ryan Still 1.23:24. 4—Donald Bland 1.35:30. 5—Brett Munkel 1.38:52. 6—Dave Gundy 1.48:24.

  • 19-and-under: 1—Brian Nelson 1.36:27. 2—Andrew Mannex 1.40:33. 3—11-year-old Jeff Wood 2.19:12.


Individual women

  • Top overall: 1—Angela Strickland of Ketchum 1.24:05. 2—Lisa Chang 1.28:10. 3—Julie Caldwell 1.28:56.

  • 60-69: 1—Kathy Young 2.09:21.

  • 50-59: 1—Leslie Howa 1.40:08. 2—Marsha Ingham 2.37:11.

  • 40-49: 1—Heidi Smith 1.31:41. 2—Sue Gundy 1.46:34. 3—Eileen Ambrose 2.02:54. 4—Kim Thompson 2.05:44. 5—Gail Mannex 2.08:27.

  • 30-39: 1—Eva Hague 1.34:50. 2—Lori Tindall 1.36:24. 3—Margaret Sims 1.38:10. 4—Nicole Brown 1.38:15. 5—Patty O’Neill 1.40:34. 6—Kelly Wathne 1.42:09. 7—Adrienne Davies 1.42:26. 8—Nancy Blair 1.45:04. 9—Heidi Skupien 1.45:24. 10—Anita Kuzmarskis 1.48:36.

  • 20-29: 1—Maureen Kiely 1.29:54. 2—Krista Wickens 1.34:28. 3—Cassie O’Brien 1.35:22. 4—Heather Ramsdell 1.37:42. 5—Allison Gorby 1.47:37. 6—Jessica Gundy 1.51:16. 7—Diana Crumrine 1.52:26. 8—Joanna Bieri 1.52:27. 9—Lucy Olmos 1.57:10. 10—Karen Stevens 2.03:42.


Team results

  • Men: 1—Art Wahl, Roger O’Connell and Matt Murray 1.36:49.

  • Women: 1—Robin Potts, Sheila Liermann and Jen Pape 1.33:10.

  • Mixed: 1—Dave McBryant, Richard Feldman and Kitty Marcroft 1.10:28. 2—Hilary Patzer, Chris Cook and Angenie McCleary 1.17:18. 3—Karen Morrison, Nappy Neaman and David Brown 1.22:30.

  • 4—Debbie Erickson, Greg Stock and Lee Ritzau 1.24:50. 5—Martha Hollenhorst, Karlyle Christensen and Roger Mankus 1.26:05. 6—Dave Scott, Colleen Coyne and Jamie Harding 1.29:36.

  • Family: 1—Nancy Harrison, Dave Harrison Jr. and Dave Harrison Sr. 1.18:00. 2—Calley Brown, Doug Brown and Zac Brown 1.24:06. 3—Natalie Hague, Jim Hague and Davis Hague 1.45:26. 4—Kathy Guinn, Bob Wright and Kim Neill 1.50:52.

  • Men 19-and-under: 1—Chad Cleveland, Geoff Atkinson and Matt Stevenson 1.16:36.

  • Women 19-and-under: 1—Tami Parten, Jessica Prior and Kipp Mills 1.34:00.

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