Coyner wins age in Lake Placid Tri

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2000

Former Juneau resident Kevin Coyner won his age group during the Lake Placid (N.Y.) Ironman Triathlon on Sunday.

Coyner, a 1976 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate who now lives in Greenwich, Conn., took 44th overall and first among the 225 finishers in the men's age 40-44 division with his time of 9 hours, 56 minutes, 3 seconds.

The Ironman Triathlon distance features a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run. Coyner's splits, which don't include transitions, were 1:02:41 for the swim leg, 5:28:43 for the bike and 3:17:48 for the run.

The Lake Placid race was won by Cameron Widoff of Boulder, Colo., who posted a time of 8:46:05 to beat Jamey Yon of Charlotte, N.C., by more than 10 minutes. Yon finished in 8:56:34. The top-finishing woman was Melissa Spooner of Victoria, British Columbia, in 9:45:57 for 27th place overall. Juliana Nievergelt of Medfield, Mass., took 43rd overall and was the second female finisher in 9:55:56, finishing just seven seconds ahead of Coyner.

Coyner and eight Alaskans were among the more than 1,700 athletes entered in the race, which is a qualifying race for the Ironman Hawaii-Triathlon World Championships in October. Coyner clocked 9:28:34 in last year's Ironman Hawaii race.

Three of the Alaskans were from Southeast - Tracy Rivera of Juneau, Gary Smith of Sitka and Layne Brant of Juneau. The other Alaskans were John Craft II and Lori Craft of Anchorage, William Michael Derrick of Eagle River and the Fairbanks duo of Bruce Miller and Kathy Betters.

Rivera finished 156th overall in 10:39:39, which placed him 40th out of 298 finishers in the men's age 30-34 division. Rivera had splits of 1:10:07 for the swim, 5:37:51 for the bike and 3:43:27 for the run.

Smith placed 177th overall with a time of 10:44:22 - 30th out of 165 finishers in the men's 25-29 division. Smith had splits of 59:25 for the swim, 5:33:43 for the bike and 3:50:49 in the run.

Brant was 211th overall with a 10:53:28 clocking, good for 35th out of 298 finishers in the men's 30-34 division. Brant's splits were 1:12:22 for the swim, 5:41:14 for the bike and 3:50:33 for the run.

Of the other Alaskans, John Craft had the best finish, taking 115th place overall in 10:26:11 to rank 20th in the men's 25-29 division. Miller took 328th overall in 11:20:43 and Derrick was 549th in 11:59:34. Betters placed 585th and was the top Alaskan woman with a time of 12:07:45, while Lori Craft was the 1,418th finisher in 16:30:35.

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