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Ancilla College Hosts Second Annual ‘Tri Ancilla’ Sprint Triathlon

September 15, 2010

Ancilla College’s second annual Tri Ancilla sprint triathlon was deemed a tremendous success as 110 participants from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Nevada, Arkansas and New York converged upon Ancilla College and the PHJC Ministry Center on September 5, 2010.

Men and women, ranging in age from 13 to 85, participated in a 500 yard swim, 11 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run that toured the Donaldson-based campus and surrounding areas.

“We were thrilled with the turnout for the second annual Tri Ancilla sprint triathlon, as we had a 32 percent increase in the number of participants over last year’s inaugural event,” said Todd Zeltwanger, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Ancilla College.  “I would like to thank our 14 sponsors, nearly 50 volunteers, and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center staff for their time and financial support to help make Tri Ancilla such an enjoyable experience for the participants.”

Zeltwanger made special mention of the efforts of Plymouth residents Brad Serf and Don Allen, who Zeltwanger referred to as “key components of the planning committee.” 

Prizes were awarded to the top male and female finishers, as well as the winners of various age groups.

On the men’s side, the overall winner was Tom Mangel (Valparaiso, IN).  Winners by age group included: Male 13 to 19 – Kyle Coia (Lake Villa, IL); Male 20 to 24 – Alex Eads (Plymouth, IN); Male 25 to 29 – Elliott Whitmer (South Bend, IN); Male 30 to 34 – Derek Opperman (Granger, IN); Male 35 to 39 – Ryan Taylor (Saint Joseph, MI); Male 40 to 44 – Jeffery Bingham (Peru, IN); Male 45 to 49 – Jeff Suttor (New Carlisle, IN); Male 50 to 54 – Kip Miller (Bridgman, MI); Male 55 to 59 – David Weber (Valparaiso, IN); Male 60 to 64 – Don Ransome (Warsaw, IN); Male 65 to 69 – Rick Huff (Plymouth, IN); Male 70 to 79 – William Pauley (Valparaiso, IN); Male 80 and Over – Robert McKeague (Villa Park, IL).

On the women’s side, the overall winner was Kim Larsen (Fort Wayne, IN).  Winners by age group included: Female 13 to 19 – Taylor Smith (Auburn, IN); Female 25 to 29 – Jenna Davis (Saint Joseph, MI); Female 30 to 34 – Jessica Tate (Columbia City, IN); Female 35 to 39 – Krysta Magee (Plymouth, IN); Female 40 to 44 – Beth Rutherford (Plymouth, IN); Female 45 to 49 – Nancy Scannell (Valparaiso, IN); Female 50 to 54 – Marilyn Lukac (North Judson, IN); Female 55 to 59 – Carol Magill (Chesterton, IN).

Ancilla College professor John Gough also participated and finished third in the Male 60 to 64 age group.

All proceeds from the event are donated to scholarship and tuition assistance programs for Ancilla College students.

Ancilla College is a Catholic, two-year, co-educational, liberal arts college in Donaldson, Indiana sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ.

Photos: Overall men’s winner Tom Mangel and overall women’s winner Kim Larsen

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