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Ancilla College Hosts Third Annual ‘Tri Ancilla’ Sprint Triathlon

May 26, 2011

05/27/11 A field of 105 participants from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Missouri converged upon Ancilla College and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center on May 21, 2011 for Ancilla College’s third annual Tri Ancilla sprint triathlon.

Men and women, ranging in age from 15 to 78, 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.

“I would like to say thank you to all of the participants, volunteers, and sponsors that helped to make the third annual Tri Ancilla another successful event,” said Todd Zeltwanger, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Ancilla College.  “An event like this is not possible without a number of people working together as a team to make sure all of the bases are covered.”

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

Likewise, he commended the efforts of Susie Black and the staff at the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ Ministry Center for “working very hard to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for participants and spectators alike.”

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 Mark Massengill (Kokomo, IN).  Winners by age group included: Male 15 to 19 – Kevin Mangel (Valparaiso, IN); Male 20 to 24 – Seth Bidlack (Oakwood, OH); Male 25 to 29 – Derek Wetli (Fort Wayne, IN); Male 30 to 34 – Chad Van Herk (Plymouth, IN); Male 35 to 39 – Hans Yeates (Chicago, IL); Male 40 to 44 – Tim Peters (Plymouth, IN); Male 45 to 49 – Charles Gerlach (Chicago, IL); Male 50 to 54 – Art Jacobs (Plymouth, IN); Male 55 to 59 – Roger Antoniu (Edwardsburg, MI); Male 60 to 64 – Robert Constable (Osceola, IN); Male 65 to 69 – Joe Dervin (Goshen, IN)

On the women’s side, the overall winner was Amy Kuitse (South Bend, IN).  Winners by age group included: Female 15 to 19 – Anna Zeltwanger (Bremen, IN); Female 20 to 24 – Ashley Greenlee (Plymouth, IN); Female 25 to 29 – Megan Hood (Warsaw, IN); Female 30 to 34 – Lacy Walker (Bremen, IN); Female 35 to 39 – Jamie  Beal (Griffith, IN); Female 40 to 44 – Kristen Keirn (Plymouth, IN); Female 45 to 49 – Elaine McCracken (Crown Point, IN); Female 50 to 54 – Paula Turk (Elkhart, IN); Female 60-64 –Christine Spencer (Munster, IN)

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 Mark Massengill and overall women’s winner Amy Kuitse.

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