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Ancilla College Hosts Fifth Annual ‘Tri Ancilla’ Sprint Triathlon

   05/28/13 The 5th annual Tri Ancilla event was held on Saturday, May 18th, under sunny skies and warm temperatures. A field of 123 participants from five different states converged upon Ancilla College and The Center at Donaldson for an exciting day of competition.

Men and women, ranging in age from 16 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.

The Tri Ancilla event is bringing in new participants each year and makes for an enjoyable morning of racing on our beautiful campus grounds.  The planning committee and multiple volunteers all worked together to put on a well-organized and enjoyable event,” said Todd Zeltwanger, Executive Director of Institutional Advancement at Ancilla College. 

“Proceeds from the event are put into our student scholarship and tuition assistance programs.  This money directly benefits students who want to earn a college degree. My thanks to all who helped to make the day go so smoothly,” Zeltwanger said.

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

He also commended the organizational efforts of Susie Black and the Ministry Center Services staff at The Center at Donaldson 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 1st thru 3rd place winners of the various age groups.

On the men’s side, the overall winner was DJ Hanback (South Bend, IN).  First place winners by age group included: Male 13 to 19 – Adam Sandberg(Valparaiso, IN); Male 20 to 24 – Wesley Higdon(Michigan City, IN) ; Male 25 to 29 – Adam Plaunt (South Bend, IN); Male 30 to 34 – Jason Messner (Niles, MI); Male 35 to 39 – Ralph Nurse(Crown Point, IN); Male 40 to 44 – Kyle Copelin (South Bend, IN); Male 45 to 49 – Doug Tolle (Bremen, IN); Male 50 to 54 – Tim Cherney (Downers Grove, IL); Male 55 to 59 – Keith Higginbottom (Elkhart, IN); Male 60 to 64 – Don Ransome (Warsaw, IN); Male 65 to 69 – John Oberwetter (Culver, IN); Male 70 and over – William Pauley(Valparaiso, IN).

On the women’s side, the overall winner was Chris Wickard(Crown Point, IN).  Winners by age group included: Female 15 to 19 – Katrina Mascarella(North Aurora, IL); Female 25 to 29 – Jennifer Hiers (Niles, MI); Female 30 to 34 – Shanna Bonnell (Star City, IN); Female 35 to 39 – Kelly Chevalier(Valparaiso, IN); Female 40 to 44 – Terri Davis(Valparaiso, IN); Female 45 to 49 – Kimberly Hurley (Schereville, IN); Female 50 to 54 – Amy Kuitse (South Bend, IN); Female 55-59  – Paula Turk(Elkhart, IN).

The event’s sponsors included: Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, Saint Joseph Regional Medical Center, First Farmers Bank & Trust, Gibson Insurance Group, IU Health Starke Hospital, Miller/NorCen Insurance, 1st Source Bank, Michiana Contracting, Overmyer Water,  Culver Marina, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Christo’s Family Dining and Banquet Center, Family Express, Gordon’s Foodservice, Stanz Foodservice, Mancino’s Grinders & Pizza, Spin Zone Cycling Outfitters, Chris Davidson Water Testing, Preventive Medicine, and Red Star Sunglasses.

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

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