The Heartland Kids Triathlon continues to set new records each year, and it was no exception on Saturday as more than 240 entered the event and 238 finished. Those numbers shattered the previous record of 200 competitors, which was set last year.
The Juniors, ages 6 to 10, started the morning off, and one of the closest races of the day involved a pair of local triathletes, as Lake Placid’s Mika Lonsdale won the 6-year-old male division with a time of 26:21, while Sebring’s Cale Delaney was second in 26:23. Sebring’s Brooker Revell placed fourth.
Ryann McLeod won the female 7-year-old division in 24:22, while Jack Diemar won the male side in a time of 22:31.
Katherine McClellan won the 8-year-old female division in 21:15, with Sebring’s Kinsley White placing second in 21:57 in a battle of past age-group champions. McClellan won the 7-year-old title last year, while White won the 6-year-old age group in 2011.
Trinity’s Colin Kruger won the 8-year-old male class in 18:43, with Sebring’s Bud Cox finishing a solid fourth.
Ella Mickler, of Jacksonville, won the 9-year-old female age group in 22:04, with Largo’s William Stone edging Lawson McLeod, of Lutz, for the male title. Both recorded times of 18:07.
Jupiter’s Mackenzie Gale won the female 10-year-old age group — and the overall female Junior title — finishing with a time of 18:47.
Nicolas Raffinengo, of Boyton Beach, edged Palm Beach Gardens’ Mason Mook to win the male 10-year-old age group, as well as the overall male Juniors crown.
Raffinengo finished in 17:05, with Mook crossing the line in 17:05.
There were 130 Junior finishers.
In a battle of future Olympic hopefuls, Hayley Diemar, of Jupiter, won the 11-year-old female age group in 30:40, with Emma Cavendish — last year’s Junior winner — placing second. Tampa’s Reed Legg won the boys side in 31:01.
Groveland’s Lachlan Hovius had one of the widest winning margins, placing first in the 12-year-old male division in 28:20, more than two minutes in front of his closest competitor, which placed him second overall among male competitors. Sebring’s Chase Doty was fifth in the class.
Katelin Gildersleeve won the 12-year-old female title in 31:03.
St. Petersburg’s Reagan Quilty won the 13-year-old female class and the overall Senior girls title by winning with a time of 29:13. Coconut Creek’s Katie Pinnell placed second in both the age group and overall.
Orlando’s Luis Ortiz won the 13-year-old male age group in 29:16.
Bradenton’s Emma Stock won the 14-year-old female title in 31:57, with Tampa’s Ricardo Reyes capturing the 14-year-old male age group and the overall male Senior title with a time of 27:28.
Lake Placid’s Lukas High turned in a strong performance, capturing the 15-year-old boys age group with a time of 28:29, which was third overall among males. Summer Kanstoroom, of St. Petersburg, won the female side with a time of 30:21.