Photos by Brian Fancher
Three The Hard Way
Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series’ third race sees 14-year-olds make strides in both Men’s and Women’s overall categories
By Charlie Morrison
Sunday James Island County Park hosted the third leg of the five-race, 22nd annual Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series held at each summer at the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission’s James Island County Park. And while a typically strong race field was the overall story of the race, one underlying theme was the youth movement seen in both the male and female divisions.
Charleston 30-year-old Ian Blake set the pace for the overall race, ranking third in the swim, with a time of 8:55; second in the biking portion of the race with a time of 29:06; and first in the 5K run leg of the race with and amazing 17:42, for an overall race time of 57:05. “He ran away from the field, and these are all great athletes,” says race director Paul King of Blake’s performance.
Finishing second and third with times of 58:44 and 59:57 were Greenwood’s Derek Kidd and Mt. Pleasant native Dawson Cherry, respectively. But it was 14-year-old Academic Magnet student Hayden Dibona who stole the show with an overall fourth-place time of 1:00:11. Mt. Pleasant produced the top two female finishers with Jamie Van de Camp, who took home the overall win with a time of 1:03:50 and fellow resident Kinsey Brand finishing second with a time of 1:06:23.
Dibona wasn’t the only 14-year-old who stood out, however, as the female side of the competition witnessed a youth movement of its own. Twin sisters Alexxa and Ashley Golbus of Irmo took home a share of third place overall on the female side of things with matching times of 1:08:03.
For his part, the third leg of this year’s CSTS turned out great. “It was great. We have five races during summer beginning in May, and that’s one of the nice things about having a repeat event like that, by the time you make it to race three in the series we have things running pretty smoothly,” says King.