Blackhawks Dominate Triathlon Relay Division

Lena Kauffman, Staff Writer

Teachers and students participated in the Moraga Treeline Triathlon held at Campolindo on April 28.

Science teachers Jane Kelson and Roxanna Jackman found the swim challenging. “Although we both regularly run and ride bikes, neither of us are swimmers. The last time either of us was in a pool was when we did the event last year. We survived the swim and then very much enjoyed the riding and running,” said Kelson.

“I don’t usually prepare for the Moraga Triathalon, but I just do it because it’s so conveniently located for a very fun event, since I love to bike ride and have recently started running,” said Jackman.

“The Blackhawks,” a triathlon team comprised of seniors Daniel Johnson, Ellis Anderson and Vinson Compestine, grabbed first place in the relay event, according to “There were three hundred people participating in the race so it was really cool to go out and do really well,” said Anderson.

Anderson earned the best time in the bike portion of the race, and Compestine topped all runners according to  Johnson was 15th overall for swimming.

Senior Chalrie Chen came in 5th place overall and was first in his 12-19 age group, where he beat the runner-up, Andrew Cuneo, by over 5 minutes. Jackman was “in awe of [Chen] for placing well, not only for his age, but for the overall men’s category.”

The triathlon began with the swim start at the Soda Aquatic Center at 7:30 am, followed by the 14 mile bike course, which went out on Moraga Road, and then the 5K (3.1 mile) run which looped through the Campolindo neighborhood, according to the Moraga Triathlon websiteThe approximate distance of the swim was 400 meters.