Grim Reaper Fitness brought 25 club members to USAT Club Nationals in Innsbrook, Mo.
Everyone contributed as 24 of the members produced top-10 finishes to earn the points that propelled the club to a 3rd-place finish in Division IV.
Jason Huber, David Quinn, and Kris Hohulin led the way for Grim Reaper Fitness, winning their respective divisions. Huber won the 35-39 Age Group at the HalfMax or 70.3 (1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1 mile run) and was 9th overall, finishing with a time of 4:49:22.
Quinn and Hohulin (Watson) each won their age division in the Aquabike race, which consisted of a 1.2-mile swim and 56-mile bike. Quinn won the 50-55 Age Group with a time of 3:18:11, while Hohulin took with women’s 40-44 Age Group in 3:53:10.
All the Reapers in the 70.3 had a good day as Bryan Heppe, Jason Sturdyvin, and Celeste Kudrys had top-3 finishes, while Kevin Tuuk and Jill Dorbeck completed their first races at that division. Heppe finished 10th overall and 2nd to Huber in 35-39 with a time of 4:53:45, while Sturdyvin was 2nd in 30-34 at 5:23:54. Tuuk was an impressive 15th overall in his first race at the distance, as he took 4th in 40-44 at 5:08:55. On the women’s side, Kudrys was 3rd in 35-39 at 5:53:15, while Dorbeck fought off a cold to come in at 7:43:40. Lisa Kiley rounded out the GRF 70.3 field with a 6:53:05 for 5th in 50-54 as she prepares for her first Ironman coming up in October.
Back in the Aquabike, Kelly Ruiter was 5th overall on the women’s side, which was good for 2nd overall in 30-34 at 3:45:10. Bill Diggins finished 4th in 40-44 in 3:47:36.
Three Reapers completed the QuarterMax (roughly the length of an Olympic with a 0.6-mile swim, 27-mile bike and 6.5-mile run). Tim Auth was 4th in 45-49 at 2:48:41 and Buck Manley 10th in 55-59 at 3:10:12, while Jessica Miner was 5th in 35-39 at 3:15:36.
In the sprint (500-yard swim, 19-mile bike, 3.4 mile run), Erik Rankin posted GRF’s best time, coming in at 1:41:34 to place 7th in 35-39, while David Cate had the best finish, taking 2nd in Clydesdale at 1:53:23. Matt Cuttell was 7th in 30-34 at 1:44:34; Wendy Smith 6th in 40-44 at 1:55:17; Casey Haak 5th in 20-24; and Pam Walden 6th in 50-54 at 2:12:55.
Natalie McKee finished 2nd, while Jason Hebel and Stephanie Heppe all finished 3rd in the duathlon (1-mile run, 19-mile bike, 3.1-mile run). McKee, 35-39 at 2:10:15; Hebel, 35-39 at 1:52:06; and Heppe, 40-44 at 2:16:11. Jeffrey McCarther was 6th in 45-49 at 2:21:22.
The one Reaper who didn’t place can be excused. Carey Weaver, one of the club’s top sprinters, is recovering from a broken clavicle after a crash on the bike course.
Ironman & 140.6
In Madison, WI, Tony Kerr and Rhonda Heinz finished their first Ironman distances at Ironman Wisconsin. Kerr finished in 16:20:41, while Heinz was close behind at 16:27:36.
Meanwhile, Julie Sibley set a PR at Challenge Cedar Point, finishing the 140.6 distances in 15:44, a 21 minute personal best.