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|Lundry goes wire-to-wire to win men's title|
By Ross Eberhart
This time Sam Lundry was not going to be caught.
A standout in swimming at Pleasant Valley High School, Lundry had paced the field at Lake Killdeer in each of the past four DeWitt Crossroads Triathlons.
In each instance, Lundry was eventually overtaken. But each year, he noticed his time in front was growing longer and longer.
"It has been really cool to see the progress I've made just by how long I have been able to keep my lead," Lundry said. "In just about all of my races, I come out of the water in front or near the front, so I am used to competing with a lead."
Saturday at the 14th Crossroads Triathlon, the Bettendorf-native was again the first athlete out of Lake Killdeer, and this time nobody could pass Lundry, who led wire-to-wire to win the men's title in 1:06:24.
Brian Hohensee, another Crossroads veteran, was second with a clocking of 1:09:03, while Brent Fiegel of Davenport rounded out the top-three at 1:11:32.
Lundry set the tone right away in his strongest leg, completing the 500-yard swim in Lake Killdeer in just 6:24.
That was a personal-best at the Crossroads for Lundry, and tied for the seventh-fastest time in the event's history.
Most important, the clocking was nearly two minutes faster than the next fastest competitor - Hohensee in 8:16 - giving Lundry an early edge.
Evan Tuisl of Clinton was third in the swimming with his time of 8:38, while DeWitt's Daniel Westbay was just four seconds behind him.
Instead of the pack closing in, Lundry extended his lead by posting the top time in the cycling leg - 38:06 - a 48-second improvement for him from the year before.
Jeff Scharpman of Lynn Center, Illinois, was 20 seconds back, while Kelly Kersten - the 45-49 champion - and Hohensee also broke 39 minutes.
Lundry's biggest focus was the running leg, and the champion said he "felt really good" while completing his 5K run in 20:07 - the seventh-best time of the day.
The men's best time in the running leg came from Bob Molsberry of Iowa City, who completed the 3.1-mile course in 18:36 - and did it in a wheelchair. The clocking helped Molsberry finish third in the 60-64 age group.
Tuisl also broke 19 minutes with his clocking of 18:48, while Fiegel was third in the leg with a time of 19:18.
The title was a special one for Lundry, who identifies the Crossroads Triathlon as the "first real triathlon" he competed, and Saturday's race was his sixth time taking part in the event despite just graduating high school in May.
"I love this race," Lundry said. "It is a small local race and they do a really good job putting it on.
"It's a fun race to take part in."
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