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Brian Zeglis of Davenport receives encouragement from a young bystander as he heads back on Eighth Street during the DeWitt Crossroads Triathlon.
Mundisev races to title in Crossroads debut

By Ross Eberhart
Sports editor

oomer to triathlons.

The Eldridge resident is certainly making up for lost time.

Mundisev, who credits completion of graduate school and teenagers at home for her growing interest in the sport, has competed in nine triathlons since starting a year ago, and has done well enough to qualify for this weekend's USA Triathlon National Championships in Omaha.

And Mundisev is ready. Just ask the other competitors at Saturday's 14th DeWitt Crossroads Triathlon.

Making her debut in the event, Mundisev used a strong push in the cycling leg to separate herself from the field and win the overall women's title in 1:24:23.

Rhiannon Seneli of Davenport was second with her clocking of 1:27:57, while Jane Simonsen, also of Davenport, was third in 1:30:20.

While Mundisev made a great first impression on the Crossroads Triathlon, the event did the same for her.

"I really liked it," Mundisev said. "I grew up in LeClaire and live in Eldridge so I know the area, it made a lot of sense to compete in this."

Temperatures in the upper 60s with little wind and a shining sun, helped the first impression as well - "the weather was amazing," Mundisev said.

Already an avid cyclist before starting her triathlon career, Mundisev completed the 15-mile bike ride in 46:15 - more than two minutes better than her nearest competitor.

"We just got done doing RAGBRAI and on those last couple of days there were a lot of hills, and I think that really helped on the hills on this course." Mundisev said.

Heidi Parkhurst of Coal Valley, Illinois, had the next-fastest time with her clocking of 48:48, while the Betty Hibler of Clinton, winner of the 60-64 age group, was third in 49:22.

For the second straight year, two women were able to complete the swimming leg in under 10 minutes.

Lauren Kulas - a member of the Pleasant Valley swimming team - led the way with a clocking of 9:16, while Stacey Zapolski of Davenport was just seven seconds back.

Nikki Woodard of Silvis, Illinois, nearly cleared 10 minutes as well, taking third in 10:02.

Seneli, who had the 11th-fastest time in the swim and was fifth in the cycling leg, made her move in the run, leading all competitors with a time of 23:13.

Caitlin Gorge, the 15-19 champion, was 20 seconds back, while Woodard was third in 24:21.

Just 11 seconds back of Woodard was Mundisev, who clinched her overall title by posting the fourth-fastest time in the run.

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