Locals compete in triathlon

Amy Bottenberg of Carson City was the first woman and third overall finisher at the Reno Sparks Triathlon held at the Sparks Marina last Saturday, Aug. 16.

Bottenberg, 30, finished the race in a time of 1 hour, 24 minutes and 43.5 seconds. She was only three minutes behind the winner, Scott Young (1:21:22.3) and 16 seconds behind the runnerup, Ryan Mayne (1:24:27).

Bottenberg was 11th in the swim and 12th at the end of the cycling leg and then moved up to third on the run. Her time for the run was third fastest among the individual triathletes.

Team Galena High, a trio that consisted of Nick Damonte, Raul Tibaduiza and Bubba Melcher, combined to win the event's relay division in a time of 1:20:50. Damonte, a recent Galena graduate, completed the 3/4-mile swim in 17:56, Melcher logged a time of 34:42 on the 16-mile cycling leg and Tibaduiza finished the 5-mile run in 28:11.

The Mountain Meadow Racing Team took second-place overall in the relay in a time of 1:31:17. The team consisted of Dayton's Charlie Bowman, who swam 18:42; Gardnerville's Lyle Freeman, who cycled 40:15; and Crystal Bay's Bill Devine, who ran 32:18.

First-place in the co-ed division and third overall was taken by the Macadamia Nuts in 1:36:35. The team included Andrea Lindsey, a Douglas High swimmer, Mike Freeman on the bicycle and Incline High standout distance runner Addie Devine. Freeman, 16, who runs cross country for Douglas High, won the 19-and-under age group at the Donner Lake Triathlon last month and won his age group for the Chanoko Mountain Bike Duathon Series this spring. Devine runs cross country at Incline High.

First-place in the women's division and fourth overall was taken by El's Belles in 1:40:01. The team included Dayton's Maria Bowman in the swim, Brooks Hill on the bicycle and Gardnerville's Ellen Lucas in the run.


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