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Young racers make most of triathlon opportunity

Aug 19, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Ethan Selley learned the importance of pacing himself in the first Lander Sprint Triathlon of his career.

Selley was the youngest athlete in the field at 11 years old to do all three stages of the triathlon.

He did the 750-yard swim, 12.4- mile bike ride and the 3.1-mile swim on Saturday morning.

Selley had a time of 1:52:18.

"I thought that I did pretty good in my first triathlon," Selley said. "My strengths are the biking and swimming. My run was not very good at all."

Selley trained for the biking and swimming parts of the triathlon.

"I like those a lot more," Selley said. "I didn't train as much with the running."

The Lander sixth-grader said running proved to be the most difficult portion because it was the last one.

"It was hard because I had to walk some of it," Selley said. "I had side cramps really bad."

His alarm clock went off at 6 a.m.

"I was pretty nervous before the race," Selley said. "I did get a lot of sleep on Friday night."

The race for the first athletes began at 7 a.m. Selley started at 8:15 a.m.

"I just did it because it sounded like it was really fun," Selley said. "I started to train three or four months ago."

Selley plays soccer and swims when he isn't getting fit for a triathlon.

"I like both sports a lot," Selley said.

Tiger racer

Lander Valley High School senior Drew Gramlich participated in the top heat on Saturday in the Lander Triathlon.

He competes for the Lander Tigers in both cross country and swimming.

Gramlich ended the triathlon in 1:15:00 to place in the top 10 in the men's division.

"I thought that I did decently in the triathlon," Gramlich said. "I was first out of the pool. I was happy about that.

"Everybody killed me on the bike just because I'm not a biker," Gramlich said.

Gramlich gained some ground on the 3.1-mile run.

"I could have been a little faster on the run, but I'm happy with it overall," Gramlich said.

This was Gramlich's fourth triathlon.

"I consider it fun just to go out and try new things," Gramlich said. "I just like to challenge myself and see how I do."

Gramlich has been training all summer in the pool. He traveled to the Western Zones Regionals in California.

He was in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters freestyle events.

"I did middle or lower half of the group," Gramlich said. "Swimming is my big thing."

Gramlich is enjoying the last few days of his summer vacation.

LVHS cross country practice begins on Monday for him and his teammates. "I'm pretty pumped to start cross country because it's going to be a good year," Gramlich said. "Hopefully, we are going to have a strong team."

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