Logan Storie, Erin Jones Win 2015 Biathle Nationals

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By Genadijus Sokolovas, Ph.D., High Performance Director

USA Pentathlon

Modern Biathle is a UIPM sport combining continuous Running and Swimming distances. Senior and Junior athletes are competing over 1500 run + 200 swim + 1500 run distances. Modern Biathle competitions are held nationally and internationally, including annual World Championships. 2016 Biathle World Championships will be hosted by USA Pentathlon in Orlando, FL, September 2-4, 2016.

2015 Biathle Nationals was held at the US Olympic Training in Colorado Springs on September 17. Athletes from several states, including Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, and Florida competed in this event. Swimming legends Olympic Champions Jason Lezak and Cullen Jones joined participants of Biathle Nationals before the competition (see the picture below).

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For many USA Pentathlon National Team members, Biathle Nationals was the first competition in the Olympic season. It was a good test of their endurance in swimming and running. Since the competition was held in Colorado Springs at 6,035 feet above the seas level, altitude was a factor for some athletes.

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Men compete in 2015 Biathle Nationals

As it was expected, an Army Specialist Logan Storie (Corvallis, OR/Colorado Springs, CO), a member of USA Pentathlon Resident Team and a former collegiate swimmer at University of Florida, won men’s competition in the record time of 13:03. Army Sergeant Dennis Bowsher (Dallas, TX/Colorado Springs, CO) finished in the 2nd place, and the third place finisher was Army Specialist, the first US athlete qualified for 2016 Olympic Games, Nathan Schrimsher (Roswell, NM/Colorado Springs, CO).

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Medalists of 2015 Biathle Nationals (from left): Dennis Bowsher (2nd place), Logan Storie (1st place), and Nathan Schrimsher (3rd place)

 

Erin Jones, a member of USA Triathlon, won women’s competition in 15:07. A member of USA Pentathlon Resident Team Isabella Isaksen (Fayetteville, AR/Colorado Springs, CO) was close behind in 15:16, and a Youth athlete Jordan McCurdy (Denver, CO) finished in 3rd place.

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Medalists of 2015 Biathle Nationals (from left): Isabella Isaksen (2nd place), Erin Jones (1st place), and Jordan McCurdy (3rd place)

Age group winners were Jenna Kelly (Denver, CO), Jordan McCurdy (Denver, CO), Maren York (Colorado Springs, CO), DJ Cline (Denver, CO), and Alex Guzman (Ocala, FL).

See more information about the 2015 Biathle Nationals at www.usapentathlon.org. USA Pentathlon is seeking swimmers (girls and boys) who have background in running or other pentathlon events (fencing, shooting, and horse riding). See event calendar at USA Pentathlon website. If you are interested to learn more about Modern Pentathlon, please contact High Performance Director Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas at gsokolovas@gmail.com.