Community notebook: Local junior cyclist shines at international event in Canada

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Cyclist Colby Wait-Molyneux of Vancouver won a time trial and placed third overall during the 43rd edition of the Tour de l’Abitibi, held July 19-24 at Quebec, Canada.

Wait-Molyneux, 17, was one of six riders for the U.S. Cycling team at the event.

A prestigious UCI Nations Cup event, the Tour de l’Abitibi is the longest junior stage race. The six-day, seven-stage race included 132 racers ages 17-18 from nine different countries.

Wait-Molyneux won the individual time trial stage, covering the 12.4-kilometer course in 15 minutes, 9 seconds. He earned the Best Young Rider jersey for the event, and placed third in the final overall general classification. Team USA placed first in the general team classification.

He next will race for the U.S. Cycling Junior National Team during August in Europe, competing in several one-day races in Belgium and in a stage race in Switzerland.

Thrower sixth at Pan-Ams

Sean Keller of Vancouver placed sixth in the men’s javelin at the Pan Am Junior Track and Field Championships on Saturday in Miramar, Fla.

Keller’s throw of 228 feet, 6 inches led Team USA in the event. Brian Toledo of Argentina won with a meet-record throw of 250-8. Derek Eager of UCLA, a former Washington high school javelin champion, was eighth with a throw of 216-2.

A senior-to-be at Heritage High School, Keller won the WIAA Class 4A state championship in May. This week, he is one of seven athletes from the Vancouver-based Evergreen Storm Track Club who is scheduled to compete at the USA Track and Field Junior Olympics nationals at Wichita State University in Kansas. The meet runs today through Sunday.

Other Storm athletes making the trip to the national Junior Olympics are Sam Farenchek (boys 17-18 javelin), Alexis Fuller (girls 13-14 1,500 and 3,000), Dylan Parmeter (boys 17-18 long jump), Keaton Spiller (boys 15-16 steeplechase and 1,500), Ashley Sundin (girls 13-14 800), and Ethan Tonder (boys 13-14 javelin, discus and shot put).

Young swimmers win gold

Tommy Beale and Meileen Yee from Vancouver’s Columbia River Swim Team won gold medals at the Oregon Swimming 10-and-younger Long Course Championships held July 15-17 in Bend, Ore.

Tommy won four gold medals in the 8-and-younger boys competition. He won the 50-meter breaststroke in 47.97 seconds, the 50 backstroke in 45.51, the 100 freestyle in 1:24.51, and the 50 butterfly in 44.99. Meileen won gold medals for 10-year-old girls in the 50 breaststroke in 41.89 and 100 breaststroke 1:33.28.

CrossFit world finals

Eight athletes from CrossFit Fort Vancouver will try to earn a second consecutive championship for the Vancouver gym during the Reebok CrossFit Games Finals.

The fitness competition takes place Friday through Sunday at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Calif. The competition tests athletes’ strength, endurance, speed and flexibility in a variety of events designed to assess real-world fitness.

Teams and individuals from Cross Fit gyms worldwide participated in local and regional competitions to qualify for the finals.

CrossFit Fort Vancouver won the team event in 2010. Representing the gym at the 2011 finals are Adam Neiffer, Nathan Loren, Paul Richie, Ryan Martin, Erin Taylor, Marie Rochat, Polly Albright, and Jennifer Wills.

Benefit run is Saturday

The Arc in Motion, a 10-kilometer run or 5-kilometer walk to benefit The Arc of Southwest Washington, will be held Saturday along the Burnt Bridge Creek Discovery Trail in Vancouver.

The 5K walk starts at 8 a.m., and the 10K race at 8:30 a.m. at The Arc Family Center, 6511 N.E. 18th St.

Participants can register onsite between 7 and 8 a.m. Advance registration and more information is available by calling 360-254-1562, or by visiting www.arcswwa.org.

• See the Community Sports Calendar at Columbian.com for a list of area sports camps, runs and other activities.

COMMUNITY SPORTS NEWS may be submitted by email to paul.danzer@columbian.com.