Community notebook: Vancouver competitors lead Portland Triathlon

By Paul Danzer, Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter



Vancouver's Josh Monda shows off his hardware for winning the Portland Triathlon sprint distance race on Saturday.

The sprint distance race during Sunday’s Portland Triathlon was a Vancouver showcase.

Led by Josh Monda’s winning time of 1 hour, 17 minutes and 24 seconds, three of the first four to complete the North Portland race were from Vancouver.

Jaysun Pyatt of Vancouver finished behind Monda in 1:18:58, and Trevor Hayward of Vancouver was fourth in 1:21:28. A total of 374 finished the Portland sprint distance race. There was also a longer Olympic distance triathlon that had 306 finishers led by Roger Thompson of Spokane in 1:59:07.

The races started and finished at Cathedral Park in north Portland. The sprint course began with a 750-meter swim in the Willamette River. Next came a 16.16-mile bike ride. The race finished with a 3.1-mile run that included the St. Johns Bridge.

“The sprint (triathlon) can be so much fun because you don’t have to pace yourself,” Monda said. It is also a competitive distance with little margin for error, he said.

Sunday’s race was the first significant race for the 30-year-old Monda since he dropped out at mile 22 of the Vancouver USA Marathon in June with several muscle injuries. He said he didn’t run for several months while he rehabilitated those injuries.

His first race back from the injuries was the Muscle Max Triathlon on Sept. 9 at Salmon Creek Park. That race was four miles shorter than the Portland Triathlon on the bike portion, and Monda won that in 1:07:51. Dave Soelberg, 43, finished in 1:10:32 and was the second of six Clark County finishers who led 60 across the Max Muscle Triathlon sprint distance finish line.Monda said he treated the smaller Max Muscle race as a test run for the Portland event. His next major challenge, Monda said, will be the Ironman Arizona in November of 2013.

Shooters win at state event

Eight shooters from the Vancouver Rifle and Pistol Club competed in the Washington State Prone Championship, held Sept. 8-9 at Tacoma Rifle and Revolver Club.

Kyle Ueltschi, 15, took first place in the Sharpshooter Division. His combined score over the two days was 3167.171 out of a possible 3200.320. The numbers after the decimal represent center shots which are perfect shots. Ueltschi also took first place in the following matches: iron aggregate, 50-yard, Dewar, 100-yard, iron sights. He won the 50-meter match by four center shots.

Tristen Higgins, 15, took first place overall in the Marksmen Division with a score of 3150.137. Higgins also took first place in the 50-yard, Dewar and 50-meter matches.

Others representing Vancouver Rifle and Pistol Club at the state event were Jamie Carlson, Chris Cottrell, Chad Bowen, Tyler Horn, Matthew Bailey and Kyle Yenne.The junior program at the Vancouver Rifle and Pistol Club meets 4-6 p.m. on Tuesdays.

MMA event slated

An amateur mixed martial arts event is scheduled for Oct. 6 at JRT Boxing and MMA in Vancouver.

Many of the combatants will be from Clark County, according to promoter Jack Thompson. Thompson is holding the show at his facility at 5000 E. Fourth Plain Blvd. The official schedule, expected to include 10 bouts, has not yet been finalized.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and the first bout will start at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased at JRT Boxing and MMA or through TicketsWest outlets.The event will also be shown on public access television.

Youth baseball tryouts

The Bulldog Baseball Academy will hold tryouts on Sept. 30 and Oct. 7 for teams that will play in 2013. The tryouts are for under-15, under-14 and under-13 age teams, based on May 1, 2013 birthdays.

Tryouts run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the junior varsity baseball field at Skyview High School, 1300 NW 139th St. Registration, including required permission forms for parents, begins at 10:30 a.m. To learn more, contact: Kevin Monahan at 360-607-7979.

• A new 12-and-younger baseball team is forming to play in up to 10 tournaments between March and September 2013. The schedule will not conflict with Little league season. For more information, call 916-580-4151 or 360-608-8451.

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