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Thursday, February 22, 2024
Feb. 22, 2024

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Community notebook: Vancouver’s McChesney 38th at Spartan Worlds

By , Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter

Jesse McChesney of Vancouver finished 38th in the Reebok Spartan World Championship race on Saturday at Squaw Valley Resort in Olympic Valley, Calif.

McChesney, 28, completed a 12-mile course that featured 30 obstacles in 3 hours, 4 minutes and 26 seconds.

McChesney started racing obstacle course events in 2014. He qualified for this world championship in April when he took second in the Seattle Spartan Race. In August, McChesney won the Spartan Portland Sprint race, which was held at the Washougal MX Track.

Erin Seekins of Washougal and Ryan Polin of Vancouver also qualified for the world championships during the Washougal race.

On Saturday, Polin finished 158th among the 414 who completed the World Championship Beast race. The 29-year-old finished in 3 hours, 46 minutes and 32 seconds. He was the 130th male finisher and 36th male in the 25-29 age division.

Seekins, 23, finished in 5 hours, 32 minutes and 26 seconds. She finished in 380th place and was 156th among women.

Team fifth at World Team Tennis nationals

Coached by Club Green Meadows tennis director Nancy Ansboury, a team representing the Pacific Northwest placed fifth among 16 teams at the World Team Tennis Junior Nationals. The annual tournament took place in July at San Diego.

The Pacific Northwest team included Lauren Skelly of Vancouver. Joining Skelly on the team were Phoebe Wu of Portland, Anna Lowy of Lake Oswego, Jonah Wafula of Salem, Emmett Moore of Lake Oswego and Tommy Kallgren of Portland.

A native of Uganda who came to the United States in 2014, Wafula is currently attending the No Quit Tennis Academy in Las Vegas. Members of Club Green Meadows paid his way to the World Team Tennis Tournament.

The World Team Tennis Junior Nationals were established 21 years ago by Billie Jean King. Ansboury, who was working at the United States Tennis Association office at the time, has entered a team in all 21 of the national tournaments.

This team won two of its three round-robin matches, losing to the runner-up California Central Coast Crushers. The Pacific Northwest team then won two playoff matches to finish in fifth place.

Washougal celebrates bike park

Cyclists are invited to a grand opening for the Skills Course at Hamllik Park in Washougal from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday. The new course is part of the Washougal Bike Park. Hamllik Park is at 4285 Addy Street.

Saturday’s free event includes a ribbon-cutting at 2:30 p.m. followed by a kids ride party that includes the chance to ride the course and to participate in a series of activities.

Among the stations will be a bike safety check by volunteers from Bike Clark County to check each bike for inflated tires and functioning brakes. Camas Bike and Sport is a sponsor and helping stage the kids ride party.

Summer running series ends

The Clark County Running Club series of spring and summer Wednesday races concluded with a 3-kilometer run on Sept. 28 at Homestead Park in east Vancouver.

Rolf Vellek, 47, of Vancouver won the race with a time of 11 minutes and 55 seconds. He finished eight seconds before Juan Picho, 55, of Vancouver.

The club has several weekend runs on its fall calendar, including a 3.5-mile run on the Washington State University Vancouver campus at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

The CCRC fall schedule includes a pair of popular 5-kilometer runs at Marine Park: the Costume Run on Oct. 22 and the Turkey Trot on Nov. 19.

Visit clarkcountyrunningclub.org for details.

Adaptive Sports NW fetes Paralympians

Adaptive Sports Northwest will hold its Celebration of Sport and Paralympians Dinner on Friday at Multnomah Athletic Club in Portland.

Josh Brewer of Battle Ground will be among the participants in the recent Rio Paralympic Games who will be recognized during the dinner. Brewer won a silver medal as part of a United States’ Wheelchair Rugby team.

Adaptive Sports Northwest provides programs, equipment and support for adults and youths with physical disabilities including spinal-cord injuries, amputations, cerebral palsy and visually impairment. It serves Oregon and Southwest Washington.

To learn more, visit adaptivesportsnw.org or call 503-241-0850.

COMMUNITY SPORTS NEWS is published each Tuesday. Submit items by sending email to paul.danzer@columbian.com or call 360-735-4484.

Columbian Soccer, hockey and Community Sports Reporter