Steamboat trio tries its hardest

Weston, Lukenses reach podium

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Patrick Weston is ready for more.

After Penn and Meghan Lukens talked him into competing in Saturday's TriAmerica Kidz triathlon in Avon-Vail, Patrick, 12, left tired but happy and with a trophy for finishing third in his age group.

Meghan, 12, also finished third, and Penn, 10, was second in his division and second overall.

"It was harder than I thought," Patrick said. "I was tired at the end, and I unexpectedly felt like I was going to barf, because I was working real hard."

Patrick passed Meghan, 12, during the running portion of the triathlon and finished in 34 minutes. Meghan finished in 40:51.

Patrick and Meghan swam 200 yards, biked six miles and ran one mile.

"Everyone was really nice," Meghan said. "If someone passed me or I passed them, they said, 'You are doing great.' On the run, Patrick caught up to me, and we talked for about two or three minutes."

Penn, who finished in 17:03, encountered one problem on his bike ride around Nottingham Lake, but it didn't prevent the 10-year-old from finishing well.

"The first lap on my bike, I crashed," he said. "There was a really sharp turn. It dropped me back in third place in the riding. I got back on and started pedaling my heart out again."

Penn competed in the junior division and swam 100 yards, biked three miles and ran a half-mile.

The three youths said they look forward to next summer's events.

"I can't wait until the next one," Patrick said.

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