Steamboat Springs Penn Lukens entered the 18th annual Lakeland Bi-Tri Classic on Saturday in Canton, Ill., for something fun to do while he visited his grandparents.
But as soon as he got off his bike, Penn, 14, realized the fun time could turn into a victory.
So facing his least-favorite third of a triathlon - this time, a mile run - Penn did all he could to get through it.
The end result was a win in the youth division in a time of 25 minutes, 49.15 seconds.
"I don't know; I didn't really expect to get first or last," Penn said. "I was expecting to finish in the middle. When I was the first one off my bike, I thought I better run hard so I can get first."
The youth triathlon consisted of a 200-yard swim, 3-mile bike ride and mile run. Penn's sister, Meghan, was part of a team that finished second in the women's division.
Penn, who also plays lacrosse, skis and enjoys mountain biking, said it was his first triathlon in more than a year - something he envisions changing in the future.
"Yeah, I'll probably do them again," he said. "I might start them again next year."
Bonesaws impressive at Breckenridge tournament
The Steamboat Springs Bonesaws won the consolation bracket at Saturday and Sunday's 2009 Quickstick Lax Tournament in Breckenridge.
In a tournament that features top club teams from all across the state, Steamboat went 4-1, beating 5280 in the consolation bracket championship on Sunday.
"It was good," Steamboat defenseman Todd Wichelhaus said. "We knew going in Breckenridge was a high-level tournament."
Most of the teams were chalked full of professional and former Division I players. Steamboat opened Saturday with a win before getting beat in the quarterfinals. From there, Steamboat won three straight games behind a stingy defense and opportunistic goal scoring.
Led by Wichelhaus, Sam Lane, Conor Barrett, Dave Shively, Kevin Bertrand, Joseph Lauber and Andy and Jake Flax, Steamboat was easily able to secure the consolation championship.
"It's kind of nice the club is maintaining the foundation of guys and every year brings new guys in," Wichelhaus said. "It's nice to build off of what we've done in years past."
With the win, Steamboat earned a first-round bye in the Aspen Tournament, Aug. 15 to 16.
5 Steamboat swimmers compete at state meet
Five Steamboat swimmers went to the State Seasonal Club Meet, held Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Fort Morgan.
Keala Fraioli, Lucy and Clare Franklin, Amanda Walker and Brenden Carta all competed.
Swimmers had to qualify for the meet. Fraioli finished first in 100-yard IM, 100 freestyle, 100 breaststroke and 50 breast. She also finished second in the 50 free and 200 free and third in the 50 back.
"I had some of my friends I met at other meets to push me, and I had my wonderful coaches," Fraioli said. "It's the best meet of the season I've had."
Walker got third in the 100 free, 50 free, 25 fly and 25 free. She also got second in the 25 breast. Clare Franklin finished third in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free, and Lucy Franklin finished seventh in the 400 IM, 50 free and 100 back.
Brenden Carta finished third in the 100 breast, fourth in the 50 free and fifth in 100 fly.