Gunston 9th grader Alec Sanderson (Arnold) was crowned the 2019 Maryland High School Triathlon champion on May 19th. Held at St. Mary’s College, the sprint-distance race included a 750-meter swim, a 13-mile bike, and a 5k run. Gunston 9th grader Thomas Umidi (Arnold) took the silver medal and 11th grader Nick Kellogg (Easton) earned bronze.
“This caps off an incredible inaugural season,” commented Gunston Athletic Director Jon Mellinger, who himself finished 3rd as a competitor in the Men’s 30-34 Olympic-distance division, “I am confident that this program will only continue to grow and thrive.”
Throughout the race, Sanderson and Umidi were neck-and-neck. Sanderson was the first high school student out of the water, with Umidi passing him on the cycling section, leaving the chute for the run in first place. However, Sanderson regained the advantage with a faster run split and finished the race in 1:14:22.
Several other Gunston students rounded out the top 10: Zach LaFleur (4th, Annapolis), Mac Borghardt (5th, Centreville), Peter Sharpless (6th, Easton), and John Pettit (7th, Centreville).
Gunston Head of School John Lewis, who attended as a spectator, noted, “Gunston has one of the few high school sponsored triathlon teams in the country and we’re incredibly proud of Coach Mellinger and our student-athletes. Their team’s future is bright.”