TWIN LAKES — A year ago at this time, Madalyn Moline was focusing on her upcoming freshman season with the Manson Northwest Webster volleyball team.
Late in the summer, though, Moline decided to give cross country a chance as well, electing to compete in both fall sports for the Cougars.
Three short months later and Moline was a state cross country qualifier.
Recently, the soon-to-be MNW sophomore captured her division of the Twin Lakes Duathlon, completing the 2.5K run, 20K bike ride and 5K run in 1:18.25. She earned third in the event last year, which also consists of athletes completing a Half-Olympic distance triathlon.
“I attempted to do both sports (last year), but a hand injury allowed me to focus only on cross country,” Moline said. “Last summer was my first summer of real running and I only ran about four days a week and logged only 100 miles.
“This summer, I ran up to six days a week, logging 250 miles. I also went on RAGBRAI for a day, which helped me become more familiar with the gears on my bike and endurance on the bike. I rode 53 miles that day.”
To improve her conditioning and strength, Moline said she also “started weight-lifting twice a week and did core workouts five time a week.”
She finished 27th in Class 1A last year at Lakeside Golf Course at state, completing the race in 20:40.7.
“Winning the Duathlon has helped my confidence for the upcoming season a lot,” Moline said. “Before the race, I was really nervous. But winning and dropping time off from last year has given me the confidence to really go after my goals this cross country season. Winning has showed me that I can achieve the goals I set for the season and all my training this summer will pay off.
“My expectations for this cross country season is to win a couple of races, win conference and return to state. The ultimate goal would be to shoot for a Top-15 finish.”
Moline will be competing this Saturday in the Emily Markert 5K in Manson.
Ken Winter of South Dakota won the men’s triathlon with a time of 1:08.15, with Shaylyn DeYoung of Pocahontas claiming her third consecutive female title in 1:11.50.
The trio of Tyson Petersen, Jaden Ahlrichs and DeYoung won the team title in 1:09.20, with Kevin Anderson from Urbandale winning the men’s duathlon in 1:07.13.
Henry Stepec and Olivia Halfpap were the winners of the first youth triathlon.
A total of 160 people registered for the event, including 78 adults in the triathlon, 33 in the duathlon and 32 youth athletes. Participants from Iowa, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey and South Dakota were all involved, including 44 from Fort Dodge, Twin Lakes and the surrounding communities of Gowrie, Lake City, Lytton, Manson, Pocahontas, Pomeroy and Rockwell City.
The 13th annual Twin Lakes Half-Olympic Distance Triathlon, sixth annual duathlon and second annual youth triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019.
12th ANNUAL TWIN LAKES TRIATHLON AND DUATHLON
1. Ken Winter, 1:08.15; 2. Lincoln Murdoch, 1:09.02; 3. Ryan Peetz, 1:11.26.
1. Shaylyn DeYoung, 1:11.50; 2. Kari Ann B. Pappas, 1:15.12; 3. Jill Pearce, 1:15.24.
1. Team Worth A Tri, 1:09.20; 2. Team T-Trio, 1:19.21; 3. Team Giving This A Tri, 1:19.56.
1. Kevin Anderson, 1:07.13; 2. Eric Anderson, 1:15.47; 3. Josh Johnson, 1:16.14.
1. Madalyn Moline, 1:18.25; 2. Kimberly Lund, 1:21.28; 3. Krista Albright, 1:21.38.
1. Henry Stepec, 11:19; 2. Parker Scuffham, 12:05; 3. Isaac Halfpap, 12:27.
1. Olivia Halfpap, 10:59; 2. Laila Fisher, 11:52; 3. Alyana Kakacek, 11:58.