The 2010 NW La. District Senior Olympics bike trials drew the biggest entry in several years, thanks to the work of Event Coordinators Sandi Triplett (pictured center behind bike in this photo of most of the entries) and her husband Danny. Click photo to enlarge image.
Newcomer Tim FitzGerald and frequent visitor Charles Allen won divisions of the Northwest Louisiana District Senior Olympics bike trails April 25.
FitzGerald posted the best 5-K time (seven minutes, 11 seconds). The 57-year-old president of TFG Financial LLC, who trains with Team LaS’port, the club he helped found, was 33-seconds better than Allen, who captured the 65-69 age bracket. The District Olympics gold medal will have to share space on the FitzGerald mantel with masters championships he’s won in Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. “I’ve heard a lot about this competition but this is the first time I could make it,” FitzGerald said. “But I’ll be back.” Due to a prior commitment, FitzGerald had to pass up the 10-kilometer trials which were run on Ellerbe Road from the Frierson Road intersection.
Allen, from Texarkana, Ark., dominated the 10-K with a 15:33 time. After his sweep, he said he was pleased with the effort. “This is the event I prime for all winter,” Allen said. “I spend my training building for it.” Allen, who was a standout in the 2009 bike trials, said he felt his preparation, which is made up of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hour sessions three times a week, is tailored to get him ready for the two District distances. He said post-race that he would give the winter work a good grade.
Second-best time in the 10-K, which faced some stiff head wind coming home, was posted by Bob Crosby (16:11).
Terry Harkey and Sandi Triplett captured two golds each in the women’s division.
Women 55-59 Terry Harkey 9:38 Gold,Tanya Tingle 9:58 Silver, Edie Wilhite, 14.16 Bronze. 60-65 Sandi Triplett 9:56 Gold.
Men 50-54 Tim Goeders 8:09 Gold. 55-59 Tim FitzGerald 7:11 Gold, Derwood Wilhite 9:35 Silver, Ric Pennington 10:20 Bronze. 60-64 Bob Crosby 7:51 Gold, Nick Williamson 7:58 Silver, Dimitri Papadimitrios 9:00 Bronze. 65-69 Charles Allen 7:44 Gold, Bernie Tull 8:35 Silver, Scott Taylor 13:16 Bronze. Robert Sutton 14:20. 70-74 Joe Hinton 9:55 Gold, Curtis Turner 10:16 Silver.
WOMEN 55-59 Harkey 19:11 Gold, Tingle 19:48 Silver. 60-65 Triplett 19:42 Gold. MEN 55-59 Wilhite 20:50 Gold. 60-64 Crosby 16:11 Gold, Williamson 18:03 Silver, Papadimitrios 19:23 Bronze. 65-69 Allen 15:33 Gold, Tull 17:49 Silver. 70-74 Hinton 19:46 Gold, Turner 21:17 Silver, Sutton 30:42 Bronze.