Angelini Dominates Stafford Run for Hope Triathlon; Manahawkin Teen Wins 5K

By DAVID BIGGY | Jun 12, 2019

Stafford Township — In 2016 and 2017, Yardville’s Jeffrey Angelini raided Long Beach Island to win the triathlon held each September in Long Beach Township. On June 9, the 34-year-old sprint triathlon specialist returned to Southern Ocean County and bested the 105-competitor field in the Stafford Run for Hope triathlon.

Angelini blazed through the quarter-mile swim, 12-mile bike and 3.1-mile run course in a crisp 56 minutes, 15 seconds – the only one among the crowd to complete the race in less than an hour – as he captured the top spot, more than five minutes ahead of second-place finisher Chris Hemmerle of Conshohocken, Pa. (1:01:37) and third-place finisher Richard Rubino of Nutley (1:01:47).

After completing the swim in 6:17, Angelini zipped through the first transition in a lightning-fast 34 seconds to grab the lead he never relinquished. In fact, he only increased the gap during the bike course, sizzling the field in 29:32 for the only sub-30-minute time. Angelini then cruised to a time of 19:28 for the 5K part of the race en route to victory. Joseph Bodden of the Bronx, N.Y., took fourth in 1:04:29, while Riverton’s Bob Mueller was fifth in 1:04:35.

The first local competitor, also the first female, to cross the finish line was Manahawkin’s Jennifer Delaney, an LBI Tri Club representative who completed the course in 1:06:14. Rebecca Weiman of Downingtown, Pa., was the second female finisher and 13th overall, in 1:08:10, while Matawan’s Christie Patla was the third woman to cross the line, in 1:11:12.

The only other locals to place among the top 20 were Beach Haven’s William Wright, who placed 17th overall with a time of 1:08:47, and Long Beach Township’s Eric Leonard, who was right behind Wright in 18th place at 1:09:36. The youngest age-group winner in the field, Manahawkin 11-year-old Kendall Roma, placed 90th in 1:38:09, while the oldest age-group winner, West Creek’s 70-year-old Tom Resch, finished right behind Roma in 91st with a time of 1:39:22.

For the duathlon, the top three overall finishers were Steve Sievert of Tomball, Texas, in first at 1:04:05, Dave Dixon of Wilmington, Del., in second at 1:04:10, and Scott Burton of Southampton, Pa., in third at 1:07:55. The top three women were Plainsboro’s Lauren Rava (1:38:53), Vineland’s Jean Smith (1:42:47) and Tara Adams (1:52:04). The top three Aquabike finishers – who completed the swim and bike courses – were Karen Light of Wilmington, Del. (52:15), Westfield’s John Baran (1:01:00) and Fairview’s Tatiana Castrillon (1:17:12).

In the Run for Hope 5K race, 10 of the top-13 spots belonged to local competitors, starting with Manahawkin 14-year-old Andrew Bowker, who won the event in 17:53. He was followed by Manahawkin 17-year-old Alexander Reck in 18:15, while Matthew Magnifico of Danbury, Conn., swiped third in 18:17. West Creek’s Zachary Tanner (19:11) and Beach Haven’s Ivan Osipov (19:14) completed the top five, with Tuckerton’s Rachel Grant crossing the line sixth overall in 20:28. Ship Bottom’s Rip Wagner was ninth in 20:52, and Beach Haven’s Carlos Tapia grabbed 10th in 20:56. The 11th through 13th positions went to Barnegat’s Sean Matthews (21:34) and Manahawkin’s Isabella Wyckoff (12:40) and Scott Searles (21:56).

— David Biggy

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