The medalists at the FAST camp triathlon are, from left, Rylie Harris, Rebecca Koenig, Mackenzie James, Eric Shackelford, Chase Hanson, and Conner Dawson. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Angela Simmons)
O’FALLON – District 90 student athletes completed the fifth annual FAST (Fitness and Sports Training) triathlon. The race puts the athletes to the ultimate test of their skills and endurance, all taking place in O’Fallon Community Park.
FAST Camp Head Coach and Carriel Junior High teacher Tracy Lauderdale explained the race. “There’s a 500 yard swim, a two mile run, and then a three mile bike ride. We have three groups beginning at each individual event, and then they all finish at one set finish line,” he said.
The first place overall finisher and earning the number one spot for boys was Eric Shackelford with a time of 42:40. Shackelford said “I’m tired, but I feel pretty good. I finished fourth last time, and I just really wanted to win.” Heading into eighth grade at Fulton Junior High, he participates in cross-country, track, soccer with Kixx, and is a Science Olympiad.
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