The first DUthe2 Duathlon, held Aug. 7 at Western Regional Park, in Glenwood, went off without a hitch.
That means that we could see an even larger turnout next summer. Once word gets out that the event is worth the effort, several hundred more people will likely join the 500-plus competitors that took part this weekend. Daniel Serpico, the race director, told me that getting 1,000 participants is not out of the question in the coming years.
I talked to several of the participants following the 4-mile run, the third and final phase of the duathlon, and every one of them stated that they would be back next year. To me, that was endorsement of Daniel's handling of the inaugural event and it spoke highly of the 50 volunteers and 20 official race event staff personnel who guided the athletes through the competition.
Adam Driscoll, of Baltimore, who had an issue with his blood sugar during the event, took first place with a time of 1:46. Suzy Serpico won the female category in 1:57.
Alan Davis, of Princeton Sports, was on the microphone and Daniel was clearly in charge and enjoying every bit of this inaugural event.
When you put good people in the right positions, that means good news for everybody.
Dragons announce new coaches
Two local faces will be roaming the sidelines as new varsity head coaches at Glenelg Country School this year, with Risto Worthington taking over boys lacrosse and Cliff Walcott leading boys soccer.
Washington, a 1995 Glenelg Country graduate who served on the Dragons' coaching staff for 10 years, replaces Tom Marechek. Washington brings a great deal of experience to the position — he is a member of the Finnish national team and on the coaching staff of Finland's national under-19 team.
After finishing 4-13 in 2011, Washington will be trying to help the team return to the MIAA B Conference Championship game it reached in 2010.
Walcott will be inheriting a rebuilding project as well, trying to turn around a program that graduated eight players from a 4-9 squad last season. He has coaching experience with the Soccer Association of Columbia, St. Vincent Pallotti High School, Howard High School and Glenelg Country and I believe the strong backgrounds of both coaches will provide for a quick learning curve.
SAC team winning in more ways than one
Having a better score on the scoreboard is traditionally the way winners are determined in today's sports world. But, as the Soccer Association of Columbia Girls rising U-14 Premier team proved this season, you can win in other ways as well.
In addition to placing first in its division, the team was nominated for the WAGS Sportsmanship Award in recognition of the "exceptional sportsmanship" exhibited by the team's players, coaches and parents.
Members of the team include Devon Bodziony, Ann Bonner, Nia Crump, Nia Dorsey, Brynn Drury, Rachel Feliu, Jen Giles, Kate Glaros, Jessie Hopkins, Rachel Lazris, Rebekah Markovitz, Kenzie Schulze, Zoe Smedley, Danni Steigerwald and Casey Summerson.
Chris Goodman, one of the team's coaches, put it best when he said, "winning and good sportsmanship are not mutually exclusive."