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Falvey paces area triathletes at Donner

Michelle Falvey has a talent for multi-tasking.

The Grass Valley resident proved that with a second-place age group finish during the International Division at the Donner Lake Triathlon Sunday.

Falvey finished the one mile swim, 26 1/2 mile bicycle race and 6.4 mile run in a combined time of two hours, 36.32 seconds to lead western Nevada County’s 12-person contingent in 50th overall.



Falvey, who competed in the women’s 35-39 age group, improved 54 places from last year’s finish despite a serious leg injury suffered in a bicycle accident last October which put a crimp in her training.

“I stopped running in April (due to the injury), so was pretty nervous about getting off a hard bike (portion) and having a almost seven-mile run ahead of me at altitude,” she said.




“I don’t know how I pulled it off, but according to the results they gave me, I was running (20 seconds a mile better) than I did last year. That’s pretty good,” the former California State Polytechnic University-San Luis Obispo standout runner added.

Megan Michelson, a 2000 graduate of Nevada Union, was satisfied with her fifth-place finish (2:59.18) in the women’s 20-24 age group.

“This is the first time I’ve done an (International Division event). I was hoping to finish in three and a half hours, so I beat that,” she said. “I live in Tahoe City now, and I think being able to train at altitude (was an advantage).”

Evans Phelps, a Nevada City resident and Michelson’s mother, posted a time of 3:13.46 to take fourth in the women’s 50-54 age group.

Wenn Murphy, also of Nevada City, turned in a 2:54.32 to finish third in the women’s 20-24 division.

For the men, Scott McIntosh took third in the 50-54 age group with a time of 2:46.43. Michael Rodriguez, of Nevada City, was eighth at 2:57.56.

Grass Valley’s Robert Finn (3:25.10) took 17th.

Grass Valley’s John Seivert posted a time of 2:46.12 to take 12th in the 40-44 age group. Jaime Bate, of Nevada City, had a time of 3:12.13 to finish 56th.

In the 45-49 age group, Thomas Ward had a time of 3:19.22 to take 32nd.

In Saturday’s shorter Sprint Division, Nevada City’s Kaitlin Smith fin ished the 1/4 mile swim, two-mile bike race and six mile run in a time of 1:19.58 to take fourth in the women’s 19-and-under division.

Laura Ptucha-Skoog, of Nevada City, was 33rd in the women’s 25-29 age group with a time of 1:07.27.

Annette Means (1:02.12), also of Nevada City, took ninth in the 35-39 age group. Penn Valley’s Jeanette Summers finished with a time of 1:05.01 to take seventh in the 45-49 age group.

Paul Falvey was second in the men’s 45-49 age group and 11th overall with a time of 47:37.


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