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The 10th annual Barbara Schmidt Millar Celebration of Life Women’s Triathlon will hit the Cascade Shores community at Scotts Flat Lake a month earlier than its traditional late September date, as this year’s triathlon will take place Aug. 29.

Pre-event clinics will be held on the following dates: Swim clinic -10 a.m. to noon, July 31, at the Nevada Union High School pool; Three First-Timer’s Clinics – 7 p.m., Aug. 10 at Courthouse Athletic Club, 7 p.m. Aug. 18 at Club Sierra and 1:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at the packet pick-up location, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Outpatient Conference Rooms 110, 155 Glasson Drive, Grass Valley.

Packet pick-up will be noon to 3 p.m., Aug 28.

Triathlete and team registration closes Aug. 16. Walk/Run registration closes Aug. 28, at the close of Packet Pick-Up.

Cost is $35 for triathletes and each team member and $25 for walk/run participants. An additional $10 sponsorship is requested for non-county residents.

For more information, contact event director Cathy Anderson-Meyers via e-mail at or by phone at 273-6876.

Welz excels at youth event

Grass Valley’s Zach Welz moved to the front of the nation’s youth track and field class with a third-place finish in the pentathlon finals at the USA Track and Field Federation Junior Olympic Championships in Eugene, Oregon Tuesday.

Welz, who competes in the Midget age group (11-12), won the long jump with an unofficial distance of 16 feet, six inches.

He also tied for second in the high jump (4-9 1/2), was fourth in the 80-meter hurdles (13.35 seconds), sixth in the 1,500 (5:36.00) and seventh in the shot put (13-35)

Cole Stanford, also an area competitor, was 15th in the youth division’s (13-14) pentathlon championship.

He tied for seventh in the high jump with a height of 5-1.

Stanford took 15th in the 100 hurdles (16.70), 16th in the long jump (15-9 3/4), 17th in the 1,500 (5:31.86) and 18th in the shot put (29-8 1/4).

– The Union Staff

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