Calgary’s Russell Pennock Completes Golden Sweep Jr Nat Races

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Ottawa’s Samantha Klus caps off junior career with season’s first victory—

Aug 16,2014(ISN) – KELOWNA, B.C.—Calgary’s Russell Pennock capped off a perfect season on the National
Junior Series with his fourth straight win at the Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon on
Saturday, while Samantha Klus won her first title of the year in the women’s race in
Kelowna, B.C.

The 17 year old Pennock, who rattled off three straight victories including the
national championship title earlier this summer, took advantage of one of his best
750-metre swims of the season and ideal race conditions en route to climbing to the
top of the podium. Pennock came out of the water in third spot, and moved into the
front of the pack by the end of the 20-kilometre bike before separating himself from
the field for all four laps on the five-kilometre run to take the victory with a
time of 55:30.

“That was my last National Junior Series race so I wanted to make it a fun one and I
did,” said Pennock, whose sister Ellen was cheering on the sidelines fresh off
competing for Canada at the Commonwealth Games.

“It was nice to have Ellen back and cheering for me. It was a solid swim today. I
had to catch Myles Zagar on the bike. He is such a strong swimmer, and then I really
just enjoyed those final four laps as a junior on the run.”

Nicolas Gilbert, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., was the next best finisher in second place
at 56:14, while Montreal’s Jeremy Obrand won the race for the bronze medal after
stopping the clock at 56:22.

Pennock was unbeaten in his first three junior races this season including the
Canadian Junior Championship title in Magog, Que. He will now head to Edmonton to
represent Canada at the World Junior Championships.

“This (Kelowna) is probably my favourite triathlon. It is such a great race, but I’m
super excited to race in Edmonton.”

Ottawa’s Samantha Klus also capped off her junior triathlon career with a victory. A
third-place finisher at the national championships, Klus moved up two spots into
fifth following a strong transition from the swim onto the bike course where she
eventually led the top juniors in the country into second transition. Battling
stride-for-stride with Manitoba’s Kyla Roy, Klus finished on top when the dust
finally settled at the finish, clocking a time of 1:03:56.

“We didn’t work as well on the bike as I would have liked, but it feels good to be
on top,” said Klus. “This is my favourite race. It is such a beautiful race and so
organized. It was a fight to the finish today and I’m glad to get my first win.”

Winnipeg’s Roy settled for second spot at 1:04:02, while Annie-Kim Labarre, of
Joliette, Que., ran to the bronze medal with a time of 1:04:11.

The Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon continues on Sunday with the elite races.

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