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Locals shine at Hagg Lake

Two former Forest Grove cross country athletes impress with Top 20 performances at the Hagg Lake Triathlon
by: Chase Allgood Former Forest Grove High School cross country standout James Myers, 18, pedals toward the finish line of the Hagg Lake Triathlon on Saturday. Myers, a 2011 FGHS graduate, finished first in his age division and eighth overall in the grueling Olympic distance triathlon.

The Hagg Lake Triathlon celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday, and a few talented athletes helped give the event a decided local flair.

Recent Forest Grove High School graduate James Myers finished eighth overall in the Olympic distance triathlon after a fifth-place finish in the sprint distance last year, and fellow FGHS grad Nick Wallace added a 17th place finish in this year's Olympic triathlon.

Myers, who graduated from Forest Grove in June, finished the challenging Hagg Lake course in two hours, 15 minutes and 13 seconds, just five minutes off the pace set by overall winner Craig Dean of Portland (2:10.14).

Wallace, 21, a 2007 Forest Grove grad, finished the course in 2:20.19 to claim 17th place overall and third in his age division.

'It's a fantastic local event and one of the key multi-sport races in the region,' said Myers, 18, who easily won his age division.

'(It's) the most challenging course I've raced by far. I've raced the legendary San Francisco course and it's nowhere near the challenge the athletes will face (at Hagg Lake).'

Myers and Wallace highlighted a number of strong performances by local athletes, including a 21st-place effort in the sprint triathlon by Marco Ramirez, a rising senior at Forest Grove, plus Top 65 finishes in the Olympic distance by Cole Linehan and Todd Borchers, both former Banks High School athletes.

Borchers, 47, finished 55th in the Olympic triathlon, taming the Hagg Lake course in 2:39.01 to finish 10th in his age division. Linehan, 26, finished in 2:41.26 and brought home a 65th-place overall finish and third place in his age division.

Dashiel Penfield, 18, another 2011 Forest Grove graduate, finished 148th in the Olympic distance with a time of 3:44.38. He finished third in his age group.

Ramirez, 17, was the top local finisher in the sprint triathlon, racing to 21st place overall with a time of 1:18.24, which was also good for fifth place in his age division.

Other local athletes who competed in the sprint event included Carlos Calderon, 44, of Cornelius, who finished 121st overall and fourth in his age group (1:39.08); Tom Perkins, 63, of Forest Grove, who finished 162nd overall and fourth in his age division (1:47.44); and Tammy Schrader, 40, of Forest Grove, who finished 176th overall and 11th in her group (1:55.37).