Former Albia and Drake running great, Tara Sciesinski, has taken a huge step in world-wide triathlon and duathlon competition. A member of the U.S. team competing in triathlon and duathlon, Sciesinski placed 9th in the world in her 30-34 age group in the World Championships of Triathlon in Sausanne, Switzerland, held Aug. 31.
She finished first among Americans in her age group and was the fifth American overall (out of 183), finishing 83rd out of 745 females worldwide. Her time was 8 hours, 30 minutes, 19 seconds.
“I thought that swimming in Lake Geneva would be really cold, but it was too warm for our wet suits,” she said. “It wasn’t a great time, but it was the toughest course I’ve ever done.”
Scieszinski will compete again in the Tri National Championships in November hoping to qualify for a spot on the USA team that will travel to Edmunton, Albert, Canada next fall for the CAN World Triathlon.
When not training in Albia, she joins another 30-34 age woman, Autumn Reinbold of Columbus, Ind., training with the Tri Loco club in Indiana. Reinbold finished fifth among U.S. competitors in the 30-34 age group, was 50th overall among U.S. females and came in 241st out of 745 females worldwide.
Scieszinski is the daughter of Mike and Marilee Scieszinski of Albia. Her high school cross country coach was Todd Ratliff.