Jeff Storie thinks a little competition is healthy for everybody.
That’s why he thinks more Lompocans should compete in the various Lompoc-based athletic events.
One of those events was held Saturday at the Lompoc Aquatic Center, the seventh annual Hank Hudson Memorial Triathlon.
Storie, the LAC’s aquatics supervisor, said about 92 people competed in the Hudson, about 10 less than the average of previous years.
He says one reason the numbers were a little down in 2013 was because some Lompocans decided to run in a noncompetitive event in Santa Barbara held the same day.
People from all over, including San Luis Obispo County, Santa Maria and as far south as Sherman Oaks, competed in the triathlon, which consisted of a 500-meter swim, an 11-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run.
“I really wish the community would be a little more involved,” Storie said. “I would say we’re probably 50-50. Fifty percent are Lompocans, and the other 50 percent are from out of town.”
Amanda Hahn, from Sherman Oaks, was the overall top female finisher, shattering the previous course record with a final time of 56 minutes, 2 seconds.
Brian Wallace, from Lompoc, did what he seems to always do, dominate the male division. He finished in 55 minutes, 44 seconds. He set a record in the 35-39-year-old age group.
Hahn is a professional triathlete. She ran cross country and track at Florida State.
“I think I’m the only pro triathlete out here today,” Hahn said. “There’s still some talented people out here, obviously. People in their 30s and 40s, they’re still doing awesome and kicking butt.”
Christine Reed, from Arroyo Grande, was the second overall female competitor, finishing in 1:03:16.
Reed said this was her fourth year at the Hudson.
“It’s just such a great community event,” Reed said. “The energy out here is great, you see a lot of first timers getting introduced to triathlons and that’s really exciting. The kids event. It kind of gets everybody involved in health and fitness and the spirit of the triathlon.”
Reed also enjoys the competitiveness of triathlons and thinks everyone benefits from it.
“There’s always healthy competition out there, you never know who is going to show up, you never know if you’re going to be one of the top placers,” she said. “It’s always fun to see who’s coming out every year. Each year you never know who all you’re going to be competing against.”
Brent Bundy, of Vandenberg, was the second male to cross the line at 58:35 and Ross Rembac was the third male overall at 1:00:03.
Olivia Cuisimano, from Santa Barbara, was the third female to finish in 1:03:44.
In the road bike category, Josh Wood won the 17-19 age group in 1:14:58, Rick Ives (1:09:29) won the 25-29, Nate Ogan (1:01:49) finished second in the male 30-35 behind Bundy and Robert Quintana (1:05:02) finished second in the 35-39 age group behind Wallace.
Brian Quintana (1:07:16) won the male 40-44 group, Victor Porter (1:06.29) finished behind Rembac’s age-group record time, Michael Lopez (1:12.05) won the 50-54 age group, Rick Hummel (1:03:23) won the 55-59 group, Hack Wyn (1:08:41) won the 60-69 group and Ed Travis (1:31:44) won the 70-plus group.
Andrew Boniface (1:05:50) set a record in the men’s 20-29 age group in the mountain bike category and Terra Colburn (1:10:14) did the same in the female mountain bike category in the same age group.
Betty Lee (1:11:28) set a course record in the 40-49 mountain bike group, Nicky Puckett (1:32:50) did the same in the 60-plus age group, shattering the previous record of 1:48.55.
In relays, Paige Harris, Alana Michaels and Devon Bedell set a record in the female category at 1:01:40. Rebecca Ogletree, Michael McIntosh and Clint McIntosh won the family relay in record time of 59:48.
Kent Yankee, Nate Ogan and Mary Kelley won the coed relay in a record time of 56:15.
Hahn said her next event will be a triathlon in Chicago on Aug. 25.
“I’m doing the Life Time Fitness Series this year, that’s one of the larger pro series in the United States,” she said.
But after competing Saturday, her plans had nothing to do with triathlons.
“Now I’m going to Solvang and hit up some bakeries and wineries,” said the seventh-year pro triathlete.
The next Lompoc Parks and Recreation event is the Beattie Park Run on Sunday, Sept. 8.
Storie is hoping even more locals come out for that one.
“People seem to be shying away from competition,” he said. “There was a great event in Buellton during the spring and it was a mud run. I don’t know if it was a 5K or what, but they had a 1,000 people running through the mud. My guess is they’ll have at least 1,000 people in Santa Barbara today having colored dye thrown on them.
“People do stuff, but they’ve shied away from competition. They don’t want to be measured anymore which is kind of too bad. So what if you come in last or 10 people beat you? So what? It’s kind of too bad people take it so seriously that they don’t want to be compared, but that’s the way life is.”
Storie said that triathlons are not too hard to train for, especially sprint triathlons which rarely take more than 90 minutes to complete. He said another great way to get into triathlons is competing in a relay. Each member of a team just does one part of the triathlon, either swimming, biking or running.
“I wish that Lompoc would get involved,” Storie said. “Initially they can just try the relay. You can run, or bike, or swim. Get a team together and that kind of gets the competitive spirit going. You can say, ‘Maybe next year I’ll do it by myself.’ Maybe that fuels them a little bit more.
“We encourage everybody to at least try it, it’s a fun event and it’s very doable. And relays are great to test the water and go from there.”
Hank Hudson, a longtime Lompoc resident who died from cancer in 2008, founded Graphic Systems Printers in 1981 and donated time and printing services to various sports teams, organizations and charities all over the Central Coast during his lifetime.