With another win on the triathlon circuit, Kevin Nickel has placed his mark as the leading triathlete in the Midwest.
Nickel won the Mud?water Triathlon (Olympic Dis?tance) at Lake Afton July 12 and was the only participant to finish under 2 hours.
Although trailing by three minutes after the 0.93-mile swim, Nickel took charge in the 24.2-mile bike race averaging 25.99 mph. He held on to first place by completing the 6.2 mile run with a combined time of 1 hour, 58 minutes, 53 seconds.
Nickel, a graduate of Goessel High School and Tabor College, has been ranked No. 1 in Kansas in the 30-34 age group for three consecutive years and hopes to hold that position for the rest of the 2015 season.
Nickel also has earned the top spot in the Midwest, including states of Minne?sota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Kansas.
His win at Lawrence in June at the Legends 70 (70 miles) was the first time Nickel had won this event. He has also finished first in races this year at Emporia, Lees Summit, Mo., El Dorado and now Lake Afton.
Nickel has several short races on his schedule in Wichita, Hays and Hutchinson before competing in the National and World Championships in September.
Nickel trains around the Newton area. He is sponsored this year by Pinnacle Sports Medicine and Ortho?paedics/Sports Perfor?mance, Summit Surgical, Bicycle X-Change, Eddie U. Massage Clinic and First Gear Running Co.
By Delbert Peters
Special to the Free Press