Earning slots on the CNMI Triathlon Team to the quadrennial meet were Kieran Daly, Matthew Mancao, and Lewie Tenorio. Tinian's Joshua Manglona is one of the two alternates.

Saipan Adventure Sports Club, which is in charge of forming the triathlon team that will represent the Commonwealth to the Micro Games, used Tagaman as qualifier to determine the composition of the squad. Before Tagaman, nine male triathletes had expressed their interests in competing for slots on the team. Only three male and two alternates, will be chosen, thus a qualifier was needed to select winners of the slots.

SASC then decided the first three among the nine hopefuls to finish the Tagaman will earn spots on the team and the next two will be named alternates

Daly was the first one to book a slot, completing the 2-kilometer swim, 60-km bike leg, and 15-km run part in three hours, 39 minutes, and 49 seconds. The Pacific Islands Club Saipan general manager was also the first finisher among all Saipan male triathletes and 23rd overall, clocking in at 33:12 in the swim leg, 1:45:44 in the bike portion, and 1:17:57 in the run part.

Mancao was 27th overall and second among Saipan's male triathletes posting 39:47 in the swim, 1:47:09 in the bike, and 1:15:03 in the run for a total time of 3:44:37. Mancao improved significantly in the bike leg, as he is now training under Guam-based rider Jazy Garcia.

“Though I am in Guam and will not be able to join the rest of the team on Saipan in case I am selected, I will continue to train with the help of Jazy,” Mancao said before the Tagaman race.

Butch Sublemente was the third finisher among Saipan's male triathletes, but could not make it to this year's Micronesian Games due to financial constraints, giving the third slot to Tenorio.

Tenorio was the fifth finisher among Saipan bets and 45th overall, one notch behind Tyce Mister, who was not on the list of the nine triathletes who tried out for Micro Games slots. Tenorio's total time was 3:55:18, timing in at 35:15 in the swim race, 1:57:36 in the bike leg, and 1:19:24 in the run part.

Manglona was seventh among the CNMI's bets and 50th overall, posting 42:24 in the swim leg, 2:04:26 in the bike race, and 1:16:53 in the run portion for a total time of 4:09:18.

SASC has yet to name the second and last alternate, but if the Tagaman time will be the basis for selection, Roland Villaria (4:19:41) has the edge over Manny Sitchon (4:33:58) and Brad Ruzsala (4:38:09).

In the women's division, Mieko Carey had already secured the lone slot.

In the 2006 Micro Games, the CNMI won silver medals in the men's individual division and team event. In the women's individual division, the CNMI took a bronze medal. The CNMI Team was composed of Natasha Good, Dirk Sharer, Sublemente, Tyce, and Tenorio.

By Roselyn Monroyo
, Saipan Tribune


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