Both local triathletes were recognized from their success run in the XTERRA Saipan Championship and Tagaman Triathlon, with Morris topping his age group and Carey putting another show against visiting pros Renata Bucher of Switzerland and Austria’s Carina Wasle.

This is Carey’s third year to compete as a professional triathlete, having raced in various XTERRA events including the World Championship in Maui, Hawaii.

In this year’s XTERRA Saipan, Carey ranked fourth in the ladies’ pro pool at three hours, 13 minutes and 41 seconds despite two flat tires against Jacqui Slack of the UK, Wasle, and the eventual winner — Bucher.

A week later, the 2011 XTERRA Japan champion posted a third place finish in the 2012 Tagaman. Carey conquered this road race with 3:24:05 — just behind Slack (3:18:42) and Wasle (3:22:54).

Morris, on the other hand, finished 15th overall in XTERRA Saipan and was the third-fastest age group winner at 3:17:22.

Morris topped the men’s 30-34 division, beating visiting athletes Theo Goguely (3:20:58) and Gabriel Lombard (3:35:40).

He was one of four local triathletes to win their age group, along with Lewie Tenorio (men’s 40-44), Robyn Wondrasek (women’s 25-29), and Dawn Hammermeister (women’s 45-49).

Morris joined the relay category in Tagaman and finished with John Jenkins for a combined time of 5:19:58.

Young guns share honors

Aspiring triathlete Kaisei Toda and varsity basketball players Christian Mizer and Jaime Mendoza were recognized as the Student Athletes of the Month.

Toda was XTERRA Saipan’s youngest winner on its shorter sport course, posting the best time at 2:17:24.

The Saipan Southern High School student claimed the men’s 15-19 age group title then ruled the men’s 24-and-under division with 4:21:10 in Tagaman.

Mizer and Mendoza competed in the 2012 Settsu-Saipan Friendship Basketball Tournament in March 26-28.

Mizer joined the MISO All-Stars — a team comprising players from Marianas High, Saipan Southern High, and Tinian High School — and eventually clinched the boys’ title.

The All-Stars defeated the Kagman High School Ayuyus 90-58 in the finals while Mendoza’s team — the MHS Lady Dolphins — placed second in the girls’ division.



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