White competes for world title Triathlon

November 15, 1997|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Amanda White, a standout distance runner and swimmer at Dulaney High and Stanford, will be among the 200 athletes from the United States competing in tomorrow's International Triathlon Union World Championship in Perth, Australia.

White, who graduated from Stanford in June and spent the summer and fall training for triathlons at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., qualified for the U.S. national team in August by finishing fourth in her age group (20-24) at the Columbia Triathlon.

"I got into triathlons by accident," said White, who arrived in Australia 2 1/2 weeks ago to allow her body time to adjust to the 13-hour time difference.

"The summer after my freshman year of college, I was home looking for a running race to do one weekend and I noticed there was a sprint triathlon in Pennsylvania called the Governor's Cup. My dad dug out one of our old bikes and I ended up winning the race."

White, The Sun's only two-time High School Athlete of the Year (1992, 1993), and Baltimore-area residents Ray Plotecia and Malonnie Kinnison will compete in a field that includes more than 1,500 athletes from 50 countries. The race consists of a 1.5-kilometer swim, followed by a 40K bike ride and a 10K run.

"My goal is to finish in the top three in my age group," said White, who plans to turn professional next year and live in San Diego, which she calls a haven for triathletes. "My swimming and running have always been strong, but my biking still has a ways to go."

Pub Date: 11/15/97

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