Both winners from the 38th Heart o’ Dixie triathlon which was run Saturday were repeat winners from last year. Mary Robinson of Madison, left, won the women’s division and Tyson Pompelia of Collinsville won the men’s division.
Both winners from the 38th Heart o’ Dixie triathlon which was run Saturday were repeat winners from last year. Mary Robinson of Madison, left, won the women’s division and Tyson Pompelia of Collinsville won the men’s division.
By STEVE SWOGETINSKY

Kemper Messenger



Tyson Pompelia and Mary Robinson repeated as the men's and women's division champions Saturday at the 38th annual Heart o’ Dixie Triathlon.

But both said it wasn’t easy.

 “I had a good swim and came out of the water ahead of (second place finisher) Russell Simkins,” Pompelia said. “I want to get as much of a lead ahead of him in the bike part because I knew he was a good runner.

Simkins of Madison finished second with a time of 2:04.32, while Mike James of Brandon placed third with a time of 2:10.17.

Robinson was the first female finisher with a time of 2:16.28. She was pleased to win the race again but said it was a challenge. Robinson has been running for 10 years.

Taking second in the women's division was Lauren Nail of Brandon who placed second in 2:22.37. Christine Bosau-Slat of Niceville, Fla., was third with a time of 2:24.04.

Richard Goldman captured the Dickey Nowell Memorial Award for the 11th time Saturday in the 38th Heart o’ Dixie Triathlon.

The Dickey Nowell Award goes to the first Neshoba County competitor to finish. The award is given in memory of Nowell, former Philadelphia resident and a longtime participant in the Heart O’ Dixie. He ran in eight races before losing his battle with cancer.

Goldman finished sixth overall with a time of 2:11.49.

Kasey Gibson won the women’s version of the Nowell award after being the first female from Neshoba County to finish. She finished 148th overall with a time of 3:20:54.

Race director B.J. Morrow said 220 people signed up to participate in the Heart o’ Dixie with 195 actually starting the race.