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Tate wins triathlon
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Nashville native Jon Tate, 45, won the McMinnville City Triathlon early Saturday. The event was held at McMinnville Civic Center.

Jon Tate has been a regular at the McMinnville City Triathlon. Now the Nashville native can call himself a champion.

Tate, 45, crossed first in the local triathlon held Saturday morning, turning in a winning time of 1:18:40.2.

"I've been doing triathlons for five years. It always feels good to win, but it feels better to compete against great people like Josh Coleman," said Tate. 

Coleman was right on his friend's heels, finishing second at 1:18:58.1.

"We've competed eight times and he's finished in front 5 to 3," said Coleman.

"But who's counting," interjected Tate, who credits his speed on the bike for his first triathlon victory. He had previously won a duathlon (run/bike/run).

Tate noted he had competed in the local race 4-5 times previously, but Saturday was his first time to cross the line first.

Local athlete Kimberly Feno, 33, turned in the top female time, completing the 400-meter swim, 18-mile bike and 5K run in 1:28:25.3.

The local team of Jalyn Mart (swim), Kevin Key (bike) and Julie Nance (run) was top relay team.

Over 80 people competed in the event. 

More coverage will follow in Wednesday's Standard.