Kirt Iverson and Mary Zoldak took sixth place for Team USA out of 11 teams in the mixed relay at the 2022 NORCECA Modern Pentathlon Championships, which were held on August 16-21, 2022, in Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The relay course for the horse jumping consisted of three combinations, each with different spacing and each ending with an oxer jump. The jumps of the first combination were set at 0.85 meters (~2′ 8″) and the jumps of the second and third combination were set at 0.9 meters (~3′).
Kirt and Mary scored 284 points in the horse jumping event, having one seven-point penalty for a knockdown and nine points in time penalties. Their score placed them into fifth place out of the 11 teams after the horse jumping.
In fencing, Kirt and Mary tied for last in the ranking round, but won two rounds in the bonus round, finishing in 9th place.
In swimming, Kirt and Mary were in last place; and in the laser-run, Kirt and Mary beat one team from the bunch start, finishing in 10th place.
Despite lower ranks in the fencing, swimming, and laser-run, Mary and Kirt only dropped one place during the day, holding on to sixth place for Team USA out of the 11 teams–mostly because of their successful ride at the start of the day.
Overall, it was a successful result for Team USA at this important international event. Here’s the order of finish by the countries represented: (1) Guatemala, (2) Argentina, (3) Mexico, (4) Cuba, (5) Dominican Republic, (6) USA, (7) Ecuador, (8) Venezuela, (9) Mixed 1, (10) Mixed 2, (11) Mixed 3.
Eight members of Wolfpack Pentathlon Club competed at the 2022 USA Pentathlon Multisport (USAPM) National Championships, which were held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, on August 13-14, 2022, and we posted some amazing results!
Kira Bardin won the Gold Medal in the U17 Girls Division and is now the reigning National Champion in that division.
In the U15 Girls Division, Neallie Gilles-Pade took fourth place.
In the U13 Boys Division, Sid Swaminathan won the Silver Medal and Iver Iverson won the Bronze Medal.
In the U13 Girls Division, Ivy Iverson won the Silver Medal.
In the Masters 30+ Divisions, Jeannette Lee and Kirt Iverson, last year’s National Champions, each won the Silver Medal in our respective female and male divisions.
In the Masters 60+ Division, Jeffery Deslich won the Bronze Medal.
Because the USAPM National Championships were also the Colorado State Games Championships, all of our medalists won corresponding medals in the Colorado Games as well.
Wolfpack Medal Count: 14 — 2 Gold, 8 Silver, and 4 Bronze !
Two Wolfpack pentathletes competed at USA Pentathlon Multisport National Team Qualifier #2, the last of the 2022 National Team qualifying events, which was held in Marietta, GA, on December 18-19, 2021.
Kira Bardin completed her first-ever full Modern Pentathlon, taking second place in the Youth division. She also finished in 17th-place overall in the women’s field. Kira scored a total of 594 points, taking 12th in the fencing (205 points), 14th in the riding (297 points), and 16th in the laser-run (92 points).
Kirt Iverson won the Silver Medal in the Masters Men 30+ division and finished in 7th-place overall in the men’s field. Kirt scored a total of 1037 points, taking 2nd in the riding (300 points), 8th in the fencing (190 points), 8th in the swimming (218 points), and 11th in the laser-run (329 points).
Wolfpack Pentathlon Club had three winners in the Youth divisions and three winners in the Masters divisions, in addition to podium and other finishers across all divisions, at USA Pentathlon Multisport (USAPM) Qualifier #1, held on October 23, 2021, in Davis, CA.
In the Youth divisions, Iver Iverson, current National Champion in the U13 division, won the U11 male division; Neallie Gillis-Pade won the U13 female division; and Siddant Swaminathan won the U15 male division.
In the Masters divisions, Casten Riepling won the 40+ male tetrathlon, Kirt Iverson won the 50+ male pentathlon, and Jeffrey Deslich won the 60+ male tetrathlon.
Amber LeCount, competing in her first-ever Modern Pentathlon, finished in 9th place in the Seniors (22+) female division, scoring 742 points (210 fencing, 292 points horse jumping, 65 points swimming, and 175 points laser-run).
In the Seniors (22+) male division, Kirt Iverson finished in 7th place, scoring 794 points (241 fencing, 0 horse jumping (DQ), 225 swimming, and 328 in laser-run); Casten Riepling finished in 8th place, scoring 715 points (196 fencing, 0 horse jumping (DNS), 142 swimming, and 378 laser-run); and Dylan Dullea finished in 11th place, scoring 366 points (142 fencing, 0 horse jumping (DNS), 0 swimming, and 224 laser-run).
Additionally, Marilyn DeMoraes took second place in the masters 30+ female tetrathlon, scoring 374 points (130 fencing, 0 swimming (DNS), and 244 laser-run) and Dr. Jeanette Lee took second-place in the 50+ female tetrathlon.
Wolfpack Pentathlon Club members won five National Championship titles and eight medals (four gold, two silver, and two bronze) at the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships, which were held on May 21-23, 2021, at the New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) in Roswell, New Mexico.
Day 1 — U17, U19, Juniors, Seniors, and Masters Female Divisions
On Day 1 of the competition, Dr. Jeanette Lee won the Gold Medal in the M30, M40, and M50 female divisions, becoming the uncontested reigning National Champion across those three masters female divisions.
Day 1 — U11, U13, and U15 Youth Male Divisions
On Day 1, Iver Iverson won the Gold Medal in the U13 male division and the Bronze Medal in the U11 male division, becoming the uncontested reigning National Champion in the U13 male division.
Day 1 — U11, U13, and U15 Youth Female Divisions
On day 1, Kira Bardin won the Gold Medal and became the National Champion in the U15 female division.
Day 2 — U17, U19, Juniors, Seniors, M30, M40, and M50 Male Divisions
On Day 2, Kirt Iverson won the Gold Medal in the M30, M40, and M50 male divisions, beating two or three challengers in each division, becoming the National Champion across those three divisions. Kirt also finished in fifth-place in the Seniors division and sixth place overall in the competition.
Day 2 — M60 Male Division
On Day 2, Jeffery Deslich won the Silver Medal in the M60 male division.
Day 3 — Seniors Mixed Relay
On Day 3, Kirt Iverson and Heidi Hendrick won the Bronze Medal in the Seniors Mixed Relay.
Heidi and Kirt got off to a great start, winning heat #2 of the swim with a time of 1:56 (0:54 for Heidi, 1:02 for Kirt) for the 200 yards, which put them in fourth place overall, just 20 points, 14 points, and 1 point behind the top three teams, respectively.
Next, Heidi and Kirt took third place in the fencing event with a team record of 27 victories and 13 defeats. Here is a video of an important bout that made the difference between third and fourth place.
In the horse jumping event, Heidi and Kirt shook off their nerves and were able to take third place. Here is a video of their ride.
Finally, Heidi and Kirt were able to hold onto their third-place position in the laser-run event, winning the Bronze Medal.
Day 3 — U15 Mixed Relay
On Day 3, Kira Bardin and her relay partner, Lucas Tang, won the Gold Medal in the U15 mixed relay, becoming the uncontested reigning National Champions in that division.
Wolfpack Pentathlon Club members dominated across age divisions at the First Annual Wolfpack Regional Pentathlon, which was held on May 9, 2021, at Palo Alto High School in Palo Alto, CA, and Isola Riding Academy in Portola Valley, CA.
In the Youth divisions, Kira Bardin (age 13) was the champion of the Juniors, U19, U17, and U15 female divisions of the Modern Pentathlon and Iver Iverson was the champion of the Modern Pentathlon in the U11 male division.
In the swimming event Kira swam 100 meters in 1:42.03 (converted from short course yards), finishing second overall across all Youth female divisions, and scoring 206 points.
In the fencing event, Kira took second place across all Youth female divisions. And, as the only youth competitor in the riding event, Kira took first place across all Youth divisions and earned 266 points. In the Laser-Run event, Kira ran 2 x 800 meters and cleared 2 x 5 hits at a 10-meter target in a time of 8:59, winning the U15 female division.
Kira’s totals of 1127 points in the U15 female division and 500 points in the Juniors, U19, and U17 divisions were enough to secure her victory across all of those divisions.
Iver Iverson won the U11 male swimming event, swimming 50 meters (converted from short course yards) in 0:48.37, earning 244 points. Iver scored 194 points in the fencing event, winning the U11 male division (uncontested). Iver also won the U11 male laser-run event, running 1 x 400 and clearing 5 hits at a 5-meter target in a time of 2:24, earning 596 points. Iver’s total of 1034 points was enough for him to secure his victory over three other competitors in the U11 male division.
In the Seniors Male division, Kirt Iverson won the Modern Pentathlon, scoring 1196 points (266 fencing, 217 swimming, 300 riding, and 413 laser-run). He also secured wins across the Masters 30+, 40+, and 50+ divisions, scoring 1354 points in those divisions (266 fencing, 248 swimming, 300 riding, and 540 laser-run).
Jeanette Lee won the Modern Pentathlon in the Masters 50+ female division, scoring 471 points (202 fencing, 151 swimming, and 118 laser-run). Jeanette also took first place in the Seniors female fencing event.
Jeffery Deslich won the Modern Pentathlon in the Masters 60+ male division, scoring 763 points (202 fencing, 218 swimming, and 343 laser-run).
Kirt Iverson of Wolfpack Pentathlon Club finished in fifth place out of the six male competitors invited to compete at the 2021 USA Pentathlon World Cup Qualifier, which was held in Colorado Springs, CO, on February 27-28, 2021.
Two of the top three finishers, Brendan Anderson and Sam Ruddock, will move on to compete in the 2021 World Cup series, where they will attempt to achieve a top 32 world ranking and thus earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. The first World Cup event will be held in Budapest, Hungary, on March 24-28.
En route to completing his first-ever full Modern Pentathlon, Kirt completed the ride with no penalties and with the second-fastest time. However, last-place finishes in the swimming and fencing competitions put Kirt at a disadvantage going into the laser-run, where he ended the competition in fifth place.
With his points accumulated during the qualifiers, Kirt moved up from 12th to 7th on the U.S. Men’s Ranking List.
Kirt’s next competition will be the U.S. National Championships in Roswell, NM, tentatively scheduled for April 30 – May 2, where he will be joined by at least seven other Wolfpack Pentathlon Club members. Participants will be competing for podium spots in the Youth (U11, U13, U15, U17, and U19), Seniors (21+) and Masters (40+, 50+, and 60+) divisions.
See the results of the 2021 USA Pentathlon Qualifier here:
If you can show Dr. G., High Performance Director at USA Pentathlon, that you have what it takes–in particular, a combination of running and swimming times that would earn you enough Pentathlon Points (see below) in a Modern Pentathlon competition–he will invite you to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO, for an exclusive training camp on March 17-21, 2020. Accommodations, meals, and training will be provided. You will be responsible only for your airfare.
For women, an example combination of times that satisfies the requirements is 2:15 for the 200-meter swim plus 11:45 for the two-mile run. For men, an example is 2:05 for the 200-meter swim and 10:30 for the two-mile run. For purposes of calculating your score for other combinations: each second in your swim time is equal to two seconds in your run time.
On Saturday, February 1, 2020, five members of Wolfpack Pentathlon Club–Dr. Jeanette Lee, Kirt Iverson, Ivy Iverson, Roy Michael Reyes, and Mona Leon (pictured below from left to right)–took a 30-minute evaluation lesson with Andrea Young at Isola Stables in Portola Valley, CA.
If you are interested in joining us for beginner group rides over the next couple of months, please contact Andrea at Isola Riding Academy and schedule your evaluation lesson ($75) as soon as possible!
Wolfpack Pentathlon Club had a good showing at the Placer County Pentathlon on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Ivy Iverson scored the second-highest number of Pentathlon points of all competitors at the event and won the U11 girls division (uncontested). Iver Iverson took second-place in the U11 Boys division. Kirt Iverson took third in the Senior (21-39) division and second in the Masters 50+ division. Oliver Iverson won the U15 Boys division (uncontested) after winning the swim and doing well in fencing. Roy Reyes had the fastest time in the Laser-Run out of all competitors and completed the swim for the first time!
At age 9, Ivy Iverson was the youngest competitor at the USA Pentathlon Qualifier #2, winning her U11 age division by default.
As she is not yet certified to compete in the equestrian discipline, Ivy competed in four of the five disciplines, a tetrathlon consisting of swimming, fencing, running, and laser-pistol shooting.
Ivy earned 567 Modern Pentathlon points, including 159 points for the swim (3:15.90 for 200-meters), 124 points for fencing, and 284 points for laser-run (16:56.00).
The event was held at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo on Saturday, 1/18/2020, and was the second of two qualifiers for the U.S. World Cup team. The top four competitors after the qualifiers will go on to compete at the Modern Pentathlon World Cup for a chance to represent Team USA at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Ivy scores one of a handful of double touches during the fencing event of the USA Pentathlon Qualifier #2 event.
On Sunday, December 15, 2019, six members of Wolfpack Pentathlon Club (Roy, Oliver, Marie, Ivy, Iver, and Kirt) attended a Modern-Pentathlon-specific fencing training session for beginners at Golden Gate Fencing Center (GGFC).
Three coaches, including Maureen Griffin, provided information on basic techniques, including taking control of the movement, using the “stop sign,” and using feel to judge distance to opponents.
Participants then competed in a round-robin tournament of one-touch bouts, with Oliver, Roy, and Kirt tying for first place.
Our next training session is scheduled for 1/11 or 1/12 at GGFC. Please contact Coach Kirt if you would like to join us!
At the third day of the 2019 UIPM Biathle / Triathle World Championships, Ivy Iverson took 12th place in the Triathle Girls U11 event. She was the first finisher from Team USA, leading Team USA to a Bronze Medal in the Triathle Girls U11 team competition.
Iver Iverson took 17th-place in the Triathle Boys U11 event (competing up one age division), in which Team USA won a Bronze Medal in the team competition.
Kirt Iverson won a Silver Medal in the Triathle Men Masters 40+ event and took third-place in the Men Masters 40+ / Men Masters 50+ Triathle finals.
That brings Wolfpack Pentathlon Club’s medal haul to two with one more day of competition remaining.