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Wolfpack Pentathletes Win Four National Titles and Eight Medals at the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships

Wolfpack Pentathlon Club members won four 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.

Samantha Schultz, Tokyo-bound U.S. Olympian and National Champion of the Seniors female division poses with Kira Bardin (Silver Medalist of the U15 female division and, later, National Champion of the U15 mixed relay), Dr. Jeanette Lee (National Champion of the M30, M40, and M50 masters female divisions), and Iver Iverson (National Champion of the U13 male division) after the Awards Ceremony on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Amro Elgeziry, Tokyo-bound U.S. Olympian and National Champion of the Seniors male division poses with Kirt Iverson, National Champion of the M30, M40, and M50 masters male divisions, after the Awards Ceremony on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships

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.

Dr. Jeanette Lee poses with U.S. Olympian Samantha Schultz after facing her directly in the fencing event on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Dr. Jeanette Lee scores a touch in the fencing event on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Dr. Jeanette Lee takes aim at the targets during the laser-run (combined running and shooting) event on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Dr. Jeanette Lee breaks the tape in the laser-run event as the uncontested winner of the M30, M40, and M50 masters female divisions on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Dr. Jeanette Lee wins the Gold Medal and becomes the uncontested reigning National Champion of the M30, M40, and M50 masters female divisions on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships

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.

Iver Iverson makes an attack in the youth fencing event on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Iver Iverson competes in the youth laser-run event on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Iver Iverson wins the Gold Medal and becomes the uncontested reigning National Champion of the U13 male division on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships

Day 1 — U11, U13, and U15 Youth Female Divisions

On day 1, Kira Bardin won the Silver Medal in the U15 female division.

Kira Bardin takes a breath during the youth swimming event on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kira Bardin strikes at her opponent during the youth fencing event on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kira Bardin gets off to a strong start in the youth laser-run event on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kira Bardin wins the Silver Medal in the U15 female division on Day 1 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships

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.

Kirt Iverson (left) prepares to take his mark for the swimming event on Day 2 at the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kirt Iverson poses with fellow Wolfpack Pentathlon Club members Roy Michael Reyes and Jeffrey Deslich before facing them directly in the fencing event on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Roy Michael Reyes launches a fleche attack against his opponent in the fencing event on Day 2 of the USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kirt Iverson takes his first jump aboard Warren during the horse jumping event on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kirt Iverson shoots side-by-side with Amro Elgeziry in the laser-run event on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Roy Michael Reyes competes in the laser-run event on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kirt Iverson wins the Gold Medal in the M30, M40, and M50 male divisions, becoming the new reigning National Champion in those divisions on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships, and is joined by Mark Pohl and Phillip White on the podium

Day 2 — M60 Male Division

On Day 2, Jeffery Deslich won the Silver Medal in the M60 male division.

Jeffery Deslich (center of photo) takes his mark in the swimming event on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Jeffery Deslich (in the blue socks) advances against an opponent in the fencing event on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Jeffery Deslich takes his aim at the range during the laser-run event on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Jeffery Deslich wins the Silver Medal in the M60 division on Day 2 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships, joining Keith Berryhill on the podium

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.

Heidi Hendrick and Kirt Iverson win the Bronze Medal in the Mixed Relay (Seniors Division) on Day 3 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships, joining National Champions Avery Neimann and Barrett Celecki and Silver Medalists Victoria Ahaus and Caleb Allen on the podium.
Heidi Hendrick and Kirt Iverson, Bronze Medalists of the Mixed Relay (Seniors Division), pose with Avery Niemann and Barrett Celecki, Gold Medalists and National Champions, after the Awards Ceremony on Day 3 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships

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.

Kira Bardin gets her team off to a good start in the swimming event of the mixed relay on Day 3 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships.
Kira Bardin and Lucas Tang prepare for their next bout in the fencing event on Day 3 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kira Bardin joins fellow competitors on the shooting range during the laser-run event on Day 3 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kira Bardin and Lucas Tang are all smiles after completing the laser-run event on Day 3 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships
Kira Bardin and Lucas Tang win the Gold Medal of the Mixed Relay (U15 division), becoming the new reigning National Champions, on Day 3 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships.
All of the Mixed Relay competitors pose for a photo after the Awards Ceremony on Day 3 of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships

Recorded Live Coverage and Official Results

Go here for recorded live coverage of the 2021 USA Modern Pentathlon National Championships: https://www.ksvptv.com/usa-pentathlon-2021/

Go here for official results: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Modern-Pentathlon/Rankings-and-Results/Results/2021

Five Wolfpack Pentathletes Become Champions at the First Annual Wolfpack Regional Pentathlon

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).

For complete results, including results for Modern Tetrathlon and individual events across all divisions, see the results page here: https://wolfpackpentathlon.com/regional/

Kirt Iverson Takes Fifth Place at the 2021 USA Pentathlon World Cup Qualifier

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:

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Modern-Pentathlon/News/Articles-and-Releases/2021/February/28/World-Cup-Qualifiers—Sunday

Wolfpack Pentathlon Club Will Livestream Portions of USAPM Final Olympic Selection Event on 2/27-2/28/2021

Tune into the Wolfpack Pentathlon Instagram Page on 2/27/2021 and 2/28/2021 for livestreaming of portions of USA Modern Pentathlon’s final Olympic selection event for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics:

https://www.instagram.com/wolfpackpentathlon/

The women will be competing on 2/27/2021 and the men, including Wolfpack Pentathlon Club member Kirt Iverson, will be competing on 2/28/2021.

For more information about the event, see today’s USA Pentathlon press release:

https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Modern-Pentathlon/News/Articles-and-Releases/2021/February/22/USA-Pentathlon-Hosts-Final-Olympic-Selection-Event-in-Colorado-Springs-February-27-28

UIPM Puts on First-Ever Home Laser-Run Competition

The first-ever Home Laser-Run competition was put on by the UIPM on May 4-7, 2020. It was an exciting world-wide event that included qualifying rounds and finals in every age group, with the finals being live-streamed on UIPM TV on May 7.

Coach Kirt Iverson competed in the event as one of the only masters participants from the USA, taking 17th out of 35 in the male 40-59 qualifying rounds.

See the results here:

https://www.uipmworld.org/laserhomerun-information-page

If You Can Swim and Run, You Should Go to the Olympic Training Center on March 17-21, 2020

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.

For more information about recruiting efforts of USA Pentathlon, see the USA Pentathlon Team USA web site.

Wolfpack Pentathlon Club Members Take Evaluation Lesson at Isola Stables in Portola Valley, CA

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!

See https://www.isolaridingacademy.com/riding-lessons for more information.

Wolfpack Pentathlon Club Wins Multiple Awards at Placer County Pentathlon

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!

Oliver Iverson scored 205 points in the fencing event, setting a new Wolfpack Pentathon Club record.

Ivy Iverson Wins U11 Division at USA Pentathlon Olympic Qualifier #2

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 Iverson competes in the Laser-Run at the end of the USA Pentathlon Qualifier #2 event.
Ivy receives helpful advice from elite fencer Naomi Ross during the USA Pentathlon Qualifier #2 event.

Ivy scores one of a handful of double touches during the fencing event of the USA Pentathlon Qualifier #2 event.

Wolfpack Pentathlon Club Trains at Golden Gate Fencing Center

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!

Wolfpack Pentathlon Club is training at Golden Gate Fencing Center!

Iver Iverson Wins Bronze Medal in Biathle Boys U9 Event on Last Day of World Championships

Iver Iverson won the bronze medal in the Biathle Boys U9 event on the last day of the 2019 UIPM Biathle / Triathle World Championships, bringing Wolfpack Pentathlon Club’s final medal count to three.

Kirt Iverson took fifth-place in the Biathle Men Masters 40+ event, missing the podium by 60 seconds.

Heidi Hendrick, Iver Iverson, Ivy Iverson, Samantha Achterberg, and Kirt Iverson helped represent Team USA at the 2019 UIPM Biathle / Triathle World Championships

Two Medals Hauled In by Wolfpack Pentathlon Club at Third Day of Biathle / Triathle World Championships

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.

Kirt Iverson receives the Silver Medal in the Triathle Men Masters 40+ event at the 2019 UIPM Biathle / Triathle World Championships

Ivy and Iver Iverson of Wolfpack Pentathlon Club Get First Taste of Elite-Level Competition

At the first two days of the 2019 UIPM Biathle / Triathle World Championships, Ivy and Iver Iverson represented Team USA in the U11 Division in the Biathle Mixed Relay and the Triathle Mixed Relay events. At ages 9 and 7, respectively, Ivy and Iver faced athletes who were not only the best in the world, but up to two or three years older than them, and managed to hang in there.

After their second day of competition, Ivy and Iver were congratulated by none other than Janusz Gerard Pyciak-Peciak, individual gold medal winner at the 1976 Olympic Games in Modern Pentathlon (see featured image).

Ivy Iverson hands off to Iver Iverson in the Triathle Mixed Relay event (U11 division) at the 2019 UIPM Biathle / Triathle World Championship.