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.
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 Silver Medal 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:
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.
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.
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).
This week, Kirt, Oliver, Ivy, and Iver are headed to St. Petersburg, FL, to represent Team USA at the Biathle / Triathle World Championship. Relay competitions will be held on Thursday and Friday, followed by the individual events on Saturday and Sunday. Our events will be broadcast on UIPM TV. Wish us luck!