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Isabel Olivas looking for fifth consecutive Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon title

 
 
Isabel Olivas, 27, crosses the finishing line and wins the Public Escape to Miami Women's division for the second year in a row. The Publix Escape to Miami, one of the most unique events in Miami-Dade, brings over 2,000 athletes to compete in the "urban triathlon" in the heart of Miami, Florida on Sept. 23, 2012.
Isabel Olivas, 27, crosses the finishing line and wins the Public Escape to Miami Women's division for the second year in a row. The Publix Escape to Miami, one of the most unique events in Miami-Dade, brings over 2,000 athletes to compete in the "urban triathlon" in the heart of Miami, Florida on Sept. 23, 2012.
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Special to the Miami Herald

Triathlete Isabel Olivas will be returning to the Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon in hopes of winning a fifth consecutive female division title on Sunday.

With the triathlon sold out at 1,750 participants, she is expected to have many challengers who will be attempting to stop her from achieving another championship. Among the top contenders are Emilie Ney, who finished sixth last year, and 2010 fourth-place finisher Sandra Forero.

In the men’s division, 2011 runner-up Cobie Morales will vie with previous top-place finishers Diego Corredor and Michael McFeron to see who can take the title.

The Escape to Miami triathlon is considered one of the Florida’s elite competitions for being a true test of stamina, endurance and strength while set against a beautiful backdrop of Miami and the beach. Participants will be competing in either the Olympic distance or the Sprint distance in the early morning hours Sunday at Margret Pace Park, 1775 N. Bayshore Drive.

The Olympic distance will start off with the entrants being ferried offshore to Escape Island, where they will have to brave the waters of Biscayne during a .9-mile swim.

Once on shore, the athletes will have to transition to a 24.8-mile bike ride over the Julia Tuttle Causeway through the beach with a total of eight bridge crossing. When the triathletes complete the cycling portion, they will still have to make the journey over the MacArthur Cause to Star Island on a 6.2-mile run before making it back to the park for the finish.

Anyone expecting to be driving downtown or at the beach Sunday morning are advised there will be some road closures and delays along the route.

For more information visit: www.escapetomiamitriathlon.com.

Volleyball

• The Nova Southeastern volleyball team fell to Eckerd College in straight sets at the NSU Arena in the Don Taft University Center 25-13, 25-18, 25-11.

Dana Holger had eight kills to lead the Sharks, and Katie Pyles added five. Pyles led the team with nine digs and 14 assists.

Besides Shark Night, the national championship-winning NSU rowing team was recognized between the second and third sets. Its championship banner was unfurled in the west end zone.

• Barry University’s volleyball team dropped its Sunshine State Conference opener at No. 35 Rollins 25-21, 25-17, 25-19.

Barry (4-4, 0-1 Sunshine State Conference) had leads in the first and second sets, but couldn’t hold on, and Rollins (11-2, 1-0) seized control in the decisive third set and never gave it up.

Laine Cielena finished with 10 kills on 26 attempts with two errors for a .308 hitting percentage. Ivana Didanovic contributed eight kills.

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