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Mobjack rowers perform well at Head of Lafayette

The Mobjack Rowing Association’s fall rowing program enjoyed good results Sunday at the Head of the Lafayette, a 5,000-meter head race held on the Lafayette River in Norfolk.

The nine racers captured two gold medals, a silver and a bronze. Katelyn James and Taylor Hummel in the women’s junior double were first to race; they got caught on a course buoy and lost too much time disengaging their boat from the line. In the men’s junior single, Sebastian Knebl took first place (20:59), pulling the second fastest time of all men’s single events, with Preston Hudgins taking silver in the junior event.

Doug Sier also pulled a fast time (21:06) in the men’s master single. Sier’s raw time beat all the entries, but he took the bronze medal after older racers’ handicapped scores moved them ahead. Although Sier was the youngest (30) of the eight racers, a 77-year-old from North Carolina won the event with a 5:13 handicap and a 57-year-old from Occoquan squ...

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