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Medical, PA Students Place First in Portland Triathlon Relay Event

Ian Penner Triathalon Winner with Med StudentsFirst-year medical students Devon Greer and Jesse Schonau-Taylor, and Ian Penner, first-year student in the Physician Assistant Program, won the Men's Relay Division of the Portland Triathlon, held over Labor Day weekend.

Competing as the "OHSU Future Doc Jocks," they finished the swim-ride-run course in two hours and twenty minutes. They placed ninth overall, four minutes ahead of their nearest Relay Division rivals – a mixed team.  

Penner, who cycled the hilly 40K middle leg, and Schonau-Taylor, who ran the final 10K leg, teamed up when they saw each other wearing shirts from previous triathlon events. The final link came together the day before the event when both saw Greer wearing a swim team t-shirt. They asked him to swim the 1.5K lead-off leg, and "we registered the morning of the event," recalled Schonau-Taylor. 

Dr. Edward Keenan, Associate Dean for Medical Education, commented: "Our students are encouraged to always strive for excellence, professionally and otherwise, and this performance attests to that goal." 

The trophy is on display on the fourth floor of the Basic Science Building.

Pictured above from left: Devon Greer, Ian Penner, Jesse Schonau-Taylor 


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