A step above

uf0613-ciarahopkinsCiara Hopkins, a sophomore at Montverde Academy, is a rising star in the triathlon world. That was apparent when USA Triathlon (USAT) — the official governing body of the sport — released its national age group rankings in late March.

A resident of Clermont, Hopkins was ranked as the country’s second-best triathlete in the 15-year-and-under age group. She competes for the Triton Elite Multisport High Performance Team, which helps develop teenage triathletes to compete at the highest level of triathlon competitions. She is also a member of Montverde Academy’s cross country and track and field teams. At age 11, she became the youngest competitor to ever complete the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco.

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