TEMPE, Arizona — Colorado State University’s Hayley Belles, Meghan Smith and Katrina Lems earned the first podium sweep in USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships history on Saturday afternoon in Tempe, Arizona. The Rams dominated the women’s Olympic-distance race, while Queens University of Charlotte was unstoppable in the men’s race, led by individual champion Jack Felix.
About 1,200 collegiate athletes from more than 100 club teams competed in the marquee event of Collegiate Club Nationals weekend. The Olympic-distance course was centered at Tempe Beach Park and featured a 1,500-meter swim, 41-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run.
Rachel Zilinskas of the University of Minnesota had the top women’s swim of the day, exiting the water in 19 minutes, 2 seconds. The University of Florida’s Nicole Stafford was not far behind though, overtaking the Minnesota athlete in transition.
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Race on the same course as Olympians, Collegiate Champions and World Age Group Champions! There is a reason why everybody comes to Havasu. The Havasu Triathlon is a great triathlon on a challenging course. With great weather and and located in one of the premier Spring Break and vacation destinations in the United States, Havasu offers triathletes and their families the perfect triathlon getaway.
Are you from snow, doom and gloom country? Well we cordially invite you to escape. The Havasu Triathlon annually welcomes athletes from over 35 states, making it one of the premier early season races in the USA. The Havasu Triathlon 2018 invites you to escape the never ending cold and gloom of winter and enjoy Spring Break in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.
Kick off the spring season this April at one of the fastest races in Colorado. Louisville offers fast flowing corners, a power incline, and wide open roads to really put the hammer down! Come shake off the rust and open up the throttle at the Louisville Criterium!
We’ll have great prizes from our sponsors, plus a lively expo to keep spectators well fed, caffeinated, and entertained! Let’s kick off the 2017 Colorado Cycling Season in style!
This special performance will benefit the Front Rangers Cycling Club, a Metro Denver nonprofit that has been putting kids on bikes since 1993. The FRCC have 2 important programs for youth: an outreach program in collaboration with Denver Police Department that takes disadvantaged youth on a bicycle rides and outings once a month; and a junior cycling team that meets weekly providing an opportunity for youth train and race road, mountain bike and cyclocross.
And yes, Colorado Mesa is getting in on the ground floor. The Mavericks will offer men’s and women’s triathlon next fall, the first college in Colorado to offer the emerging sport.
Triathlon will bring CMU’s number of varsity sports to 26.
Only 16 other schools across the nation offer the sport now, said Tom Spicer, CMU’s athletic director, and when 40 schools field teams, it can become an NCAA championship sport. USA Triathlon currently runs a collegiate championship.
The Mavericks hope to have 6-8 student-athletes per team next fall, and Geoff Hanson, CMU’s swim coach who will coach the triathletes, said he’s already had one senior swimmer talk to him about using his fifth year of eligibility to compete in triathlon.
“It’s more common than you think,” Hanson said of swimmers jumping into triathlon, as well as track athletes and cyclists crossing over. “It’s a way to keep swimming and a way to stay in shape, and adding other sports.
“There’s a big base of talent in the Front Range, Phoenix, a lot of youth triathlons. It’s a matter of getting the word out to some of these folks.”