Flames triathlon competes internationally in New Zealand
October 23, 2012 | Auckland, New Zealand
The Liberty Flames triathlon team competed on the world stage at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships Oct. 14-22 in Auckland, New Zealand.
More than 2,500 of the world's best amateur athletes represented more than 40 countries in their respective age groups at the competition, part of the International Triathlon Union Triathlon Series Grand Final.
Parker Spencer, a senior from Lynchburg, Va., finished eighth in the 20-24 Sprint Race completing the course in 1 hour, 8 minutes, 1 second. Spencer finished only 3 minutes behind winner Michael Parsons from Great Britain, and was the top American finisher in the race.
Joseph Anderson, the only American competing in the 20-24 Olympic Race, finished 42nd in 2:24:54. Anderson came into the event off a banner fall college season, winning all three of his races, including the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference championship in Columbia, Md., Oct. 7.
Beth Frackleton, head coach of the Flames triathlon team, competed in the 50-54 Sprint Race, finished 19th in 1:29:38. Frackleton was the third American finisher in the race behind Karen Newman (second) and Tracy DiSabato-Aust (fourth).