Galbraith, Fairley post 1-2 finishes at Giant Acorn Triathlon
September 21, 2019 | Lake Anna, Va.
Liberty University sophomore Max Galbraith and graduate Mark Fairley took first and second, respectively, out of 77 contestants in the men's collegiate division of Saturday's Giant Acorn Triathlon Olympic-distance race at Lake Anna State Park.
Galbraith turned in the fastest cycling time of the day, averaging 25.4 mph to finish the 40-kilometer stage in 1 hour, 1 minute, 51.2 seconds. He completed the course, which started with a 1,500-meter swim and ended with a 10K run, in 2:04:54.
Fairley, a first-year team member, saved his best stage for last, clocking the second-fastest time in the 10K run (35:05) to finish exactly 30 seconds behind Galbraith overall.
"I am very proud of our team and the effort they exhibited," Liberty second-year Head Coach Heather Gollnick said. "Excellent performances were turned in by all, especially Max and Mark."
Fellow graduate student Grant Merry (18th in 2:22:48) and sophomore Ethan Kane (24th in 2:25:01) rounded out the scoring for the Flames' men.
"Laci is really hitting her stride and coming into her own on the bike with an impressive early-season performance," Gollnick said. "She improved by 13 minutes on the bike compared to last year's performance at Giant Acorn and bested her top overall time by 13 minutes as well. Taylor continued to impress as her hard work over the offseason once again paid dividends."
Sophomore Carrington Erquiaga (14th in 2:46:31) and Chloe Bechtel (17th in 2:49:25) finished third and fourth, respectively, for the Lady Flames.
Complete results are available online.
Overall, eight Flames and Lady Flames completed their first-ever Olympic-distance triathlons, which will help prepare them for the Kinetic Cup Triathlon Festival, which also serves as the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Regional Championships, that Liberty will host Oct. 19 at Smith Mountain Lake.
"I continue to be impressed by the work ethic of these young athletes and their desire to take on new challenges," Gollnick said. "I look forward to helping them achieve their triathlon goals and to develop the skill set necessary to take their performance to the next level."