Anderson wins Patriots Sprint Triathlon near Williamsburg
September 8, 2013 | Williamsburg, Va.
Liberty University junior Joseph Anderson, who became a professional triathlete this year and trained in Kampala, Uganda, over the summer, finished first out of more than 500 competitors at Sunday's Patriots Sprint near Williamsburg, Va.
Anderson completed the course in 59 minutes, 31 seconds. His splits included a time of 8:43 for the 750-meter swim in the James River, 31:28 for the 20-kilometer cycling stage along Route 5, and 16:46 for the 5K run on a path parallel to the bike course.
"He was first out of 298 men, who were mainly age-groupers and he's gone pro now," Liberty triathlon head coach Beth Frackleton said.
Anderson's transition time between the swim and cycling stages took 2:02 and his transition between the bike and run required just 34 seconds. His closest competitor was Jack Smith, 27, from Kutztown, Pa., who crossed the finish line in 59:40.
Anderson won his previous race, the Aug. 18 Luray Sprint, a Virginia Triathlon Series event, by more than five minutes in 1:17:42.
Saturday's Patriots Sprint, which started and ended at Anniversary Park near the site of America's first settlement in Jamestown in 1607, was an open race, unlike the upcoming Liberty University Collegiate Triathlon on campus on Sept. 21. But it did attract many collegiate athletes, including 18 from Liberty and several more from the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. It was considered part of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference series that includes schools from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.
Liberty teammate Robert Weisbach placed 26th overall in 1:05:35, completing the swim in 8:59, the bike ride in 35:32 and the 5K in 18:04, and Josiah Slaydon came in 36th in 1:07:36, finishing the swim in 9:56, the bike ride in 35:20 and the 5K run in 19:01. Also for the men, Jake Ingersoll took 116th in 1:14:56 (11:45 swim, 36:40 bike, 21:58 run).
The Lady Flames' top female finisher was senior Kathryn Mullaly, who placed 100th in 1:13:34, (10:51 swim, 36:42 bike, 22:30 run). Other top women's competitors were junior Hannah Baldino, who placed 198th in 1:20:49, Bethany Jenkins, who finished 201st in 1:20:53, Ashley Fouse who crossed the finish line 213th in 1:21:47 and Zoie Dobrzanski, who followed a split-second later, taking 214th in 1:21:47. Elizabeth Vernon placed 222nd in 1:22:41 and Ginny Mitchell was 233rd in 1:23:10.