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Liberty athletes excel in YMCA indoor triathlon challenge

February 23, 2014  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Several members of Liberty University's triathlon team competed in Sunday's Y Tri Challenge, an indoor triathlon held at the Jamerson Family YMCA in Lynchburg, Va.

In the Ultra Division, which featured a 1,000-yard swim, 12-mile stationary cycling stage, and four-mile run on a treadmill, Lady Flames junior Hannah Baldino was her team's only representative and finished fourth in 1 hour, 11 minutes, 33 seconds. She was in second place after the swim, which she completed in 15:39, but had the slowest transition time out of the 10 participants from the pool to the bike, taking 3:06 to change. Baldino then was the third-fastest cyclist, finishing in 20:26, and had the third-fastest transition time from the bike to the run, requiring only 47 seconds. However, she ranked seventh on the treadmill with a time of 31:35, for a 7:54 mile pace.

The Sprint Division was exactly half the distance of the Ultra race, with a 500-yard swim, a six-mile cycling stage, and a two-mile run. Blake Williams, who graduated off of Liberty's team last year, was the overall winner out of 24 contestants in 30:20. He ranked fifth in the swim (7:02), first in the transition from the pool to the bike (1:02), 10th in the cycling stage (10:36) and first on the treadmill (10:49).

Liberty junior Jake Ingersoll placed third in 33:50, posting the third-fastest running time (6:54). Lady Flames junior Ashley Fouse was the fastest overall female in 34:00, in large part due to her first-place cycling time of 9:52 on the heels of her fourth-place time in the pool (6:46). Senior teammate Zoie Dobranski finished second among women and seventh overall in 35:34 on the strength of her fifth-place running time (14:03) as well as her transition phases, ranking fourth from the pool to the bike (1:23) and sixth from the bike to the run (0:42).

Senior William Daugherty was Liberty's fourth-fastest competitor and placed eighth overall in 36:07 after getting out to an excellent start in the pool, ranking third in 6:30. Fellow Flames senior Devane Lewis started out nearly two and a half minutes behind Daugherty after the swim (8:59) but nearly caught him with his seventh-place showing in cycling (10:27) and fourth-place finish in the run (6:54), taking ninth overall in 36:23.

Liberty senior Kathryn Mullaly rounded out the top 10 in 36:59 paced by her sixth-fastest swim time of 7:08. She was followed closely by sophomore Rachel Walters (11th in 37:06), senior Dale Cartly (13th in 37:50), and sophomore Hannah Uvodich (14th in 39:29).

The team has done mostly indoor training throughout the winter in preparation for the April 4-5 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in Tempe, Ariz. That competition will include three championship races — a  750-meter swim, 20-kilometer cycling stage, and 5K run in the draft-legal sprint; the traditional 1,500-meter swim, 36K bike stage, and 10K run in the championship race; and a four-person mixed team relay, in which athletes will complete a 250-meter swim, a 5K cycling sprint, and a 1.2K run.

Triathlon Links
Mar 2, TBD -
Smithfield Triathlon
at Smithfield Triathlon
Mar 2, TBD

at Belews Lake Triathlon
Apr 9, TBD

at USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals
Apr 25, TBD

at USA Triathlon Collegiate Nationals
Apr 26, TBD

Full Schedule

Oct 17
vs. Liberty Triathlon
Merryman - 2nd

Sep 13
at Patriots Sprint Triathlon
Merryman - 4th

Apr 11
at Arlington Place International
Anderson 13th place

Feb 8
vs. YMCA Indoor Triathlon
Anderson 4th place

Oct 18
vs. MACTC Champs
Anderson 13th place

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