Triathletes compete, remain in Florida for training camp
March 8, 2015 | Clermont, Fla.
Liberty University senior triathlete Joseph Anderson placed 44th out of 56 competitors from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Japan, France, Columbia, and Peru in Saturday's Clermont CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup, held on the relatively flat Lake Louisa State Park course in Clermont, Fla.
He finished the sprint race, half the Olympic distance, in 1 hour, 1 minute, 15.1 seconds, including a time of 10:53 in the 750-meter lake swim, a 30:44 split for the 20-kilometer cycling stage, and a 17:50 5K run finish.
"For his first draft-legal professional race, Joey definitely did well competing against some of the best competition in the world," Flames first-year Head Coach Parker Spencer said.
He encouraged Anderson to enter the professional draft-legal race to push his limits in preparation for the April 24-25 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships in Clemson, S.C.
"We're taking a bit of a different direction with Joey," Spencer said. "The races he's been doing have been races he can easily do very well at, meaning top-five finishes. As an athlete, you know if you start competing at a higher level against higher competition, you're going to rise to the challenge. Having Joey compete against some of the top athletes in the world, the goal is to be at that level."
Liberty freshman Brennan Dunbar placed 21st out of 44 starters in the Age Group Draft Legal Men's race in 1:18:01.1.
Spencer, a former Liberty triathlete representing Endorphin Fitness, where he works full-time in Richmond, placed 29th on the first day of the U-25 Elite Development Men's Race in 1:04:17.6.
He finished behind two of the Flames' incoming recruits — Stone Dyson of Richmond, Va., who placed seventh in 59:59.7, and Brandon Siller of Danville, Ind. (26th in 1:03:48.8) — and ahead of another, Jason Wuertz of Chesapeake, Va., who placed 44th both days in 1:11:35.6 and 1:10:36.0, respectively. Spencer came in 24th in 1:02:43.5 on the second day.
Caleb Edmonds, who graduated from Liberty last spring, placed 12th in 1:01:42.8 on Day 1 and 13th in 1:00:42.2 on Day 2 while Flames graduate assistant Josh MacDonald entered but did not finish either race.
Both Edmonds and MacDonald are part of USA Triathlon's Collegiate Recruitment Program.
"The goal of that group is to go professional and it's an Olympic pipeline, trying to get them to go to that level," Spencer said.
Spencer and the Flames' past, current, and future Flames remained in Clermont, Fla., this week, spending their spring break at a triathlon training camp at the National Training Center, which has indoor and outdoor facilities. On Monday and Tuesday, athletes fine-tuned their cycling and swim techniques and did some running work. They also listened to lectures covering specific cycling components before using the outdoor pool for swimming practice.
"They are working with some of the best coaches in the country alongside a bunch of other Collegiate Recruitment athletes, many of whom are seeking their professional license in the sport," Spencer said.