Flames fourth, Merryman second for fifth-place Lady Flames
September 11, 2016 | Williamsburg, Va.
Liberty University senior triathlete Megan Merryman was the second-fastest women's overall finisher at Sunday's Patriots Sprint Triathlon in Williamsburg, Va., completing the 750-meter swim in the Chesapeake Bay, 20-kilometer cycling stage, and 5K run in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 20 seconds.
Merryman moved up rapidly from her 13:44 swim time which left her in 25th place among women by clocking the fastest time on the bike ride along the Colonial Parkway (33:44) and second-fastest time on the run (19:27). She crossed the finish line just 37 seconds after the overall winner, Jocelyn Bonney from Charlotte, N.C.
Junior teammate Madeline Griffin was the second fastest Lady Flames finisher (65th in 1:26:44) followed by Rachel Walters (75th in 1:29:02), Caela Dunagan (76th in 1:29:22), and Sarah Parker (88th in 1:31:47), pacing the team to a fifth-place showing among Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference (MACTC) schools.
Liberty posted an even stronger overall showing in the men's race, finishing fourth among conference teams with Greg Schott placing 10th overall in 1:04:29. Thomas Sonnery-Cottet, a freshman from France and younger brother of women's cyclist Marie Sonnery-Cottet, finished 16th among collegiate athletes in 1:06:09 while Jake King, a sophomore cyclist competing in his first triathlon for Liberty, crossed the finish line 32nd in 1:10:36.
King was followed closely by freshman Sam Blackmon (35th in 1:11:17) and 6-foot, 5-inch junior Dillon Lesniak (37th in 1:11:35). Tyler Figgins (42nd in 1:12:42), Adam Williams (54th in 1:17:23), and Isaak Hoffman (58th in 1:19:01) rounded out the top seven for the Flames.
Liberty will next compete in the Sept. 24-25 Giant Acorn International, an Olympic-distance triathlon held at Lake Anna near Louisa, Va., before traveling to the Oct. 1-2 North Carolina State Championships in Greensboro, N.C., and hosting the Olympic-distance MACTC Conference and Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships on Oct. 15 at Smith Mountain Lake.