Liberty sweeps top four places in YMCA Indoor Tri Challenge
February 8, 2015 | Lynchburg, Va.
Seniors Joseph Anderson and Ginny Mitchell paced Liberty University's men's and women's triathlon teams at Sunday's Indoor Y Tri Challenge, held at the Jamerson Family YMCA in Lynchburg, winning in 51 minutes, 58 seconds and finishing fourth overall in 1:04:06, respectively.
The ultra distance event started with a 1,000-yard pool swim, continued with a 12-mile stationary cycling stage, and concluded with a four-mile treadmill run. Anderson ranked first in all three phases — completing the swim in 11:50, the cycling in 17:20, and the run in 20:53.
Liberty featured 10 of the top 12 finishers out of a field of 29 competitors.
Two freshmen, Brennon Dunbar (58:40) and Megan Merryman (1:07:36), were the Flames' and Lady Flames' second finishers, taking second and ninth overall, respectively. Sophomore Tanner Smith (1:02:39) and freshman Madeline Griffin (1:08:00) were Liberty's third-place finishers, completing the course third and 10th overall.
Freshmen Travis Fehr (1:06:05) and John Davenport (1:06:45) finished fourth and fifth for the Flames' men, coming in sixth and eighth overall. Junior Bethany Jenkins (1:08:10) and freshman Hannah McDonald (1:09:19) took fourth and fifth for the Lady Flames, placing 11th and 12th overall.
Freshman Carson Faix (1:12:42) and junior Grace Tumminello (1:13:22) were Liberty's sixth-place male and female finishers in 17th and 18th place overall, followed closely by the seventh-place showings of junior Devante Lewis (20th in 1:14:07) and senior Hannah Baldino (21st in 1:14:10).
Complete results are available online.
Liberty will next compete in a second Y Tri Challenge, set for March 8 at the Downtown Lynchburg YMCA.