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    September 24, 2016 Spotsylvania, Va. RSS |

    Liberty University freshman Thomas Sonnery-Cottet and senior Megan Merryman finished first in the men's and women's collegiate races at Saturday's Giant Acorn International Olympic-distance triathlon, directed by the Virginia and Maryland Triathlon Series at Lake Anna in Spotsylvania, Va.

    Merryman completed the women's race, which featured a 1.5-kilometer swim followed by a 42K cycling stage and 10K run, more than four minutes in front of Georgetown's Toria Sullivan in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 55 seconds. She posted the fastest women's run time (41:55), the second-fastest swim (23:39), and the third-fastest cycling stage (1:09:52).   

    In a 48-member field dominated by Navy, which placed eight women in the top 16, junior Madeline Griffin was the Lady Flames' second-highest place winner, finishing 28th in 2:56:14.

    For Sonnery-Cottet, from France, it was his first international distance race. He finished nearly a minute in front of his closest competitor, Navy's Brian Primeaux, winning in 1:59:41. Sonnery had the second-fastest swim (18:45) and cycling (1:02:05) times and the third-fastest run (37:03) in the 51-racer field.

    Liberty sophomore Travis Fehr placed 11th in 2:15:21 followed by junior Dillon Lesniak (18th in 2:22:33), Tyler Figgins (20th in 2:23:58), Jake King, a sophomore of the Flames' cycling team (25th in 2:29:52), and Tim Sosin (26th in 2:29:55).

    "We had many athletes finish their first Olympic-distance races today and others with personal best times," Liberty Head Coach Parker Spencer said. "Our team's hard work paid off well today and they are pumped and ready for the North Carolina Draft Legal and State Championship races next weekend (in Greensboro, N.C.)."

     Complete results from Saturday's race are available online.