More than 1,000 athletes participate in day of racing in Lubbock, Texas
LUBBOCK, Texas (April 18, 2009) - The Lone Star State attracted the top collegiate triathletes Saturday, April 18 for the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship, where athletes battled chilly early conditions and a challenging bike course at Buffalo Springs Lake.
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Both of last year's winning teams repeated in 2009, where athletes again competed on an Olympic distance course (1.5k swim, 40k bike, 10k run).
UC Berkeley, led by male overall champion John Dahlz, edged Navy by one point to win the men's team race. UC San Diego dominated on the women's side with runner-up Colorado nearly 30 points back.
Navy claimed the combined team title.
Colorado's Jessica Broderick was the individual winner of the women's race.
Participants represented 103 colleges and universities from around the nation.
Dahlz, who has battled back from injuries suffered in a recent cycling crash, finished with a time of 2:01:13. He was second out of the water with a 21:05 swim leg in 53-degree water. He posted the best bike leg among the leaders, averaging 24.4 mph and held his lead with a 10k run of 36:31. Derek Oskutis of Navy was closing on Dahlz thanks to a 34:14 run split.
"That was probably one of the hardest races I've ever done. Deceptively hilly. The swim was cold, the run was hot - it was a little bit of everything," Dahlz said. "I couldn't warm up for the swim. I swam as hard as I could to try and warm up. I got into a rhythm on the bike, but I was so cold. Right around mile 2 of the run I started overheating somehow. I just was trying to stay upright for the final 4 miles."
Dahlz was one of many competitors afflicted by the conditions. A cool start to the day - 38 degrees when athletes were checking their bikes in the transition area before the sun came up - gave way to sunny skies and dry, warm air with temps rising into the low 70s.
Broderick, who said she is accustomed to training in cold water in Boulder, used a swim of 23:15, a bike leg of 1:11:36 and a run of 40:24 to hold off Ashley Morgan of Army, one of the pre-race favorites who shines on the bike and run.
"I gave everything I had on the run knowing that Ashley [Morgan] is a strong runner," Broderick said. "I couldn't have done it without my team here screaming for me - it was amazing."
The event concluded with an awards ceremony at the host hotel.
Go to the USA Triathlon website for the complete results.
Team spirit was on display all day as athletes remained at the venue to cheer teammates in later waves and friends in the Twenty-12 Talent ID races. Click here to read more about the Twenty-12 Race.
See the photo gallery from race day.
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