On Saturday, the triathlon team was back in action for day two of the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships.
The race was a soggy one, with non-stop rain from start to finish. The water was calm as the 700 male competitors entered the water for a fast 1500-meter lake swim. The 40-kilometer bike course was slippery and congested. The 10-kilometer run, like the bike, was never flat.
Sophomore Collin Chartier led for the Saints. Chartier came off the bike in fifth position, right in the mix, but had a tough run. He held out for a 23rd-place finish. Fellow sophomore Carlos Elizondo used a strong bike/run combo to improve almost 100 places from last year's finish and cross the line in 44th place. Freshman Adam Sandberg had a solid first Nationals' appearance, placing 98th. Freshman Eric Kirouac unfortunately was unable to finish the race due to hypothermia.
This race wraps up the Saints' spring triathlon season.
Race report provided by assistant coach Calah Schlabach.