Race Date One Month Away
March 17, 2010 (Colorado Springs, CO) – With the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship set for Saturday, April 17, the nation’s top college triathletes are just one month away from returning to Lubbock, Texas, for a shot at a national title.
The perennially strong University of Colorado triathlon team will be sending a strong contingent, including the reigning women’s champion, Jessica Broderick. The Buffaloes took third last year in the combined team results.
As of Monday, 724 student-athletes from 82 collegiate clubs have committed to toe the starting line at Buffalo Springs Lake. The United States’ top collegiate triathlon event is being held in Lubbock for the second straight year.
The Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship, which features a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run, will start at 9 a.m.
The Collegiate Sprint Triathlon, comprised of a 500-meter swim, 17.6-mile bike and 5-kilometer run, will start at 12:30 p.m. As of Monday, 147 competitors have signed up for the sprint event.
“USA Triathlon is excited to bring our Collegiate National Championship back to Lubbock,” said Jeff Dyrek, USAT’s national events director.
“We experienced great support from the community last year, and we look forward to an even better turn out this year. Area sports fans will have a unique opportunity to see the next generation of triathlon stars today.”
The U.S. Naval Academy, which claimed the overall team title in 2009, will look to repeat as champion in 2010. Joining Navy in the field will be local favorite Texas Tech University, as well as Lone Star State squads from Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas at Tyler.
The USAT Collegiate National Championship has been a springboard to success for some of the nation’s top up-and-coming triathletes. USA Triathlon Project 2012 team members Steve Sexton and Kevin Collington, as well as Project 2016 team member Barrett Brandon, were collegiate national champions in recent years.