Triathlon Claims Top Individual Winners at MACTC Championships
Columbia, Md. – Competing in their first Olympic distance event of the season, Marymount University freshmen Collin Chartier and Melissa Teeple both won individual titles at the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference Championships on Sunday. The duo, along with fellow qualifiers Carlos Elizondo and Matt Ward, advances to compete at the 2014 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships in April.
The top overall collegiate finisher, Chartier won the event with a time of 2:03:42 and paced the field from start to finish. First out of the water in just over 18 minutes, he kept his lead over the pack and remained first overall after finishing the 25-mile bike trek in 62 minutes. Transitioning to the run, Chartier posted a 40-minute 10K time to seal the championship victory.
Just as impressive as Chartier’s post-to-post victory was Teeple’s steady come-from-behind win on the women’s side with a time of 2:22:00. Ninth out of the water after posting a 22:24 in the mile, she used her quick transition onto the bike to move into sixth place before hitting the road. On the bike, she posted a time of 1:15:48 to move into second overall going into her strongest event just 25 seconds off the lead. In the 10K, Teeple’s time of 41:24 vaulted her to the title by over four minutes over her nearest competitor.
Similar to Teeple, Elizondo steadily crept up on his opponents to finish 30th overall with a time of 2:20:25. Starting with his weakest event, he posted a respectable 22:20 in the swim to come out in 60th place. From there, Elizondo tore through the pack on the bike and eclipsed 16 racers with a time of 1:12:22 to go into the 10K in 36th place. Dropping one spot after the transition, he made up his ground with a time of 41:18 to finish 30th overall.
In a reverse of Elizondo, Ward took advantage of his strongest event from the get-go to finish 74th overall with a time of 2:38:04. Posting a 20:59 in the swim, Ward was 33rd out of the water on the men’s side and moved into 31st after a quick transition onto the bike. He fell to 70th after finishing the grueling 25 miles in 1:24:47 but kept steady down the stretch to finish the 10K in 49:07.
Marymount returns to action in April as the squad travels to Tempe, Ariz., to take part in the 2014 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships.