KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (April 16, 2018) -- Working through less than favorable conditions (thanks to a strong spring storm system), members of ETSU’s triathlon team exceled at the Trideltathon triathlon on Sunday in Knoxville, Tenn.
Freshman Morgan James (Clovis, Calif.) was the top female finisher, with freshman teammate Annika Cotner (Muskegon, Mich.) the runner-up. Senior Marie Tipton (Mount Carmel, Ind.) was 4th in the females 20-24 age group.
Due to the time of year, the swim portion of the triathlon – a distance of 400 meters -- was held indoors. Due to the weather, the bike race was shortened to three miles, half its originally-scheduled distance. The three-mile run was not changed. Knoxville received nearly an inch of rain on Sunday.
“I’m proud of the team for performing so well under difficult conditions, said ETSU head coach Janine Pleasant. The bike race was shortened only an hour before the race, due to the heavy rain. They took it in stride and raced with grit.”
It’s been a successful off-season for the Bucs. The Trideltathon results came two weeks after James and Cotner finished 1-2 at the Bunny Hop 5K and Kid’s Dash in Johnson City.
ETSU begins its third season of collegiate triathlon next fall.
For more information on ETSU’s women’s Triathlon, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the Triathlon link.