ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (Sept. 14, 2018) – On a wet and cool Sunday morning, the ETSU triathlon program made history by hosting its first-ever triathlon event Sept. 16 at Watauga Dam in nearby Elizabethton, Tenn.
This year’s site for the “Beware the Bear” 2018 Central Regional Qualifier is a 20-mile trek from ETSU’s campus. Despite steady rains throughout the day, Thirty participants from seven NCAA institutions competed in the swim, bike and run events.
The Bucs turned in a strong finish in its first home meet, placing first among Division I programs and second overall as a team. Queens won the overall team event with 17 points, placing its top three in third, sixth and eighth place. ETSU finished close with 19 points on second, fifth and twelfth place performances.
Freshman Lane McDonald (South Bend, Ind.) took home the award for the highest finish among Division 1 competitors, placing second overall at 39:12 minutes. Sophomore Morgan James (Clovis, Calif.) earned the second place D1 award and took fifth place with a 40:56 time.
Sophomore Annika Cotner (Muskegon, Mich.) placed in the top-half of the 30-athlete field with a 44:06 mark — placing 12th. Fellow sophomore Hope Zimmerman (Crown Point, Ind.) was not far behind in 16th place with a time of 48:10.
Two other freshmen competed for ETSU in the “Beware the Bear” event, as Cameron Seeley (Blacksburg, Va.) followed immediately behind Zimmerman with a 48:23 time, while ETSU’s lone in-state competitor Skylar Dykes (Mount Carmel, Tenn.) finished at 54:20.
Up next for ETSU triathlon is the East Regional Qualifier in Huddleston, Va. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 8 a.m.
For more information on ETSU’s women’s triathlon, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the triathlon link.