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The Elite Triathlon Academy at UCCS won Saturday's Mixed-Team Relay. (USA Triathlon)

Colorado Clinches Fourth Consecutive Collegiate Nationals Team Title

Elite Triathlon Academy at University of Colorado Colorado Springs wins Mixed-Team Relay

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Three-time defending champion University of Colorado added another team title to their collection Saturday at the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships. Colorado also won the men’s team title and the women’s team award went to California, while the Elite Triathlon Academy bested the Mixed-Team Relay field.

Colorado scored 3,926 combined points, edging out second-place team California by only two points. The CU Buffs have been dominant since 2010 and have now taken four consecutive team awards back to Boulder, Colo. California scored 3,924 points, and UCLA was third with 3,727.

The Colorado men had three finishers in the top eight, scoring 1,986 points for yet another men’s championship. California earned runners-up honors with 1,926 points, and Michigan took third place with 1,897 points.

Erika Erickson and her pair of second-place finishes propelled the California women to the top of the standings with 1,998 points. Colorado was second with 1,940 and the U.S. Military Academy scored 1,915 for third place.

Erickson also won the combined award for her performances in the Draft-Legal Collegiate Championship on Friday and the Olympic-distance championship on Saturday. Ben Kanute from Arizona locked up the combined award on men’s side with his back-to-back titles in the individual events. Recaps of Friday’s draft-legal event and Saturday’s Olympic-distance race are available on usatriathlon.org.

The Elite Triathlon Academy at University of Colorado Colorado Springs was nearly three minutes faster than the rest of the field in the Mixed-Team Relay, the final event of the Collegiate Nationals weekend. Avery Evenson, Luke Farkas, Johanna Gartman and Kevin McDowell combined their talents to finish in 1:06:15. California was second in 1:09:07, and U.S. Naval Academy was third with a time of 1:10:05.

“It was amazing to come out here in this team atmosphere and participate as a team,” McDowell said. “That’s not always a triathlon thing. You have a team, and you train with them, but to actually finish as a team and do this altogether when everyone has just as important of a role, it’s just one of the best things you could ask for.”

In all, 1,015 athletes representing 108 schools competed in the Olympic-distance Collegiate National Championship, an event that first began in 1994 at the Wildflower Triathlon.

Complete results are available here. 

2013 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships
Awards

Draft-Legal Collegiate Championship
Men’s Overall

1. Ben Kanute (Arizona), 58:26
2. Luke Farkas (UCCS), 58:40
3. Yoni Doron-Peters (Cal), 59:06

Women’s Overall
1. Erin Jones (UCCS), 1:04:00
2. Erika Erickson (California), 1:04:23
3. Johanna Gartman (UCCS), 1:04:38

Olympic-Distance National Championship
Men's Overall
1. Ben Kanute (Arizona), 1:46:36
2. Michael Poole (USF), 1:47:08
3. Alex Libin (Iowa), 1:47:15
4. Rodolphe Von Berg (Colorado),1:47:21

5. Steve Mantell (CSU), 1:47:30

Women's Overall
1. Michelle Mehnert (Colorado), 2:01:13
2. Erika Erickson (California), 2:02:28
3. Brittany Braden (San Diego State), 2:03:28
4. Christine Jackson (California), 2:03:37"
5. Samantha Morrison (USAFA), 2:03:46

Men’s Combined Award
1. Ben Kanute (Arizona), 550
2. Yoni Doron-Peters (California), 539
3. Ryan Petry (Arizona State), 535

Women’s Combined Award
1. Erika Erickson (California), 548
2. Samantha Morrison (USAFA), 543
3. Lauren Lewis (Texas A&M), 528

Overall Team Standings
1. Colorado, 3,926
2. California, 3,924
3. UCLA, 3,727
4. U.S. Naval Academy, 3,710
5. Arizona, 3,604

Women’s Team Standings
1. California, 1,998
2. Colorado, 1,940
3. U.S. Military Academy, 1,915
4. UCLA, 1,915
5. U.S. Naval Academy, 1,908

Men’s Team Standings
1. Colorado, 1,986
2. California,1,926
3. Michigan, 1,897
4. Stanford,1,876
5. Iowa, 1,847

Mixed Team Relay
1. University of Colorado Colorado Springs, 1:06:18
2. California Relay A, 1:09:07
3. U.S. Naval Academy, 1:10:05

Armed Services Team Champions: U.S. Naval Academy
Team Spirit Award:
University of Southern California

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