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Colorado Nabs Fifth Straight Overall Team Title at Collegiate Nationals
TEMPE, Ariz. — The University of Colorado once again came out on top, claiming victory with their fifth consecutive overall team title and the men’s team title, while UCLA took home the women’s team title and California won their second Mixed Team Relay title at Saturday’s USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships.
Colorado scored 4,028 combined points for the overall team title, which they have won since 2010. UCLA was the second-place team overall, collecting 4,007 points, and Cal’s men and women combined for third place in the team competition with 3,878 points. The team results were nearly the same as the 2013 event, where Cal finished second and UCLA was third.
Colorado’s men’s team was able to repeat their win from last year, thanks to Rudy Von Berg’s win in the Olympic-distance race, scoring 2,003 points. California men were second with 1,972 points, and the U.S. Naval Academy earned 1,960 points for third.
With Liz Noey and Laurence Delisle finishing 1-2 in the Olympic-distance race and Kelly Kosmo finishing third in the Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships, UCLA won the women’s title with 2,073 points. A total of 2,025 points put the Colorado women in second, and the University of Arizona TriCats women were third with 1,953 points.
Cal’s Erika Erickson was a repeat winner for the women’s combined award, once again earning two podium spots in the individual events. Ian Boggs from Indiana, the winner of Friday’s draft-legal sprint and fifth-place finisher in the Olympic-distance event, captured the men’s combined award. Full recaps of the Collegiate Nationals individual races are available on usatriathlon.org.
The California team of Erika Erickson, Greg Harper, Anna Kudej and Yoni Doron-Peters combined forces to win the third annual Mixed Team Relay event, the final race of a thrilling Collegiate Nationals weekend. Cal bested the field of 40 teams, crossing the line in 1:10:32, nearly a minute ahead of second-place team Cal Poly, who finished in 1:11:26. UCLA rounded out the relay podium, logging a time of 1:11:45.
“This was amazing. Being able to race with the whole team watching was unbelievable. This race has been kind of a tradition for our team since the first year they introduced it. We love it,” said Doron-Peters, who was on the Cal team that won the inaugural relay event in 2012. “I kind of knew we had at least a 15-20 second lead. I was pretty confident I would be able to pull away on the swim and bike and I was just hoping to survive the run after a long day.”
Complete results from all events from Collegiate Nationals, including the traditional Olympic-distance race and Friday’s Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships, are available here.
2014 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships
Draft-Legal Collegiate Championships
1. Ian Boggs (Indiana), 55:06
2. Dylan Morgan (West Point), 55:12
3. Steve Mantell (Colorado State), 55:20
4. Andrew Nielsen (Wisconsin), 55:38
5. Eirik Ravnan (Stanford), 55:45
1. Taylor Spivey (Cal Poly), 1:01:31
2. Erika Erickson (California), 1:01:48
3. Kelly Kosmo (UCLA), 1:02:48
4. Jessica Clay (West Point), 1:04:37
5. Gina Horath (UC San Diego), 1:04:57
Collegiate National Championships (Olympic-distance)
1. Rudy Von Berg (Colorado), 1:44:41
2. William Jones (UCSD), 1:46:05
3. Steve Mantell (Colorado State), 1:46:08
4. Justin Metzler (Oakton), 1:47:16
5. Ian Boggs (Indiana), 1:47:29
1. Liz Noey (UCLA), 1:59:08
2. Laurence Delisle (UCLA), 2:00:21
3. Erika Erickson (California), 2:00:24
4. Lauryn Macfawn (Virginia Tech), 2:02:38
5. Lindsey Ryder (Arizona State), 2:03:05
Men’s Combined Award
1. Ian Boggs (Indiana), 596
2. Steve Mantell (Colorado State), 594
3. Dylan Morgan (West Point), 588
Women’s Combined Award
1. Erika Erickson (Cal), 596
2. Kelly Kosmo (UCLA), 586
3. Allison Nuovo (Ohio State), 581
Overall Team Standings
1. Colorado, 4,028
2. UCLA, 4,007
3. Cal, 3,878
4. West Point, 3,878 (tie-breaker)
5. U.S. Naval Academy, 3,783
Women’s Team Standings
1. UCLA, 2,073
2. Colorado, 2,025
3. Arizona, 1,953
4. West Point, 1,931
5. UC San Diego, 1,922
Men’s Team Standings
1. Colorado, 2,003
2. Cal, 1,972
3. U.S. Naval Academy, 1,960
4. West Point, 1,947
5. UCLA, 1,934
Mixed Team Relay
1. California, 1:10:32
2. Cal Poly, 1:11:26
3. UCLA, 1:11:45
Armed Services Team Champions: West Point
Team Spirit Award: UC Santa Barbara
About USA Triathlon
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