Let's welcome 12 new athletes to the sport of triathlon! This past Sunday, the UTSA Triathlon Team had a large showing—27 members—at the Try Andy's Tri. For twelve of them, it was their first time putting swim-bike-run together in a race. For the veterans on the team, it was another chance to race to hone the skills on a short and fast course. Try Andy's Tri is a 300-meter open-water swim, a 10-mile bike, and a 3-mile run in Sugar Land, TX. Max Jarvie, a sophomore, raced his way to the top 10 for the men. Kathryn Schroeder, who was a cheerleader before joining the team last year, finished as the 6th place female in the 20-24 age group. Like Kathryn, most of the UTSA Triathlon athletes have little or no background in multi-sport before joining the team. Triathlon is a growing sport, especially among college students. USA Triathlon first formed the Collegiate Club Nationals competition in 2009, and 736 athletes participated. By 2017, this number grew to 1214 competitors that completed the Olympic-distance event. Being a student-athlete is a unique challenge, and Coach Mark has developed a great partnership with UTSA that continues to foster growth in the sport among our local college students.
Also of note this weekend were the Central Texas Cross Country Meet and the Georgetown Cyclocross Festival. Nicolas Torres earned 7th place in the JV cross country race. Casey Maron of UTSA WON the Men's 4/5 race and Andrew Joy placed 13th in cyclocross.
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