Between April 19-22, a star-studded cast of 22 Cal Triathletes, 1 Head Coach, and 2 esteemed Alumni (Papa Haas, and TriSexton, who we ran into as they wandered haplessly in their USAT polos around SFO) shipped off to the wonderful city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama for Collegiate Nationals 2012.
Being as studly as they are, the Nats Team arrived in Alabama (decked out in neon bro tanks, no less) with the hopes of bringing home some hardware, which we did. Though the Overall Champions prize was not to be ours (hats off to Colorado, they put on an absolute clinic on how to race), 3rd place overall in the Nation ain’t too shabby. Let me repeat that. 3RD OVERALL IN THE US OF A! Considering how big this event is, this is an incredibly impressive accomplishment.
For a weekend in April, 23 of our CalTri athletes headed down to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for the USAT Collegiate National Championship 2011. The conditions of the race were brutal, but at the end of the day, our women’s team came in 5th, our men 3rd, and Overall… CalTri is the THIRD BEST TRIATHLON TEAM IN THE NATION!!! Go Bears!!! Continue reading
In a victory more than half a decade in the making, John Dahlz out swam, out biked, and outlasted the best collegiate athletes from across the nation to capture top honors last weekend in Lubbock, Texas. In doing so, he led Cal Triathlon to their 2nd consecutive Men’s Team title, narrowly edging out the US Naval Academy by 1 point. Every position counted as Kenny Rakestraw scorched the bike to round out an excellent race in 5th while Mike Jafari proved that swimmers can run with a surprise upset in 10th Overall and Brandon Basso turned in the anchor leg finishing 5th in the graduate division. Continue reading
After a 1.5-kilometer swim and 40k bike, Steve Sexton embarked on the last leg of the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship race – a 10K run. Only three more hills, and then a two-kilometer sprint to Cal Triathlon’s FIRST MENS INDIVIDUAL NATIONAL CROWN. But now he had to rely on his teammates – the 34 other members of the Cal Triathlon Team that began the race knowing they wanted more than another second-place finish.
The Bears returned to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, unwilling to be the runners up for the fifth consecutive year. Paced by Sexton, an Olympic hopeful for the 2012 Games in London – the team swam, cycled and ran their way to the school’s FIRST EVER OVERALL NATIONAL CROWN! Continue reading