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