Ladies Triathlon Drops Close Dual to West Alabama by One Place
Sunday, September 25, 2016

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – It was a close battle throughout, but Centenary triathlon fell just short in a dual with West Alabama by one point. The Ladies claimed second, fourth and fifth to finish with 11 points while the Tigers claimed first, third, and sixth to finish with 10 points.

“Our Ladies gained a lot of experience yesterday in our first dual triathlon,” said head coach Kyle Joplin. “For two of our five athletes competing this weekend, this was their first triathlon, another their second and another their third. We’re a very new team, so being able to come to a race like this and gain experience is huge for us.”

Freshman Tori Boyle and West Alabama’s Caitlyn Muncher finished neck-and-neck in the standings for the top spot. While Centenary senior Cameron Barney took the top spot in the swim portion with a time of 7:45, Muncher and Boyle were close behind in second and third with times of 7:50.4 and 7:53.4, respectively.

Sophomore Caitlyn Faulhaber won the bike portion with a time of 36:29.2, but Boyle took over the top spot in the overall time total by finishing second with a time of 36:54.6. Muncher finished 4.4 seconds behind Boyle, giving the Ladies a lead by a second heading into the final event.

In the run, Muncher bested Boyle by 1:03, 24:24 to 25:27, to win take the top sport in the dual by more than a minute. Boyle completed the three events in 1:10:15.

Faulhaber finished fourth with a time of 1:15:50, followed by Barney in 1:17:42. Sophomore Rebecca Dunn and freshman Madison Brogan finished eighth and ninth, respectively, with times of 1:22:40 and 1:34:36.

“West Alabama matched up with us extremely well, so even with such a small field, our Ladies were still able to race,” added Joplin.

The Ladies triathlon team returns to action in two weeks for the Western NCAA Qualifier at Cal in Berkeley, California, on Oct. 8.