An Oregon State team has taken second place in one of the largest triathlon events in the United States.
The Oregon State University Triathlon club participated in the Avia Wildflower Triathlon from April 28 to May 2 at Lake San Antonio, Calif. The event brings nearly 8000 participants and tens of thousands of spectators, all of whom camp at the lake for the weekend.
Oregon State had a strong turnout for the event, bringing 35 competitors. The OSU Tri-club competed in the Long course and the Olympic course. There were 301 total contestants in the collegiate division and OSU took second place in the Olympic distance collegiate, behind hometown defenders, California Polytechnics University San Luis Obispo.
The Olympic distance is composed of a 1.5km open water swim followed by a 40km grueling hill struck bike ride and finished with a 10km run. This particular course is deemed difficult due to the excessive hill climbs and generally hot weather. Blair Bronson the triathlon club president, was the top finisher for the team, receiving fifth place in the collegiate males. He finished the entire event in just under two hours and 11 minutes.
For the women, Rachel Beckmann was the club’s top female finisher and placed third for the female colligate division. Beckmann had additionally raced and placed in the long course (1.2mi swim, 56mi bike, 13.1mi run) the day before; she got fifth in her age division for the long course.