WAVERLY — The Central College women’s triathlon team closed out its 2020-21 season with a sprint triathlon hosted by Wartburg College called TriByKnight Saturday.
The TriByKnight was open to the public but Central competed in the collegiate division against athletes from Coe College. Sanctioned by USA Triathlon, the TriByKnight started with a 300-meter swim time trial at an indoor pool, followed by a 15-mile bike and 3.1-mile run.
Jessica Carithers (sophomore, Mackinaw, Ill., Deer Creek-Mackinaw HS) was the top collegiate finisher clocking in at 1 hour, 32 minutes and 29 seconds. Kate Pachner (sophomore, Akron, Colo.) was second in 1:36.43
“For Jessica and Kate, it’s the first time they went straight from the pool to the bike,” coach Jennie Hedrick-Rozenberg said. “This was a shorter swim in a pool and a longer bike then they are used to.”
Alex Griggs (sophomore, Knoxville) was fourth in 1:40.03.
“Jessica, Kate and Alex all had really good times,” Hedrick-Rozenberg said.
Cassandra Moss (senior, Sycamore, Ill.) was fifth in 1:59.30 and Grace Parrish (sophomore, Cedar Rapids, Xavier HS) was sixth in 2:16.35
The windy conditions made things difficult, especially on the bike.
“It was steady winds at 20 miles per hour and gusts of up to 30,” Hedrick-Rozenberg said. “They were out in the middle of fields so the bike was tough for all of them.”
Due to an injury, Lindsey Blommers (sophomore, Pella) was only able to swim Saturday so she was joined by teammates Laramie O’Sullivan (freshman, Sycamore, Ill.)for the biking and Bridget Lynch (sophomore, Northglenn, Colo., Jefferson Academy) for the running to compete in the team division. They clocked in at 1:41.50 and finished third.
With the inaugural season in the rearview mirror, the young team has it sights set on the fall of 2021.
“I think they are excited,” Hedrick-Rozenberg said. “Going into the fall with six girls that have competed complete races multiple times is amazing. I think we are going to have strong team this fall.”