NC State Triathlon Team Concludes Fall Season at MACTC Champs
Posted Oct 15, 2012, 8:00 AM by Christopher Fundanish
The NC State Triathlon team took on more than just fellow collegiate racers at the MACTC champs at the Rev3 Half Full Triathlon in Ellicott City, MD on Oct. 7th, 2012. With temperatures hovering in the upper 40's at race time, and a steady rain throughout the entire race, the men’s and women’s teams completed a fantastic fall season which culminated in both teams qualifying for the 2013 USAT Collegiate National Championships to be held in Tempe, Ariz. in the spring.
The women’s team came into the race needing to finish seventh or better in order to qualify for as a team. Things looked bleak after several key athletes were out due to school sponsored events and injuries, but the depth of the team shined through as the women finished in seventh place on Sunday, guaranteeing them a spot in the top seven overall for the conference season. Coach Brooks Doughtie stated, “We had some girls that really stepped up their game today, and our depth and teamwork was key to finishing strong. Today was a tough day for some of our athletes, and I was really excited to see everyone step up and finish so well.” With their seventh place in the MACTC conference championship race they guarantee themselves a team slot at the 2013 USAT Collegiate Nationals.
The men’s team knew coming in it would take a great team effort to pull off a win. With the one of the men’s top athletes, Benjamin Rachunok, out due to an injury sustained less than one hour before the race, the men finished in fourth, with Navy winning the meet. With a fourth place finish at the conference championships, N.C. State solidified third place for the 2012 fall MACTC season. This means that the men’s team gains its first team podium for a season in the team’s history. Club president Chris Fundanish summed up the season, “My first goal for the team was to send a complete (7 athletes per team) men’s and women’s team to nationals. The first stage of this has been completed, and we are excited for the future.”
The offseason training is the next phase for the team, as the team doesn’t race again until the spring of 2013. Fundanish is looking forward to the team fundraising which will help get the entire team to Tempe in the spring. He stated, “The NC State Triathlon Team is thankful for all the sponsors and support we have received, and I look forward to working with more sponsors to promote this team and the sport.” The NC State Triathlon team looks forward to getting more exposure and as the team's top female, Colleen McCarthy put it, “We accomplished some great goals so far, and the future is looking bright for this team.”
The NC State Triathlon Club aims to promote the sport of triathlon with NCSU students while providing a supportive network for training and racing. Info on the team can be found at www.ncstatetri.com or email at email@example.com .
Wilmington YMCA Press Release
Posted Sep 24, 2012, 9:08 AM by William BumgardnerHistory Made for NC State Triathlon Team at Wilmington YMCA TriathlonThe N.C. State Triathlon had 30 team members racing in the Wilmington YMCA Sprint Triathlon, part of the MACTC conference race series, on September 22, 2012 and recorded historical performances. The women’s team became the 1st NC State tri team to ever record an team victory, as it took home 1st place, well ahead of UNC-W, while the men in a closely contested race finished in 2nd place overall, just behind Virginia Tech.The women’s team had a strong team approach in winning the race, with Colleen McCarthy, Jen Kopenitz, Kimberly Spence, and Madeleine Gaffaney all finishing in the top 16 to easily outdistance 2nd place UNC-W. Colleen McCarthy asked about the team’s performance replied, “The team is looking stronger each week. We were very competitive at Wilmington and I can’t wait to see how we do at Rev3."The men’s team was just beaten by VT in a closely contested men’s team race, as they were led by Ben Rachunok, Kory Gray, Charlie Lambrecht, and Bryan Deitz. Asked about the performances from the team, club president Chris Fundanish responded, “NC State triathlon is a legitimate contender for the team titles and everyone now realizes that.”Up next for the NC State Triathlon team is the MACTC conference championships which will be taking place at the Rev3 Half Full in Columbia, Maryland on October 7th. Head coach, Brooks Doughtie, asked about their chances replied, “I couldn’t be more proud of where this team has come from and where this team is going. I think the excitement on the team is at an all time high level, and I think the kids can go out there and compete and represent themselves and NC State very well.”
Patriot's Sprint Press release
Posted Sep 13, 2012, 11:32 AM by William BumgardnerEarly Success for NC State Tri Team at MACTC Opening Race
The NC State Triathlon team participated in the MACTC conference season opener Patriot’s Sprint triathlon in Williamsburg, VA on Sept., 9th, 2012. With more than 16 guys and girls racing for the wolfpack, the men’s team finished in 4th place while the women’s team finished in 7th place. Asked, how the weekend went, NC State’s tri coach, Brooks Doughtie, stated, “The team wanted to compete and see where they stood as a team. We had several top guys sitting out as well as our top girl this year, so I think the team gained a lot of confidence from this race, and I’m excited for the next few races.”
Up next for the wolfpack triathlon team is the Wilmington YMCA sprint that will takeplace on Sept. 22, 2012 in Wilmington, NC. Charlie Lambrecht stated, “I feel like we
can improve our standings and I can’t wait for Wilmington.” After the Wilmington race is the conference championship, so in just a few short weeks the team will know where it stands. Stated Doughtie, “The fall races really do start quickly, so the team has jumped into training from day 1 of school, and they have really worked hard.”
The NC State triathlon team is a club sport that focuses building a team atmosphere on the road to a top overall team finish at USAT Collegiate Nationals.