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NC State showed up to the Azalea Sprint Triathlon in Wilmington NC last Saturday with 10 student athletes. This was a first triathlon for two of our members, and one of several hundred for our faculty adviser. Azalea was our first race of 2014, and a great venue to start off the year. Last season we finished 3rd for men and women in the Mid-Atlantic conference, and we are hoping to show up to Nationals with the same kind of speed we brought to the races last semester.
After caravaning from Raleigh to Wilmington on Friday, we spent the night at a teammates home. We woke to a beautiful morning and began the race time trial style. State brought their A game to battle it outwith athletes from Duke, Liberty, Chapel Hill, UNC Wilmington, UNC Charlotte, and others. Hannah Field got second in her Age Group, and Michael Lindler got 3rd in his Age Group. Congratulations to everyone on their performance. The rest of the results are on the results page, and pictures are in the photo gallery!
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
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
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
History Made for NC State Triathlon Team at Wilmington YMCA Triathlon
The 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.”
Early 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.
As one of the Presidents of this team I'd like to stop and say how excited I am about this first practice and the year ahead. I hope everyone at practice had a felt comfortable and enjoyed themselves. I hope practices continue to be this large (or larger!) so, please keep coming out to practices! GO PACK!
Please pay attention to the clubs Facebook, Moodle page, and this website for up to the minute information about the Triathlon club for this year. We will be having our first practice this Friday at 4PM and will meet at Miller fields (behind Carmichael Gym). We will also be announcing our meeting for new and prospective members soon.
So I wanted to give a little intro about myself, talk about some things I'd like to do to help with the NCSU tri club, and kinda go over some ideas.
First off, I'm Brooks Doughtie, a Level 1 USAT certified coach. I live here in Raleigh, after bouncing around in a bunch of places over the past 8 years. I graduated from NC State in 2004, with a degree in Marine Science (college of PAMS). I've been coaching triathletes since 2008, having coached various athletes both juniors and AG's along with assisting several current ITU athletes. I'm a F.I.S.T. certified bike fitter, level 2 USAC cycling coach, and have CPR/First Aid certifications. I currently coach for Vanguard Triathlon, who's directed by Level 3 USAT coach, Justin Trolle, out of Colorado Springs. Working with him has allowed me to really improve and learn alot while bringing a world class training program to athletes. My philosophy is to help athletes achieve athlete success whether it's simply to improve fitness, improve in their age group, or compete at the highest of levels. I think the most important aspect of coaching is communication between athlete and coach. I want my athletes to feel like they can understand every workout, but can also come to me and let them know how they are feeling. The greatest thing for success, is when you the athlete can tell me how training is going. I base alot of workouts on the results you do in training, and therefore, really like feedback. Whether the workouts are too hard/easy, maxed out with homework, finals, etc.
So, what I'd like to do with the club? Well, frankly I want to make you guys a top 10 program. I want to build a program that is inviting to both the top end athletes, but also the athletes that are just there for fun and a way to blow off some steam. So, don't ever feel afraid of coming to a practice or event associated with NCSU triathlon. I'm here for the team, and I want everyone to know that they are going to get a great experience from this. I'd like to do 2-3 "coached" workouts each week, focusing on some high intensity work. That is where we are going to get better as a team, and I'd love it if as many people as possible can show up. The more participation we have, the more you guys are going to push each other to get better. I'd like to sit down with each person in the club over the next few months (or in fall semester), and kinda see what each of you has for personal goals with the club. I'd I'd like to work on some sponsors to help get yall more funding so that potentially more people can race.
So this is an exciting time for NCSU triathlon. Nationals is coming up and then I know some are racing the FS race on Cent. campus. I'm planning on putting a social together sometime right after finals, so that we can all have 1 last party for the outgoing team members, but also to get some team commaradie going as well.
I look forward to meeting all of you and working with the team.
Also, please just call me Brooks!
USAT-L1; USAT-Y&J; USAC-L2
The semester has settled in and everyone has figured out their schedules. Time to get some awesome training in before Nationals in April. If you are interested in the club's workout schedule, check out the "Schedules" link on the top.
Some of the races the Tri club will be attending are listed below:
Azalea Triathlon - 3/10 (Setup Events)
Cary Duathlon - 4/7 (FS Series)
USAT Collegiate Nationals - 4/21
Beaver Dam Triathlon - 4/28 (FS)
TOA Triathlon - 4/29 (FS, located on NC State Campus!)
White Lake Half - 4/5 (Setup)
FS 50 / IOS 100 - 5/19 (FS)
These are just a few spring races. Expect to see the NC State Tri Club at a bunch of races over the summer including the Old School Aquathon Series.
Also make sure to check out FS Series new Washington Race Weekend including the FS 50 and Inside Out Sports 100. Not comfortable racing the entire distance? Try a relay. The club gets 40% off that FS Series race and select others!
Interested in joining the club? Come to our fall info meeting on Aug. 24 at 6pm in Carmichael Gym room 2014.
Club sports is having a recruiting event at the Carmichael Complex this Sunday August 14 at 5:30pm. Come on out to meet some club members and ask questions about the triathlon club!