Lexington, Ky. – Freshman Elizabeth Moore made it two-for-two in individual race wins as the Transylvania triathlon team hosted a collection of firsts in the inaugural Transy Duals at Spindletop Hall on Saturday morning.
The Transylvania triathlon team hosted the first home event in program history on Saturday as well as the first dual meet format of its kind in the young history of NCAA collegiate triathlon. The Pioneers welcomed Division II schools Davis & Elkins College of Elkins, West Virginia and Drury University of Springfield, Missouri to the Spindletop Hall course. In the dual format, team scores were tallied in head-to-head format with all racers competing together on the course simultaneously.
After commencing the Transylvania Triathlon era last week at the D-III Invitational race in Naperville, Illinois with a first-place showing by Moore, the freshman repeated as champion again in Saturday's home race to continue an illustrious start to her career.
After the scheduled 8:00 a.m. start was hindered by lightning and a subsequent hard rainfall, conditions rapidly improved to allow for an 8:30 a.m. start with a condensing of the race. The swim was shortened to 500 meters while the sprint format was lessened to roughly 13 kilometers from the prescribed 20 kilometers. The final run portion stretched approximately two miles.
Transylvania triathlon head coach Kevin Ryan expressed his pleasure with both his team's performance and the execution of Transylvania's first home race from an event perspective. "The race unfolded really well; Davis & Elkins and Drury had some great athletes so we were fortunate to see Elizabeth take first again this week," commented Ryan.
"As a race director for the first time, it was a good morning, we had a ton of help from staff, administration, several of our Transylvania sport teams, plus the community and a lot of help from the Bluegrass track club. We had no major issues and nothing that affected the quality of the race and with the layout of the race, it was also very spectator-friendly."
After breaking out of the swim with two other runners from Drury, Moore pulled away in the biking portion as she did the previous Monday in Naperville.
The freshman maintained a blistering pace in the third portion of the race, the two-mile run to break the tape in 45 minutes and 38 seconds, outpacing second-place finisher Sophie Schoppl from Davis & Elkins by three minutes. "The sky's the limit with Elizabeth because we're just getting started with her and she will only continue to improve," added Ryan.
Senior Shelbi Poehlein displayed another impressive showing in just her second triathlon race ever as she finished in sixth place in 55 minutes and 33 seconds. "This is just her second race ever so she is still learning the ropes, so by having these opportunities to race before our larger-scale races, it's been critical for her to learn how the flow goes," commented Ryan.
With dual scoring implemented, each team's finish was matched up one-on-one with another school, resulting in three head-to-head scores. Drury and Davis & Elkins each notched 14-13 victories over Transylvania with the Pioneers fielding two active racers for Saturday's event.
Transylvania now looks ahead to the Central Regional Qualifier in Kingsport, Tennessee next Sunday, September 16.
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