Bray leads Transylvania triathlon team at 2019 Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships with ninth-place finish

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Bray leads Transylvania triathlon team at 2019 Women's Collegiate Triathlon National Championships with ninth-place finish

Tempe, Ariz. - Appearing in its second consecutive national championship in as many seasons of the program's existence, the Transylvania triathlon team turned in another top-10 finisher at the 2019 Women's Collegiate Triathlon National Championships held around the Tempe Town Lake and hosted by Arizona State University.

Grayson Bray completed her first national-championship appearance for the Pioneers with a ninth-place finish in the Division III race, crossing the finish line in 1:17.24. After drafting in a range of 10th to 12th place after the first two portions of the race, Bray utilized the final run leg of the race with a 23:54 run to make up time and finish in ninth place.

Malauri Edwards began the day on a promising pace with one of her best showings of the year in the bike portion. After standing in 21st place following the swim portion of the race, Edwards had powered way up to seventh place. Edwards' day took a turn when she endured a crash off her bike in the final transition after completing the first two portions of the race and was unable to finish the national championship race. The freshman's time was 1:17.05 at the time of her bike transition.

Kiarah Higgins was the other Pioneer to compete at Tempe Town Lake on Saturday, competing in an age-specific race and completed her race for Transylvania to send the Pioneers out on a high note.

First-year Transylvania triathlon head coach Sean McNulty measured up a rapid year of progress for his youthful roster who competed with maximum ferocity at the national championships.

"Grayson capped off a fantastic freshman season with what I believe was her best run of the year; coming in ninth place as a true freshman shows her talent and the drive she has towards being great and we know that she will grow into one of the best triathletes in the country."

"Malauri had a tough crash but like the tough athlete she embodies, she is already talking about her goals for next year. They always say you fall to get able to prove to yourself that you can get up and she did. This is going to make her a hungry athlete as if she wasn't already!"

"Kiarah has shown so much courage this year taking on one of the toughest sports there is. In my opinion, I believe she is the most improved athlete in the country."

"Overall, this was a really impressive year with a ton of high podium finishes and lots of PR's. All of these young ladies overcame adversity this year and with that comes growth; that growth is going to prove crucial as we build this program into a national power." 

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