Three women in the Colorado School of Mines Triathlon Club have qualified for their first trip to the Collegiate National Triathlon Championships. Club president and graduate student Tess Weathers, and undergraduates Lauren Lundquist and KC Kent will represent Mines on April 5 in Tempe, Ariz.
Club advisor and geology and geological engineering professor Paul Santi is thrilled to be sending Mines athletes to the event.
"It is rare for such a small team to qualify three athletes, and this is a testament to their hard work and disciplined, consistent training," Santi said. "Triathlon is a tough sport to stay on top of, especially for full-time students, and I'm excited that they are being rewarded for their efforts."
Weathers knows it can be intimidating competing against larger schools such as University of Colorado-Boulder or Colorado State University that have more than 30 competitors.
“For every race we've done this year, we know it's all or nothing. If we don't finish at our best, we know we could be putting our entire team standing at risk,” Weathers said. “We're Mines students, we know how to excel under pressure, and I couldn't think of any teammates who are more deserving of the national arena than the women who will be joining me in Arizona.”
On March 22, the club competed at the Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference Regional Championships in Lake Havasu, Ariz. Nine schools from New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado were represented by more than 200 athletes. The Mines club was one of the smallest teams in the conference, but still finished the regular season in fifth, solidifying three berths for Nationals.