NAPERVILLE, Illinois – The MSOE triathlon team competed it its first-ever event and placed second as a team among six teams at the Division III Invitational hosted by North Central College Monday morning.
The Raiders scored 20 team points and featured five finishers to place second behind the host Cardinals with six points. Concordia Wisconsin was the only other team to qualify for the team standings and tallied 24 points for third.
Junior Rachel Ruona led the way in fifth place, posting a time of 1:10:11.7. She worked her way up the leaderboard as the race went on, emerging 14th among the 21 finishers after the 750m swim (12:00.6). She biked 36:22.8 over the 20km before posting a time of 21:01.2 in the 5000m run. Her running time was second only the eventual winner by 11 seconds and over 69 seconds faster than the third-best time.
She was especially strong in her transitions where she needed just 23.8 seconds to go from swim to bike and 23.1 from bike to the run. He combined 46.9 seconds was the third-best in the field.
Freshman Kendall Marks placed seventh with a time of 1:12:20.6. She got off to a blistering start, swimming the course in 8:51.6, edging the eventual winner by a fraction of a second for first after that discipline. She finished strong with a time of 23:38.1 in the running portion.
Junior Sam Brooker finished 12th with a time of 1:16:56.1 while sophomore Nikky Weise was 18th at 1:29:53.9. Brooker and Weise were seconds apart coming out of the water and posted very similar times with Marks on the bike. Brooker, who was on the cross country team for three seasons, posted a 24:06.5 time in the running to pull away.
Traughber's best area was the swim, where she came out of the water at 10:14.1.
NCC and CUW were the most-seasoned programs in the field, each in their third years of competition/ Trine kicked off its second year while MSOE, Millikin, and Transylvania were each competing as a team for the first time.
The Raiders are back in action at the Central Regional Qualifier Sept. 16 Johnson City, Tennessee.