Race Preview: Buzzard's Bay
The NECTC moves on to our fourth race of the season, this time headed to Westport, MA for the Buzzard's Bay Triathlon. The race is Sunday and set for a 9AM start. In the past few years Buzzard's Bay has been fertile grounds for many new collegiate triathletes starting their first race for their universities. This year we have nearly 150 athletes from Bentley University, Boston University, Northeastern University, the University of Vermont, the United States Military Academy (West Point), the University of Connecticut, Columbia University, Wheaton College, MIT, Syracuse and Dartmouth College.
Any time West Point shows up to a race, you can expect some high end talent. Teresa Groton and Nick Chatel will lead the Black Nights this Sunday, and are both individual overall race favorites. Behind them a strong male and female team are both male and female overall team race favorites as well.
Stephen Mais (Northeastern), David Celentano (Northeastern), and Pete Taglino (Bentley) follow up as the three highest ranked athletes in the conference competing this weekend, and look to continue their success and solidify their top 10 positions.
For the females, Dartmouth College is showing up strong with 9 ladies, making them the most represented female team this weekend. Athletes to look out for are Veteran Hannah Feinberg (University of Vermont), and first time NECTC racer Stephanie Doyon (Northeastern).
With a win, the West Point male and female teams could take over sole possession of first place after losing it at Rev3 Maine where they did not compete. This would also put them in first place for the Overall Combined Team. If this does happen, Northeastern would lose its top spot in all three categories.
Some key athletes not competing this weekend include:
Jacob Slife (West Point)
Spencer Ralston (Saint Michael's)
Andrew Keenan (Drexel)
Meghan Smith (Drexel)
Skye Jensen (USCGA)
Ellen Witkowski (BU)