This past weekend Lake George brought the NECTC its first olympic distance race of the season and 150 omnium points were on the line. Fourteen teams came out to New York state to make an early statement in our conference scoring, and the race did not disappoint.
The most intriguing battle of the day was between last year's conference champion, Spencer Ralston (St. Mike's) and last year conference championship race winner, Jacob Slife (West Point). Both exited the water side by side in times of 20:50 and 20:51. From there they out-split the entire field on the bike by over seven minutes, racing neck in neck times of 55:52 and 55:49. In T2 Ralston was able to create a 7 second lead heading into the run. From there the race continued to go down to the wire where Ralston put only 8 seconds into Slife with a 37:05 versus Slife's 37:13 to win by 15 seconds. Without a slight edge in transitions this would have come down to only a 4 second edge! Nicholas Chatel (West Point) rounded out the male podium in 2:08:56.
Teresa Groton (West Point) continued her dominance with with a 9+ minute victory in a time of 2:16:49, including the fastest swim and run splits of the day. With this Teresa has extended her lead in the conference standings to 14 points. Ellen Witkowski (BU) took second on the the day clocking the fastest bike split in a time of 1:07:38 and finishing in a total time of 2:25:52. Teammate Natalie Tukan (BU) followed about 30 seconds behind to wrap up the podium in a time of 2:26:25. Andres Broussard (Northeastern) came in standing 2nd overall in the conference only two points behind Groton. Although she has one of the fastest bike splits of the day, she finished in 5th overall in a time of 2:29:47 scoring 138 points, dropping her back 12 more points in the conference standings.
On the team side of things West Point continues their conference dominance with victories for both male and female teams. Big performances by Kathryn Harris (West Point) and Hannah White (West Point) helped the Black Knights edge out the Boston University ladies whom have has immense success in previous years. Last year's conference champions, UConn wrapped up the female podium to help keep the standings close heading into the remainder of the season.
For the male team podium, UConn and Northeastern find themselves back on the podium. West Point won with 567 points, and Uconn and Northeastern followed with 378 and 226 points respectively.