BELLE FOURCHE RESERVOIR, S.D. — The second of three Regional Qualifiers for the varsity women’s collegiate triathlon season was held Sunday in South Dakota, hosted by NCAA Division II triathlon program Black Hills State University. The race marked the second opportunity for teams and individuals to qualify for the Women’s Collegiate Triathlon National Championships, set for Nov. 16 in Tempe, Arizona.
Athletes completed a sprint-distance 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer draft-legal bike and 5-kilometer run. Awards were presented to the top-two individuals in each NCAA Division (DI, DII and DIII) and the top-two teams in DI and DII. There were not enough competing athletes from DIII programs to award a team score in that division.
Arizona State’s Kyla Roy, Audrey Ernst, Kira Stanley and Hannah Henry were the first four athletes across the line overall, as Roy took the DI individual victory with a time of 1 hour, 1 minute, 12 seconds. Colorado Mesa University’s Mazzy Jackson was the top DII finisher in 1:06:04, placing eighth in the overall field. Earning the DIII individual win was Northern Vermont University-Johnson’s Ellery Kiefer in 1:15:41, taking 22nd overall.
ASU was the top NCAA DI team on the day with six points, followed in the DI standings by the University of South Dakota with 19. USD’s Ella Kubas led the Coyotes with a fifth-place finish both overall and in her division, crossing the line in 1:05:30.
Colorado Mesa took top honors for DII teams with seven points, and Black Hills State was second with 16. Mathilde Bernard led the Black Hills State squad, finishing third in the DII standings and 13th overall with a time of 1:08:25.
The women’s collegiate triathlon season continues with the final regular-season race, the East Regional Qualifier, on Oct. 19 in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. The race is hosted by Kinetic Multisports in conjunction with the Kinetic Cup. Qualifying teams then head to Tempe for Nationals for the third consecutive year.
The NCAA named triathlon an Emerging Sport for Women in 2014, a designation that gives the sport a 10-year window to demonstrate sustainability at the NCAA level. USA Triathlon is more than two-thirds of the way to its goal of recruiting 40 schools by 2024. For more information about triathlon as an NCAA Emerging Sport for Women, visit usatriathlon.org/ncaa.
Women’s Collegiate Triathlon West Regional Qualifier
Belle Fourche Reservoir, S.D. | 750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run | Complete Results
Individual Champions by Division
Division 1: Kyla Roy (Arizona State University), 1:01:12
Division II: Mazzy Jackson (Colorado Mesa University), 1:06:04
Division III: Ellery Kiefer (Northern Vermont University-Johnson), 1:15:41
Team Champions by Division
Division I: Arizona State University, 6 points
Division II: Colorado Mesa University, 7 points
About USA Triathlon
USA Triathlon is proud to serve as the National Governing Body for triathlon, as well as duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, winter triathlon, off-road triathlon and paratriathlon in the United States. Founded in 1982, USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events and connects with more than 400,000 members each year, making it the largest multisport organization in the world. In addition to its work at the grassroots level with athletes, coaches, and race directors — as well as the USA Triathlon Foundation — USA Triathlon provides leadership and support to elite athletes competing at international events, including International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Championships, Pan American Games and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. USA Triathlon is a proud member of the ITU and the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).