CSU–Pueblo students pass final exam at Denver triathlon


One Colorado State University-Pueblo spring class held its final exam in cold and windy conditions last weekend along with 76 total competitors at the TRI 4 Me race in Denver. While it was the first triathlon competition for several of the students in EXHP 291 (Triathlon Training), all completed the race, and several took home age group awards.

According to faculty member Dr. George Dallam, the race served as the “final exam” for the three of the six students in the class. The students were supported by and competed with several CSU-Pueblo faculty and related family members during the 500-meter swim, 12-mile bike and two-mile run. http://www.tri4me.org/

“I was not surprised by the results,” Dallam said. “The students had successfully completed a training process and were prepared.”

Senior chemistry major Ashley Samek, Pueblo, was the fourth overall among the female competitors as well as first in a competitive women’s 20-24 age bracket. She was closely followed by junior RaeAnn Gulley, Pueblo West, who placed 3rd in the 20-24 bracket and 8th overall.

Brian Sewald, a senior from Broomfield and former power forward for the CSU-Pueblo men’s varsity basketball team, took third in the men’s 20-24 division. Jamie Crownover, another triathlon class member and local high school distance runner, took first in the women’s 16-19 age division. Geri Wink, CSU-Pueblo accounting instructor took 3rd in the women’s 50-54 age group. Dallam, a seasoned triathlete and former Olympic triathlete coach, took third overall and 2nd in the men’s 45-49 age group, while wife, Susan, placed first in the women’s 40-44 age group and 2nd overall among the females. Results can be found at: http://www.summitracemanagement.com/tri4meresults2008.htm

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