SOUTH BERWICK, ME — The Northern Vermont University-Johnson women's triathlon team soared at the Pumpkinman Triathlon on September 8th and 9th in South Berwick, Maine. The team featured top-place finishes in their first event in the Badgers' inaugural season.
Senior Margaret Connelly (McLean, VA) led the way for the Badgers, taking first place in the Women's 20-24 age division and earning sixth place among 252 women overall. Maggie ranked first place in the division in the bike portion of the competition, clocking in at 43:55 for the 14.25 mile ride. Connelly also excelled with swimming and running coming in second place for the division in both events.
Sophomore Ellery Kiefer (Wayland, MA) placed second in the Women's 20-24 age division and 19th out of 252 female competitors. Kiefer took first place in the swimming portion of the competition, going the 1/3 mile distance in 7:44. Kiefer finished just behind Connelly to take second for the age division in the bike portion of the competition with a time of 44:42.
Senior Molly Cross (Colchester, Vt) finished strong for the Badgers to place eighth in the Women's 20-24 age division and 118th out of 252 female competitors. Cross rounded out the top five in the swimming portion of the event, going the distance in 9:40.
The Nortern Vermont University-Johnson women's triathlon team and the University of Vermont women's triathlon team were the only two collegiate programs to compete in the Pumpkinman Triathlon.
Johnson is set to compete at the Buzzards Bay Triathlon on Sunday, September 16th in Westport, Massachusetts.