Labor Day Sprint Triathlon Success


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MCA’s Triathlon contestants pose for a photo with their families sand supporters after the race.

Genevieve Breton, staff writer

On Monday, September 5, three McKinney Christian Academy cross country runners competed in a triathlon at Oak Point Recreation Center. Those three students were juniors Wyatt Tessier on the swimming segment, Nic Catullo on the biking segment and David Roller running. The swimming segment was 300 meters, the biking portion was 13 miles and the running portion was a 5K. These three MCA students placed first place in the sprint triathlon relay. In the Sprint Aquabike Division, Cross Country Head Coach Rhett McKeller also played a key part in the triathlon. He finished in second place. When Roller was asked about how he could improve, he said “I think I could have run at a higher pace throughout the race, but I’m just glad to have gotten a PR.” McKeller added, “I felt we all did great at this event.  Nic had the fastest bike split of all the relay teams. David had the 2nd fastest 5k split of the relay teams. I was most impressed with Wyatt’s swim time being faster than his estimated seed time. For someone who isn’t focused on swimming as a sport to post the 3rd fastest swim split of all the relay teams was the X-factor in their win. I got beat out of 1st place by 2 seconds. As Apollo Creed once said, ‘that’s very hard for a man of my intelligence to handle.’  I’m looking forward to a rematch in that race next year.” This Labor day Triathlon was truly a success for MCA athletes.

Nic Catullo heads around the turn ready to finish strong. (Photo by: Jadyn Chastain)