BHSU’s Mathilde Bernard tops collegiate triathlon finishers in Hot Springs

HOT SPRINGS — The Black Hills State women’s triathlon had nine finishers at Saturday’s Southern Hills Triathlon, led by Mathilde Bernard who placed first among collegiate runners, and second overall.

“Being only two weeks into our season, this race was a good indicator of where our athletes’ abilities lie and where we will be focusing for further development,” said Connie Feist, BHSU’s triathlon head coach. “We are looking forward to a solid block of training now prior to our next contest on Oct. 16.”

The event is the National qualifier in Smith Mountain Lake, Va.

Three NCAA DII teams were represented at the event, including Colorado Mesa, MSU Billings and BHSU. CMU finished first with 14 points, followed by BHSU (41 points), and then MSU-Billings in third.

Mathilde won the race as top overall female with a time of 1:04:49, and finished second overall among 96 competitors which included both males and females.

Final placings among the NCAA DII group are below:

Place    Name                                 Time

1st    Mathilde Bernard           1:04:49

9th    Myna Buckley                  1:09:29

11th    Abigail Croasdell            1:10:36

12th    Sydney Gasper                  1:10:36

13th    Natalie Moose                  1:11:13

15th    Madelynn Potter             1:13:03

17th    Cassidy Teeslink             1:13:23

18th    Hannah Hirschi                  1:14:06

22nd    Kennedy Teeslink           1:20:07

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