Pictured above: Front--Katherine Canfield ‘19, Grace Miller ‘20. Standing--Associate Athletic Director Sue DeNigris ‘02 Kane, head coach Jenny Garrison, Naomi Hill ‘21, Jennifer Hufnagle ‘19, sports information graduate assistant Emily Zadny ‘17/M ‘19, assistant coach Kurt Woodward.
The desert climate was no match for the North Central College women's triathlon team as the Cardinals made a trip to the podium for three awards after competing for the second year at the 2017 USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship.
Competing in a 19-team field in Tempe, Ariz., North Central secured a fifth-place team finish overall with 86 points, and won the Division III team title for the second year. Katherine Canfield ’19 led North Central out of the water from the 750-meter swim and into the bike transition, followed by Grace Miller ’20, Naomi Hill ’21 and Jennifer Hufnagle ’19.
The Cardinals came into the 5,000-kilometer run with their eyes on the finish and a will to succeed. The team overcame rising temperatures and fatigue to turn in impressive overall times and help secure the title.
Miller crossed the finish line first for the Cardinals and first among all Division III competitors, completing the race in 1:10:00.76 and placing 24th overall. Canfield, competing in her first national championship and fourth race of her career, came in second with a time of 1:11:17.19, placing 33rd overall.
Also competing in her first national championship, Hill finished with a time of 1:13:35.46, placing 40th overall. Hufnagle, coming back from an injury that kept her out of training for a month, placed 56th overall with a time of 1:19:24.55.
The Cardinals claimed the Division III title at each of the regional qualifying meets this season and had four women named to the first ever All-Region team.