This weekend will mark a new era for Cal Poly Humboldt athletics, when the Jacks begin competing in women’s triathlon.
The historic first-ever season for the newly-established program kicks off on Sunday at the Best in the West Sprint Triathlon in Sweet Home, Oregon.
For new head coach Kinsey Laine, building a brand new program entirely from scratch has offered its own set of unique challenges, but despite this the coach is looking forward to the team’s first competition.
“We got a late start to the season due to the fact that I arrived on campus the day before most college triathlon teams began practice,” she said. “I feel very fortunate that there were already strong and talented athletes at Humboldt interested in racing triathlon. Having nine student-athletes show up to practice last week feels like a victory and has me excited about the potential of this inaugural team.”
The team will have five athletes compete in the sprint triathlon, beginning with the 500 meter swim at 8 a.m.
The athletes will then transition from the water into a 12-mile bike ride, followed by a 5k run to finish off the race.
“Ultimately this season is about building culture and laying the foundation for the future of the program, Laine said. “I have already been impressed by the team’s ambition, enthusiasm, and willingness to try new things. This first race will be a great opportunity for them to learn and grow together. I can’t wait to see how they develop in the coming months.”
While this weekend’s event is an open and community race, the Jacks will have a chance to see their first taste of intercollegiate competition as they face off against Willamette University.
Along with the University of San Francisco, these three teams make up the only collegiate triathlon programs on the west coast.
After this race, the Jacks will have a week to recover before traveling to Longmont, Colorado, to compete in the Oktoberfest Sprint Triathlon.