Ryan Chartrand

Both women and men from the Cal Poly Triathlon Team helped the Mustangs win the Collegiate Club Competition in the Olympic portion of the 25th annual Wildflower Triathlons on Sunday at Lake San Antonio in Bradley.

Cal Poly’s Tamara Presser, Melissa Barrett and Shana Strange finished third, fifth and eighth, respectively, among collegiate women in the Olympic race, which consists of a 0.9-mile swim, a 25-mile bike ride and a 6.2-mile run.

Presser came in at 2 hours, 32 minutes and 7 seconds, followed by Barrett (2:36:01) and Strange (2:41:14).

Cal Poly’s Evan Rudd finished third among all collegiate men in the Olympic portion with a time of 2:12:06. He was followed by teammates Philippe Mickelson (2:19:02) and Ryan Johnson (2:21:11) in eighth and 12th, respectively, among collegiate men.

The Mustangs’ combined team time was 14:41:41.

In the Collegiate Club Competition, in which schools are ranked based upon the performances of their top three women and men, Montana was second at 15:07:16. The Grizzlies were followed by Oregon (15:53:37) in third, UCLA (16:20:25) in fourth, Oregon State (16:30:59) in fifth and Long Beach State (18:38:05) in sixth.

Cal Poly was second in 2006.

For a first-person account of Wildflower from Rudd, who recently finished 25th at the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championships and is also a Mustang Daily staff reporter, check out the Mustang Daily later this week.

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