Christian Krueger in triathlon

SOCORRO, N.M., July 15, 2002 -- New Mexico Tech's two-person triathlon team has been faring well recently. On the 30th of June, Tech students Laura Wilcox and Christian Krueger traveled to Lubbock, Texas for the Buffalo Springs Lake Half Ironman competition. This included a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run.

Wilcox is a gradute student in the hydrology program, and Krueger is an undergraduate in environmental science.

During the weeks prior to the race, the two could be seen training at the heat of the day, preparing for this race in which temperatures have soared to 118 degrees in the past. Luckily this year, temperatures never exceeded 90 degrees, and thus times were very fast. The course was challenging, with many hills on both the bike and run. Several slick spots on the bike course caused crashes and eliminated top competitors, but Laura and Christian managed to complete the event with no mishaps.

Final results placed Laura (this as her first half ironman triathlon) 3rd in her age group with a time of 5:36:04. Christian performed 12 minutes faster than his race in 2000 with a time of 4:43:58!

Laura Wilcox in triathlon

Six days later, on July 6th, the two were seen at the start line in Farmington, NM for the Freedom Days Olympic Distance Triathlon. This race is unique, starting with a 1500 meter swim, followed by a 6.1 mile trail run, and finishing with a 26 mile bike. This was a challenging race for all competitors due to very soft sand on the run and enormous hills on the bike. Still recovering from the half ironman not even a week before, the NMT tri-team scored well, with Laura and Christian both winning their age divisions, and Christian placing second overall behind only former mountain bike and Xterra duathlon world champion Ned Overend!

Next on the schedule are the Las Vegas, NM (July 28th) and Socorro (August 10th) triathlons. Volunteers from the Socorro area are needed for the Socorro triathlon to help keep racers on route and direct traffic so no one gets hurt. If you would like to volunteer or participate in the race, further information is available at http://www.sdc.org/ssr/chile/ or from Matt Perini at matt@pmc-inc.com