Cal Poly triathlete Chris Stehula won the USAT Collegiate National Triathlon Championships on Saturday in a time of 1 hour, 48 minutes, 54 seconds.
Stehula finished 23 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Cedric Wane.
He was one of 20 Cal Poly triathletes participating in the 750-meter swim, 40K on-road cycling and 10K run.
Wane built a sizeable lead during the cycling portion of the triathlon, but Stehula was quick to catch him on the 10K run.
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“Cedric was killing it on the bike. He out-biked me by a minute and a half, and he had a 40-second lead on me,” Stehula said in a news release.
“I thought that the race was over on the bike. I was like ‘I can't catch him,’ and then just because I got one of those fantastic, really lucky breaks I was able to catch him. I just buried in the first mile and a half on the run and caught up to him.”
Stehula was disqualified at last year’s national championships due to penalty infractions that cost him a likely top-10 finish.
“I’ve been thinking about this race since my disappointment last year — every day just like ‘I want to go win this; I want to go win this,’ ” Stehula said. “There was so much emotion during the race because I thought I’d lost it during the bike ... In the last mile and a half I’m like ‘I think I've got this.’ I kept turning around, and I was so excited coming across that finish line.”
Atascadero volleyball player earns honor
Atascadero High volleyball standout Kiah Featherstone was selected by the Southern California Volleyball Association to play on its High Performance junior team.
The team will participate in the USA Volleyball National High Performance Championships from July 26-29 in Wisconsin.
Featherstone, a junior, is a member of the SLO Juniors Volleyball Club.