America’s governing body for the sport of triathlon, USA Triathlon, has named September’s Hyannis Sprint Triathlon as the Massachusetts High School Championships.
Students enrolled in a Massachusetts high school or preparatory school, grades 9-12, on the race date of Sept. 9 are eligible to compete for the honor of top three male and female scholastic triathletes in the Commonwealth. High school students from other states are also welcome to compete, and while the USAT title is reserved for students from Massachusetts schools others will be eligible for the age group awards (15 and under, 16-17 and 18-19).
Additionally, the Hyannis race directors are working with high school triathlon coordinators and coaches to develop a team competition which will allow schools to see how they performed against other schools, with awards going to the top squads. The competition will follow a scoring system similar to that used at high school cross country meets.
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The high schoolers will receive their own swim waves at the event and will have their own spot in the transition area. They must follow the competition rules of all USAT age group events. Drafting on the bike leg will not be allowed, and officials will be present on the course.
During the month of August and the first week of September, the high schoolers will be invited to attend clinics held by experienced regional coaches to answer their questions and help them prepare for the championships. They will be invited to a practice triathlon organized by the Cape Cod Triathlon Team, to be held in Brewster the morning of September 2nd. Details will be announced on the Hyannis Triathlon website.
Any student, parent, athletic director, high school team organizer or coach is invited to contact Kathleen Walker to be placed on the mailing list for updates about the competition.