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Roy Madrid of Taos takes top spot in triathlon

Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference was held March 16 in Lake Havasu, Arizona

By Sheila Miller
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 3/25/19

After graduating from Taos High School in 2015, Roy Madrid decided to try for the University of Colorado-Boulder Cross Country team as a walk-on. He didn't make it. Madrid calls it the "best …

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Roy Madrid of Taos takes top spot in triathlon

Mountain Collegiate Triathlon Conference was held March 16 in Lake Havasu, Arizona

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After graduating from Taos High School in 2015, Roy Madrid decided to try for the University of Colorado-Boulder Cross Country team as a walk-on. He didn't make it.

Madrid calls it the "best rejection" he's received. He decided to try a new sport and noticed that CU Boulder has a strong triathlon team. Sixteen months after his first bicycle road race, he's the mountain conference triathlon champion.

The conference championship race was held March 16 in Lake Havasu, Arizona. Due to high waves in the lake, the event, which is usually a standard Olympic distance triathlon, was modified to a 1-mile run, a 25-mile bike and a 10K-run. Madrid beat the other 101 men competing with a time of 1:39:30.

Madrid graduates with a degree in chemical engineering this spring and keeps himself busy enough to be "in bed by nine."

"I'm usually training, eating or doing homework," Madrid said.

Hard work and training are nothing new to Madrid, who ran cross-country with Bruce Gomez and the Tigers in 2013-2015 and played hockey for the Ice Tigers during the same years. He was the state champion in the 800 meters in 2014 and the state champion in the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters in 2015.

The next and final race of the collegiate triathlon season is the USA Triathlon Collegiate Club Championships on April 6 in Tempe, Arizona.

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