Richland native shines in International Triathlon
Thursday, September 5, 2019 | 12:01 AM
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete John Reed of Gibsonia, an Aquinas Academy alum, was 3,780 miles away over Labor Day weekend, competing in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Reed, a junior who runs cross country and track at RPI, had an excellent race, solid in all three disciplines on what were very technical, hilly, and challenging bike and run courses both, as well as rough water conditions in Lake Geneva. He finished in 2:07:36, placing 30th overall out of 1,197 male competitors, including sixth American overall and 12th in the Male 20-24 age group.
The experience was Reed’s first trip overseas and his first significant international competition.
A USA Triathlon All-America in 2015 and 2016, he is one of nine from the U.S. to have qualified and only one of two who were born in 1998.
In his two seasons of cross country with the RPI, Reed has established an 8K season-best of 26:42.1 at the 2018 Liberty League Championship Meet just two weeks after finishing in seventh place at Rowan University in a time of 26:45.6.
During his first year, Reed won at Plattsburgh with a 5k time of 15:48.0 and was the conference Rookie of the Week.
He also runs distance on the track and field team and won the 1500 meters at Goucher (4:09.27) and finished first in the 5000 meters at Tufts (14:59.54) as a sophomore. He also competed in the 5000 at The Penn Relays, finishing in 15:05.82.
An electrical engineering major, Reed has been a Liberty League All-Academic honoree twice.
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America’s oldest technological research university.