Sports

July 3, 2013

International experience

Dalton native represented United States

Ben Eicholtz was 11 when he completed his first triathlon.

The Dalton native kept competing in the endurance events — which involve swimming, cycling and running — and 29 years later he has become a skilled triathlete who’s good enough to represent his country in international competition.

Eicholtz was a member of the U.S. Triathlon Team that competed at the 2013 International Triathlon Union (ITU) Long Distance Triathlon World Championships on June 1 in Belfort, France.

Eicholtz, 40, who graduated from Dalton High School in 1991, lives in Aliso Viejo, Calif., and works as a pharmaceutical sales representative for Novo Nordisk. In high school, he was a member of the Catamounts’ cross country, swimming and diving, and track and field teams. He attended the University of Georgia and represented that school in the 1995 USA Triathlon National Championships.

But the trip to world championships was a first for Eicholtz, who placed 75th out of 102 competitors in his 40-44 age group.

“It was definitely something on my list of goals and things to do,” he said. “It was a tremendous experience. To represent the United States — I’m never going to be in the Olympics or anything close to that, but to have the USA on my jersey and wear the red, white and blue was a great experience.”

Eicholtz has participated in numerous USA Triathlon National Championships, reaching the top 15 in five of them, but it wasn’t until last year that he competed with the intention of moving on to the next level. He qualified for this year’s world championships with a 15th-place finish in his division at last year’s Red Man Triathlon in Oklahoma City, which served as one of the USA Triathlon National Championships for 2012.

A top-20 finish was needed to qualify for the world championships. Eicholtz’s time of 5 hours, 20 minutes, 56.16 seconds in his race — which consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run — would have been good enough for 11th, but he was penalized for drafting.

Text Only
Sports
  • NW at DHS baseball (g3) 12 mlh.jpg Bruins aim for 7-4A baseball crown at Cedartown

    Northwest Whitfield High School’s baseball team rode an emotional three-game roller coaster in last season’s Region 7-4A championship series on its way to the title.
    Can the Bruins do it again?

    April 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Catamounts defeat Raiders for latest region soccer title

    For Dalton High School’s boys soccer team, the undefeated streak is now at 40 matches.
    For the Catamounts, the far more important number is 2.

    April 22, 2014

  • Prep roundup: Colts beat Mountaineers on PK’s

    Tuesday night was the third time in a row that the Coahulla Creek and North Murray high school boys soccer teams have faced each other and played to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime.
    In the previous two meetings, North Murray won on penalty kicks.

    April 22, 2014

  • Region golf '14 1 mlh.jpg Prep golf: Dalton boys, NW’s Hayes will play on

    Northwest Whitfield High School junior Ethan Hayes didn’t get the medal he wanted, and Dalton’s boys didn’t get the finish they expected, on Tuesday in the Region 7-4A tournament at Nob North Golf Course.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • DaltonGirlsGolf.jpg Region 7-4A girls golf tournament: Lady Cats are champs again

    In both the Dalton High School sports family and her own, Carson Roberts wanted some bragging rights over older brother Jake Roberts this spring.
    She earned them Monday.

    April 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • Area prep roundup: Bruins claim third place in Region 7-4A soccer

    Northwest Whitfield High School’s boys soccer team might be growing up just in time for another deep run in the Class 4A state playoffs.

    April 22, 2014

  • Golf at NobNorth 2  mlh.jpg Chris Whitfield's 'A Look Ahead': DHS golfers aim for region titles

    This season, high school golf teams in Murray and Whitfield counties — with a few exceptions — have struggled to put up strong scores on the course. Beyond that, in some cases local schools don’t even have the required amount of golfers to register a team score at region tournaments, per Georgia High School Association rules, with hopes of making the sectional and state tournaments.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Area middle school roundup: Martinez comes through for Kodiaks

    Carlos Martinez scored twice to lead New Hope Middle School’s boys soccer team to a crucial 2-1 win over visiting Bagley on Wednesday.

    April 21, 2014

  • DHS at SE soccer 4 mlh.jpg Region 7-4A championship

    If recent history is any indication, this week’s Region 7-4A championship game may not be the last time the boys soccer teams at Dalton and Southeast Whitfield stand opposed to one another this season.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • St Louis at Rampage 4 mlh.jpg No Attack for Rampage

    The Georgia Rampage’s offense didn’t do anything in the first half — evident by the scoreboard.
    By the time new quarterback Bart Gloyd stepped in, a comeback was out of reach.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video