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Welcome to GCU Men’s & Women’s Triathlon Club

The GCU Co-ed Triathlon Club team is about inspiring and progressing together so that we gain the ability to both complete and compete in triathlons and duathlons of every distance throughout Arizona and the nation.

Triathlon is one sport, containing three events – swim, bike, run – that will test your mind, body and heart to a completely unique level. Students seek this sport because at its core, it challenges you to become your best. You can go all in and decide to chase the podium, but it’s equally admirable to set your goal of learning the sport and completing your first-ever sprint triathlon. Crossing that finish line knowing you’ve laid down your best effort creates experience and momentum – regardless of where you are in your journey. Those lessons can be translated to every other area of life – with determination, positivity and a purpose to make each moment count.

GCU Co-ed Triathlon Club is about racing fast, living the values of servant leadership, empowering teammates and working together to become our best. Lopes Up!

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GCU Triathlon Club Schedules

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GCU Triathlon Club Roster

  • Jasmine Alvarenga
  • Abigail Bigelow
  • Cheyanne Boaz
  • Troy Clark
  • Spencer Crouder
  • Sam Cummings
  • Derik DeFrance
  • Kirsten Fotieo
  • Jessica Graves
  • Jonathan Junker
  • Alysia Kilcrease
  • Hannah McCulley
  • Matthew Penksaw
  • Nova Scott
  • Isaac Sufferin
  • Tim Vail
  • Nick Windauer
  • Jacob Windauer

GCU Triathlon Club Coaching Staff

Matt Johnson

Student Co-Head Coach
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A new era begins for the Grand Canyon University Triathlon Club as Matt Johnson begins his first year as student co-head coach of the Lopes. While it may be Johnson’s first year coaching triathlon, he has prepared for this moment in different ways over the last seven years of his life.  In his first year with the team, Johnson spent the 2019-20 season observing how former student co-coaches Jake and Nick Windauer, and then Troy Clark, Jr., juggled their studies, internships and jobs while still keeping the club a priority and growing the Lopes’ program. Johnson can use his own improvement as a Lope last year – along with his previous experience – to do the same.

Johnson first began his quest to become a triathlete when he began cycling seven years ago in his hometown of Everett, Washington near Seattle.  He then became the team captain for the Henry M. Jackson High School Swim team for two years, and spent three years running cross country for the Timberwolves.  He also began his coaching career in nearby Bothell, Washington, coaching swimming for a year at the McMenamins Anderson School pool.

Johnson enters his junior year at GCU, majoring in Business Management with a minor in Marketing, and is on track to graduate in April 2022.

Rachel Clifton

Student Co-Head Coach
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While she may be just a sophomore at Grand Canyon University, Rachel Clifton has been working to be a student head coach for club sports ever since she first stepped foot on the campus in the fall of 2019. Clifton spent part of last year working to restart the GCU Club Cycling program before merging her efforts with the Triathlon Club as student co-coach in 2020-21.

Clifton came to Phoenix from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she unknowingly prepared to be a triathlete all through high school.  Clifton spent all four years of her time at Patrick Henry High School in the ‘Mini-Apple’ both running track and with the cycling program, earning the school’s Athena Award (to honor outstanding women athletes) in the process. A three-year captain for the Patriots’ track team, Clifton participated in a three-day, 60-mile run from Minneapolis to Duluth as a junior, while also taking part in two half-marathons and several trail races.

On the bike, in addition to her four years of high school experience, Clifton spent a year cycling on the club/national level, racing at mountain bike nationals in 2019 while coaching for Loppet Cycle Works team. Clifton also tries to strengthen her preparation for triathlon by doing CrossFit and weightlifting.

An Exercise Science major at GCU while minoring in Spanish, Clifton is exploring working for her Master’s degree in nursing once she graduates in April of 2023.