Welcome to the 2015-16 season of US Academic Triathlon

We are very excited about the upcoming season and the future of USAT! Please spend some time on this website where you will find a lot of great coaching and competition resources, this season’s schedule, and registration materials.

Peggy giving out trophies to the 2015 State Competition winners
Peggy giving out trophies to the 2015 State Competition winners

This year brings major changes to the organization’s leadership. It is with great sadness that we bid adieu to our wonderful founder, Peggy Sheldon, as she embarks on the great journey that is retirement. Peggy created USAT and led the organization for nearly 30 years, often doing most of the work herself. For decades Peggy brainstormed and wrote Meet content, packaged Meet materials, and produced the State competition event single-handedly. Please join us as we wish Peggy the best of luck in retirement!

Over the past few years you may have noticed some new, but familiar, names on the website and in our correspondence. Alison (Sheldon) Weaverdyck, Peggy’s daughter; Daniel Sheldon, Peggy’s younger of two sons, and Sarah Kirchner Sheldon, Peggy’s daughter-in-law, formally joined the staff of USAT five years ago as the organization continued to grow. This year’s leadership change will now put those names in the forefront, but will continue under Peggy’s great example (and occasional guidance). The structure of the program and its goals have not changed, and we look forward to working with you again this year to offer a rewarding and fun opportunity for your students.

Sarah Kirchner Sheldon, former Minnesota State Coordinator, will now serve as Executive Director and continue to be the main contact for all coaches, coordinators, parents, and teams. You can reach her directly at

Alison Weaverdyck is the Creative Director and in charge of curriculum and maintaining a high level of excellence as USAT continues to challenge and inspire participating students. Don’t miss her weekly articles about methods for boosting creativity and helping your team play to its strengths! You can find them on this website, get them sent directly to your email by subscribing to this blog (see sign up box at right), and through our Facebook page. You can reach her directly at

Daniel Sheldon is now the Production Director and is in charge of creating and shipping high quality Meet materials. You can reach him directly at

With this change in leadership, we have moved the USAT headquarters back to the Twin Cities (specifically St. Paul) to be more centrally located. Please take note of our new mailing address:

US Academic Triathlon
2355 Fairview Ave #335
Roseville, MN 55113

Did you know US Academic Triathlon is a registered 501c3 tax-exempt organization? Keep your eye out this season for our involvement in local giving events such as Give to the Max Day and #GivingTuesday.

We appreciate your continued support and look forward to challenging your students during another great seasons of US Academic Triathlon!

Announcements, For Hosts and Facilitators

2015-2016 Season Dates

Mark your calendars!

Round Robin Competitions:

December 11, January 8, February 19

Schedules will be posted after Registration has closed.

Snow/Make up date: February 26

Regional Competition: March 18

State Competition: April 16


Congratulations to the 2015 MN State Winners

We had a great State competition last weekend thanks to our fabulous volunteers and student competitors. Everyone did an awesome job, but we wanted to give special recognition to this season’s champions.
Green Meet (Challenger)
1st: North Junior High, St. Cloud C088
2nd: Math/Science Academy C006
3rd: Woodbury MS C085

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Violet Meet (Challenger)
1st: Woodbury Middle School C084
2nd: Byron Middle School C041
3rd: Lake Middle School C066

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Cream Meet (Cross Trainer)
1st: Edina Valley View Middle School X001
2nd: Triton/Dodge Center X052
3rd: North Junior High, St. Cloud X021

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We’ll have another gallery of “candid” photos by our roving photographer coming soon, and if you’d have any you’d like to share, feel free to email them to

Announcements, For Coaches and Teachers, For Hosts and Facilitators, For Parents

Get Your Info for the State Meet

We have added a special page to this site with the information you need if you are participating in the State Meet on February 28. Congratulations to teams who qualified!

Visit the State 2015 Page.

Announcements, For Coaches and Teachers, For Hosts and Facilitators, For Kids

Meet 2 Reflection

That’s two Round Robins down and only one to go! We’d love to hear from you about our second Meet of the season.

Did any students display a special or surprising talent? Did you get a kick out of any of challenges? Were there items on the Face-Off that even stumped the parents?

Leave us a comment by clicking “Leave a Comment” below the title of this post and send your photos to to get them into our upcoming photo gallery.