Silver & Two Bronze For Spartans

Laura Wilson

Track and Field
Saturday, March 09, 2002
CIS National Championships


Silver & Two Bronze For Spartans

Langley, British Columbia
–The Trinity Western University Track and Field pulled down a silver medal and two bronze medals at this years CIS National Track and Field Championships held March 8-9 in Sherbrooke, PQ. The five member Spartan team was led by Ian Sharp who came second in the men’s 1000 meter, Laura Wilson who finished third in the 60 meters and Justin Beanblossom who finished third in the men’s 600 meters.

The medals by Sharp and Beanblossom marked the first ever medals for TWU’s men’s track team, while Laura Wilson’s bronze medal will hang with her gold medal, which she won at last years championships.

The results of the men’s 1000 meter had Windsor’s Ryan McKenzie take the gold with a time of 2:27.49 seconds. Originally McKenzie was disqualified for running out of his lane and Sharp was given the gold medal, but the University of Windsor won their appeal and McKenzie’s time was reinstated. In the end Sharp’s time of 2:28.73 was just enough to squeak out the silver by 6/100th of a second. He just beat out Victoria’s Craig Babiuk who had to settle for third with a time of 2:28.79 seconds.

“Ian ran the race of his life,” said Wiebe. “Once again he started out slow for the first couple of laps but he had an amazing finish. Over the last 100 meters he passed 6 guys including Babiuk in the last 3 meters to take the silver.”

After missing last years National Championships because of injury, TWU’s Justin Beanblossom made up for it by earning a bronze medal in this years men’s 600 meters with a time of 1:20.90 seconds. Beanblossom was less then a second from taking the silver medal, which went to Calgary’s Darren Clarke with a time of 1:20.22 seconds. The gold medal went to Windsor’s Ryan MacKenzie with a time of 1:19.15 seconds.

“Justin ran an amazing race with a personal best,” said Wiebe. “He could not have run a smarter race, he was solid throughout and had a very courageous race.”

The University of Windsor’s Ryan MacKenzie had an outstanding meet as he came away with 4 gold medals, the 600 meters, the 1000 meters, the 1500 meter and as a member of Windsor’s men’s 4 x800 meter relay team.

Laura Wilson took the bronze medal in the women’s 60 meters with a time of 7.59 seconds a mere 6/100th of a second off of the gold medal pace set by Sherbrooke’s Martine Cloutier with a time of 7.53 seconds. Waterloo’s Daniella Carrington missed the gold by 1/100th of a second with a time of 7.54 seconds.

“Laura prepared her self well and was first after the 40 meters, but the other two medallists were able to pass her in the final 20 meters,” said Wiebe.

Filling out the Spartans squad in their first CIS championship appearance were Aleena Zibin who finished 10th in the women’s shot put with a throw of 11.53 meters and Rachel Tarvudd who finished 10th in the women’s pentathlon with 3,078 points and tied for 8th in the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.60 meters.

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