SPARTANS READY TO RUN IN CIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2010
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SPARTANS READY TO RUN IN CIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western Spartans are back at the CIS cross country championships for the first time since 2002 as they will race in Sherbrooke, Que. this Saturday.

The Spartans six-runner men’s team will compete in the 10km event while the two-runner women’s team will compete in the 5km event.

For the Spartans, the return to the CIS cross-country circuit has been very much what one would expect from a fledgling program.

The team has seen its fair share of tough times but has also mined a few diamonds within the Spartans rough.

Trinity Western competed in four events this year, which included the Whistler Spirit Run, the Western Washington tune-up race, the Western Washington Invitational and the B.C. Athletics Club Championships.

After the four events, the Spartans have seen Marissa Ratzlaff from the women’s side and Mihai Prajea from the men’s side emerge as the consistent team leaders and are hoping they will once again lead the way in Sherbrooke.

“Marissa is really hoping she cracks 21 minutes in her five kilometre event,” said Spartans coach Susan Northey. “It’s a deep field but she’s more than ready and excited to compete against the best in the CIS. As for Mihai, he’s hoping to finish in the top half and a result like that, especially in just the first year of the program here would really do Trinity Western proud.”

Raztlaff, who last year played for Trinity Western’s women’s soccer team, most recently finished 11th at the B.C. Athletics Club Championships where she posted a time of 25:47.01 in the 6km race.

Prajea has been the Spartans top male runner since his first race at the Western Washington tune-up in Bellingham, WA where he posted a time of 28:10 in the 8km event.

Most recently, at the B.C. Athletics Club Championship, Prajea finished 12th with a time of 37:50.28 in the 10km race.

After Ratzlaff and Prajea, one other female – Kendra Peters – and five other males – Gary Cymbaluk, Drew Gibson, David Kostelyk, Andrew Ott and Christopher Voth – will run in Sherbrooke.

“After Mihai, the rest of the boys are really focused on improving and working together as a team to pull each other along. We’d really like to do well as a team and if they can work as something of a unit, we should have a good result.”

The women’s race is at 1:00 p.m. and the men’s race is at 1:45 p.m. at the Sherbrooke Country Club.

-TW-

Last Updated: 2013-08-22
Author: Mark Janzen