SEASON REWIND AND LOOK AHEAD: PART 3 - TRACK AND FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY

TRACK AND FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2011
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SEASON REWIND AND LOOK AHEAD: PART 3 - TRACK AND FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY


LANGLEY, British Columbia –
After yet another outstanding year for the Spartans in the sporting arena and with the 2010-11 season just over a week away from being officially put to bed, we take a look back at each team and the season they had competing for Spartans Athletics and a look forward into what the future might hold in 2011-12.

 

Today: Track and Field and Cross Country
April 6: Swimming
April 7: Men's Soccer
April 8: Men's Hockey
April 11: Women's Volleyball
April 12: Men's Basketball
April 13: Men's Volleyball

This year, the Trinity Western Spartans returned to the track and cross country courses for the first time since 2002 and competed at the CIS championships in cross country and the Canada West championships in track.

The Spartans fledgling program saw some standout performances throughout the year as a number of its athletes posted personal bests in a variety of disciplines.

The women’s side was largely led by Alison Farkash, Marissa Ratzlaff, Breanne Friesen, Kendra Peters and Lisa Geck.

On the cross country trails, Ratzalff led the team throughout the season and was the Spartans top finisher, followed by Peters, at nationals.

On the track Farkash, who joined the team after Christmas, was a leader and a sparkplug for the Spartans. Her best finish at the Canada West track and field championships was 11th in the 3000m race, which she finished in a time of 10:56.77.

Also at the Canada West championships in Manitoba, Peters had a strong showing in the 300m race as she finished 11th overall in a time of 41.71, which was a season’s best. In that same event, Geck finished 20th in a time of 46.50, which was her season’s best, while Friesen finished in a time of 48.73, which was good for 21st overall and also a season’s best.

On the men’s side, Mihai Prajea led the Spartans on both the track and the cross country courses. Prajea had the top Spartans time in all four cross country events he competed in and was consistently the team’s top runner on the track.

At the Canada West track and field championships, Prajea had one of the Spartans best individual performances of the weekend when he finished 11th in the men’s 1000m event in a time of 2:33.85.  

While Prajea was typically the top finisher for the Spartans men, he was followed by a strong supporting cast that included Andrew Ott, Jason Carwile, Christopher Voth and Gary Cymbaluk.

And it was the foursome of Ott, Carwile, Prajea and Voth that produced the Spartans best result at the Canada West track and field championships when they ran the 4x800m event in a time of 8:05.61, which was good for a fifth place finish and also bettered both Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Individually both Voth and Cymbaluk accomplished season’s best at the Canada West championships with Voth racing to a time of 2:34.65 in the 1000m event, placing him 15th overall, and Cymbaluk finishing the 600m event in a time of 1:26.61, which placed him 18th. In that same 600m event, Ott finished in 14th with a time of 1:24.76 while Carwile had a quality performance in the 1500m race when he finished 15th overall in a time of 4:28.52.

A LOOK AHEAD…

Both the Spartans track and, now, field and cross country teams will no doubt take a large next step in their development process this year as they will now run under the guidance of newly hired head coach Laurier Primeau.

Primeau, who returns to the Lower Mainland after two years as the head coach of Scottish Athletics, will look to build upon the foundational first year that previous head coach Susan Northey built at Trinity Western.

Primeau not only joins the Spartans program with a wealth of experience both as an athlete and as a coach, but will also likely bring a following of high-quality track and field athletes to Trinity Western.

Expect the core of the Spartans track and field and cross country teams to return next year, including both Prajea and Farkash, along with a large lot of last year’s supporting cast.

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