TRACK & FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FORMER ENDURANCE RUNNING CANADIAN CHAMPION BRINGS EXPERTISE TO TRINITY WESTERN
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western track and field and cross country teams took a huge leap forward Friday with the announcement that former Canadian champion long-distance runner Mark Bomba will assist the Spartans as the team’s Endurance Director.
Bomba comes to Trinity Western with an extensive background as both an athlete and a coach and will no doubt help to develop the Spartans middle distance and cross country runners into competitive racers on the national scene.
As an athlete, he was the national champion in both the 10,000 metre distance and half marathon distance in 2005 while also winning the Canadian cross country title in 2000. He competed in the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 2005, the IAAF World Cross Country Championships in 2001 and 2003 and the Chiba Ekiden Relay in 2002 and 2004. To go along with all that, he was also the 1993 NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) national champion in the 1500 metre event while competing for Simon Fraser University.
Most recently, Bomba was ranked as the top masters (over-40) 10km runner in Canada.
As a coach, Bomba has been the personal coach to Canadian national team members such as Richard Mosley (World Cross Country Championships qualifier), Matt Johnston (Canadian medalist and two-time World Cross Country competitor) and Bruno Mazzotta (Canadian Junior 5000m champion and World Cross Country competitor).
He has also coached various B.C. provincial team members in a number of disciplines from 800m to the marathon. Currently, he is the head coach of the track and field and cross country teams at North Surrey Secondary School.
“The Trinity Western cross country and track and field programs just got richer after having secured the coaching services of Mark Bomba,” said Laurier Primeau, the head coach of the Spartans track and field and cross country teams. “Not only has Mark mentored multiple national team members, he has also developed a keen understanding of what it takes to succeed at the highest level through his own running accomplishments and subsequent research.
“Having an individual associated with the Spartans who has been the Canadian Champion in the 10,000 metre race on the track, the half marathon competition on the road, and the cross country event on the trails is a rare triple crown that is sure to impact our student-athletes from an inspirational perspective as well as from the physical preparation they will receive. I am confident our endurance program will flourish under Mark’s guidance.”
Bomba has his NCCP Level Two Technical Certificate for distance running. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser and a Bachelor of Education degree from Thompson Rivers University.
“It’s a chance to work with some young people and I enjoy doing that,” Bomba said. “It’s really exciting to come to a relatively new program because you can put your imprint on it. We’re basically starting from scratch and while there are always growing pains, you get to mold the program and decide the direction it goes in. You get to lay your foundation and hope those things are going to be the things that are going to be the values of the team and what the teams stands for, for years to come. “
The first big test for Bomba and the Spartans endurance runners is just over six months away when the cross country team will travel to Quebec for the CIS National Cross Country Championships Nov. 12 hosted by Laval.
Bomba comes to a Spartans track and field and cross country team that is quickly building momentum since the hiring of Laurier this spring. The team has had a number of high-level student-athletes commit recently – most notably Scottish sprinting star Calum Innes – with several more to be announced in the near future.
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