LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western University track and field team continued to expand its competitive repertoire with coach Laurier Primeau announcing the signing of triple and long jumper Eric Dupuis (Myrnam, Alta.) and decathlete Jake Powrie (Vancouver, B.C.) Thursday.

Dupuis and Powrie are the latest pair to join Trinity Western in what has been something of a signing spree this spring and summer for Primeau, as the new track and field and cross country coach, who was hired earlier this year, has been building what looks to be a very competitive team for the upcoming season at both the Canada West and CIS level.

The addition of Dupuis immediately gives Trinity Western a presence on the CIS stage in the triple jump competition. The 6-foot graduate of New Myrnam School comes to the Spartans with a personal best in the triple jump of 13.70m, which would have had him sixth at the 2011 CIS Track and Field Championships, and a PB of 6.45m in the long jump, which would have had him in the top 12 at nationals.

“Eric gives the Trinity Western University men’s horizontal jumps program a huge boost,” Primeau said. “We are very excited to bring Eric in from Alberta. His athletic ability speaks volumes and we know he will be a great fit in the Trinity Western community.”

Dupuis’ most recent triple jump accolades include winning gold at the 2011 Alberta Indoor Senior Championship and medalling at the last two ASAA (Alberta Schools Athletic Association) Provincial Championships. At the 2010 Western Canada Youth Championship, he also won gold in the triple jump and silver in the long jump and was part of a first-place finishing 4x100m relay team.

“Trinity Western is a great Christian school with excellent programs, professors and coaches committed to helping athletes grow in more than just athletic ability,” said Dupuis, who plans to study kinesiology. “I’m excited to be part of the Complete Champion Approach being developed at TWU and look forward to how I can both develop and contribute as a Spartan athlete.”

The 6-foot-4 Powrie, who recently graduated from St. George’s School, joins the Spartans after an impressive senior year in which he won a bronze medal in both decathlon, where he posted a personal best score of 5917, and the 400m hurdles at the B.C. High School Provincial Championships and was a nominee for his school’s Senior Athlete of the Year award.

“Jake will make an immediate impact with his versatility,” said Primeau, who was the St. George’s track and field head coach from 1997 to 2009. “Not only can he be a Canada West scorer in the pentathlon in his freshman year but, with a personal best of 1.91m in the high jump, he can expect to find himself in the mix in that event as well.  To top it off, we know we can use him on a 4 x 400m relay leg.”

To go along with his athletic achievements, Powrie graduated with a 4.0 GPA as well being the recipient of a number of awards including his school’s Headmaster’s Leadership Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the life of the school and excellence in leadership and the Arts Bowl Award, which is given to the most outstanding overall graduating student in the Fine Arts.

“Trinity Western University is a premier athletic and academic university that is continuing to grow and develop rapidly,” said Powrie, who competes with the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track & Field Club. “It’s hard to turn down an opportunity to be a part of something with such potential for greatness.”

About Spartan Athletics
Since Trinity Western entered the CIS in 1999, Spartan student-athletes have accumulated a number of significant awards including a CIS Athlete of the Year (BLG) award, four CIS Player of the Year awards, a CIS Elite Eight Academic All-Canadian award, three CIS Rookie of the Year awards, a CIS Libero of the Year award, three CIS community service awards and numerous CIS All-Canadian and Canada West All-Star awards. In twelve years as members of the CIS, the Spartans have won six national titles (women’s soccer in 2004, 2008, 2009 and men’s volleyball in 2006, 2011), 15 CIS championship medals, an individual CIS championship in track and seven Canada West championships.

About TWU
Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC, is a provincially chartered, independent Christian liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies university, enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include nursing, counselling psychology, marriage and family therapy, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.

About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), winning at least 10 CIS national titles every year, 1997 to 2010. Comprised of 14 schools, from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, the CWUAA produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. “cwuaa” on Twitter.

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Fifty-one universities, 10,000 student-athletes and 550 coaches vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit


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