SPARTANS SIGN VICTORIA POLE VAULTER

Alex Love

TRACK AND FIELD
THURSDAY, AUGUST 18, 2011
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SPARTANS SIGN VICTORIA POLE VAULTER

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LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Trinity Western University track and field coach Laurier Primeau is excited to announce the signing of pole vaulter and sprinter Alex Love  of Victoria, B.C.

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound Love comes to the Spartans after winning a bronze medal in men’s pole vault at the 2011 B.C. High School Track and Field Championships where he had a personal best vault of 4.12m, a height that would have place him sixth at this year’s Canada West Track and Field Championships. In the process, the Oak Bay Secondary graduate also helped his school win both the men’s team title and the overall team championship with a seventh place finish in the decathlon (5240 points), a sixth place finish in the 4x400m relay (his team’s best time was 3:36.93), a 13th place finish in the long jump (his best jump was 6.06m) and a 13th place finish in the 110m hurdles (his best time was 17.60).

Love has posted a personal best of 11.80 in the 100m dash and was part of a 4x100m relay team that has posted a time of 43.58.

He also recently received the award for Juvenile Athlete at the Year from the Victoria Track and Field Club.

“Alex comes from one of the most decorated high school track and field programs in B.C.,” Primeau said. “As such, we know he already understands the expectations of excellence and team contribution that are required for success at the post-secondary level.  The fact he can help demonstrate those qualities to others is a huge asset to our young program as we try to establish our own identity in the CIS.  

“He also has done a masterful job of combining his athletic ability with his academic efforts. He has an entering grade point average of 4.3, and we are confident he will progress both as a vaulter and a scholar at Trinity Western.”

Love graduated from Oak Bay with a dual dogwood, for completing French immersion, and did so with honours with excellence.

“I am very privileged to have been given the opportunity to study at such a highly regarded academic school, which will no doubt provide me with the knowledge to further my studies at the post-secondary level,” said Love, who plans to study biology and chemistry. “I am also very excited to be able to continue my track and field career at the varsity level with TWU in hopes that someday I will get the opportunity to represent my country.”

Love joins a burgeoning Spartans track and field and cross country team that includes incoming recruits Hazel Ross (high jumper and hurdler; Bishopton, Renfrewshire), Hayley Stewart (long jump, triple jump, relays and combined events; Surrey, B.C.), Jake Powrie (decathlete; Vancouver, B.C.), Eric Dupuis (long jump and triple jump, Myrnam, Alta.), Dylan Kelso (long jump and sprints, Nanaimo, B.C.), Fiona Benson (cross country and distance running; Dawson Creek, B.C.), Blair Johnston (cross country and distance running; White Rock, B.C.), Katelynn Ramage (cross country and distance running; Nanaimo, B.C.) Emma Nuttall (high jump; Edinburgh, Scotland) and Callum Innes (sprint and hurdles; Glasgow, Scotland).

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 www.cis-sic.ca.

-TW-

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