TRACK AND FIELD TEAM ADDS NATIONALLY RANKED LONG JUMPER AND ONTARIO SPRINTER

Robbie Gallaugher at B.C. Provincial Championships - credit Jennifer Gauthier/Black Press

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TRACK AND FIELD TEAM ADDS NATIONALLY RANKED LONG JUMPER AND ONTARIO SPRINTER

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Trinity Western University track and field coach Laurier Primeau is excited to announce the recent signing of nationally ranked long jumper Robbie Gallaugher (Surrey, B.) and sprinter Jerelle Jones (Markham, Ont.).

Gallaugher joins the Spartans already a distinguished star in the long jump pit as he most recently finished third at the 2011 Canadian National Championships and, in doing so, posted a personal best jump of 7.46m. Last year’s CIS gold medal was won with a jump of 7.40m by Alberta’s Stephen McPhee, who happened to finish one spot behind Gallaugher at the Canadian National Championships.

Gallaugher also has a personal best high jump of 2.01m, an effort that would have placed him in a tie for second at the 2011 Canada West Track and Field Championships, and will immediately become a key member of the Spartans 4x200m team.

“Robbie is a massive addition to our fledgling track and field program,” Primeau said. “He brings athletic ability that crosses events.   Robbie’s coaching environment over the last couple of years has been a major contributor to his success, and we know that we are blessed to have him on our squad.”

Prior to coming to Trinity Western, the 6-foot-3 Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary graduate, who plans to study human kinetics, competed with the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club. He also played one year of junior football, as a receiver, with the Vancouver Island Raiders of the British Columbia Football Conference. In five games, he had 14 catches for 208 yards and three touchdowns.

Jerelle Jones arrives at Trinity Western as a strong sprinter who has personal bests of 12.70 in the 100m event, 25.91 in the 200m and 58.7 in the 400m.

“Jerelle has the three things that we are looking for at Trinity Western: a very strong academic record out of high school, a history of giving back to the community and speed,” Primeau said. “While she has recently explored moving up to the 400m and 400m hurdles events, her background is as a pure sprinter.  She was injured for much of her senior year, but her Grade 11 performances demonstrate that she will be a very useful athlete for the 60m and 300m events and the two shorter relays.”

Last year, the graduate of Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy was crowned the York Region Athletic Association’s champion in the 400m event and, in prior years , was the 100m champion and the 200m champion.

“I’m excited to be coming to a Christian based school that has a reputation for academics and athletics excellence,” said Jones, who plans to study education.

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Last Updated: 2013-08-22
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