BENSON, JOHNSTON NAMED B.C. JUNIOR CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

CROSS COUNTRY
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011
BC ATHLETICS AWARDS

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BENSON, JOHNSTON NAMED B.C. JUNIOR CROSS COUNTRY ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Trinity Western cross country runners Fiona Benson (Dawson Creek, B.C.) and Blair Johnston (White Rock, B.C.) were each named B.C. Cross Country Athletes of the Year in the junior women’s and men’s category respectively and will be given their award at the 2011 BC Athletics Annual Awards Banquet Saturday at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

“We are very proud of Blair and Fiona,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “Their results have spoken for themselves and they are receiving just rewards for their athletic endeavors, but more importantly they are excellent people who serve the greater good.  They understand that while running is a big part of their lives, it's not the only part.  Giving to the community and living their faith are pivotal in their journey, and we are fortunate to see their growth in all of these areas.”

Both athletes just recently completed their first cross country seasons at the CIS level and both had outstanding campaigns, capped by impressive results at the Canadian Cross Country Championships.

Benson finished seventh at the Canadian National Junior Cross Country Championships Nov. 26 at Jericho Park in Vancouver, B.C. Her time of 18:59 in the five kilometre event was just 25 seconds behind the leader and was the top time amongst junior-aged B.C. runners.

Two weeks prior to that, Benson was the Spartans top women’s finisher at the CIS national championships in Quebec City as she finished 48th overall with a time of 19:42 over a five kilometre distance. For her efforts she was named to the Canada West Second All-Star Team after finishing 14th amongst conference runners.

Benson also won the women's junior race at the B.C. Club Championships Oct. 29 at Aldergrove Lake Park.

Benson joined the Spartans this fall after a year at Grande Prairie Regional College where she won the CCAA (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association) Cross Country Championships in 2010.

Johnston, who arrived at Trinity Western straight out of high school, from White Rock Christian Academy, capped his 2011 cross country season with an eighth place finish in the eight kilometre Canadian Cross Country Championships race. Johnston finished in a time of 26:55 and, like Benson, was the top junior runner in the province.

This followed on the heels of a 41st place finish at the CIS national championships in which he completed the 10 kilometre race in 33:57. His time had him 10th amongst Canada West runners and therefore he too was named to the Canada West Second All-Star Team.

Johnston also won the men's junior race at the B.C. Club Championships Oct. 29 at Aldergrove Lake Park.

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