CANADA WEST TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW

Emma Nuttall

TRACK AND FIELD
WEDNESDAY, FEBRURARY 22, 2012
CANADA WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CANADA WEST TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS PREVIEW

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
Led by the Scottish duo of high-jumper Emma Nuttall and hurdles, sprints and long jump star Calum Innes, and the distance tandem of Fiona Benson and Blair Johnston, the Trinity Western Spartans enter this year’s Canada West championships with high hopes Feb. 24-25 in Saskatoon, Sask.

The Spartans, under the guidance of first-year head coach Laurier Primeau, who will be competing in its second conference championship since returning to the Canada West fold in track and field last year. After finishing eighth in the men’s competition and not scoring in the women’s competition, Trinity Western will look to make big strides this year as the Spartans will be chasing the possibility of multiple podium finishes.

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Men’s teams will compete for the R.E. DuWors Trophy, while women will battle for the Eleanor Haslam Trophy.

Gold medalists will be considered First Team All-Stars, silver medalists are Second Team All-Stars, including alternates for relay events. Awards will include male and female Outstanding Performer, Track Athlete of the Year, Field Athlete of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Coach of the Year and Student-Athlete Community Award / CIS nomination.

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships take place March 8-10 at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/trackfield/index

TRINITY WESTERN

Men
2010-11 Canada West championship: 8th
2010-11 CIS championship: N/A
Last CW title: none
Last CIS title: none

Women
2010-11 CW: N/A
2010-11 CIS: N/A
Last CW title: none
Last CIS title: none

Nuttall comes into this weekend’s meet having posted a CIS-leading season’s best high jump of 1.81m, while Innes sits atop the Canada West rankings with a season’s best time of 8.22 in the 60m hurdles and is third in the conference rankings in the 60m dash with a best time of 6.99. He is also ranked ninth in Canada West in the long jump, having jumped 6.68m.

Benson comes into the weekend as the top-ranked Canada West runner in the 1500m as her time of 4:31.30 is the fastest in the conference, and eighth-fastest in CIS. Benson has also posted the fifth-fastest 3000m time in Canada West (9:54.76) two weeks ago on the 307m Dempsey Fieldhouse track.

Johnston is also very much in the mix for a podium position in the 3000m as he has the third fastest time in Canada West this year, stopping the clock at an adjusted time of 8:29.35.

Also look for Eric Dupuis in the triple jump to make some noise, as he is currently sixth in the conference with a season’s best 13.42m, and Jake Powrie in the pentathlon, who ranks sixth with a best of 3387 points. Hazel Ross is ranked sixth in high jump (1.66m) and eighth in the 60m hurdles (9.07). Hayley Stewart enters the conference championships sixth in the long jump (5.43m).

SCHEDULE

Day 1     Friday  Session 1
2:00pm          M           Weight Toss FINAL
2:00pm          M            Long Jump FINAL
2:15pm          W            60m Hurdles Pentathlon
2:25pm          W            60m Hurdles Heats
2:40pm          M            60m Hurdles Pentathlon
2:50pm          M            60m Hurdles  Heats
3:05pm          W            High Jump Pentathlon
3:10pm          W            1000m Timed-section FINAL
3:25pm          M            1000m Timed-section FINAL
3:40pm          W            300m Heats
4:00pm          M            300m Heats
4:00pm          M            Long Jump Pentathlon
4:15pm          W            Shot Put Pentathlon
4:20pm          W            3000m FINAL
4:35pm          M            3000m FINAL
5:10pm          M            Shot Put Pentathlon
5:15pm          W            Long Jump Pentathlon

Session 2
6:30pm          W            Long Jump FINAL
6:35pm          W            Pole Vault FINAL
6:40pm          M            High Jump Pentathlon
6:50pm          M            60mH FINAL
6:50pm          W            Shot Put FINAL
7:00pm          W`          60mH FINAL
7:15pm          M            300m FINAL
7:20pm          W            300m FINAL
7:30pm          W            800m Pentathlon
7:50pm          M            1000m Pentathlon
8:00pm          M            4x800m Relay FINALS
8:15pm          W            4x800m Relay INALS

Day 2     Saturday       Session 3
11:30am       W            Weight Toss FINAL
12:15pm       M            Triple Jump FINAL
12:20pm       W            60m    Heats
12:30pm       W            High Jump FINAL
12:40pm       M            60m    Heats
1:00pm          M            Pole Vault FINAL
1:10pm          W            600m FINAL
1:25pm          M            600m FINAL
1:40pm          W            60m        FINAL
1:45pm          M            60m        FINAL
2:00pm          M            Shot Put FINAL
2:15pm          W            Triple Jump FINAL
2:30pm          M            High Jump FINAL

Session 4
2:45pm          W            4x200 Relay FINAL
2:55pm          M            4x200m Relay FINAL
3:05pm          W            1500m FINAL
3:20pm          M            1500m FINAL
3:50pm          W            4x400m Relay FINAL
4:00pm          M            4x400m Relay FINAL

CIS RANKINGS (February 21st)

Women
1. Guelph 84.5 pts / (1)
2. Windsor 75.5 / (2)
3. Western 63.5 / (3)
4. Toronto 59 / (4)
5. Saskatchewan 55.5 / (5)
6. Calgary 45.5 / (6)
7. York 41 / (8)
8. Alberta 38.5 / (7)
9. McMaster 36 / (9)
10. Sherbrooke 29 / (NR)

Men
1. Windsor 125 pts / (1)
2. Guelph 88 / (2)
3. Ottawa 73.5 / (4)
4. York 72.5 / (3)
5. Western 64.5 / (5)
6. Sherbrooke 39 / (6)
7. Laval 36.5 / (T7)
8. Toronto 33 / (T7)
9. Saskatchewan 26.5 / (9)
10. Dalhousie 26 / (NR)

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS & PANDAS

Men
2010-11 Canada West championship: 3rd
2010-11 CIS championship: 6th
Last CW title: 2006
Last CIS title: 2001

Women
2010-11 CW: 2nd
2010-11 CIS: 4th
Last CW title: 1985
Last CIS title: 1983

Key additions: Teodor Kostelinik, Erin Humphreys, Leah Walkeden

Key returnees: Lindsey Bergevin (PV), Stephen McPhee (LJ), Kathryn McCaffrey (Hurdles and Triple Jump), Courtney Wilkes (Hurdles and Triple Jump), Nicole Soderberg (600m), Graeme Law (1,000m)

Key departure: Amanda Schneck

EDMONTON – The Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas head to the Canada West championships looking to continue their run of podium finishes.

The Pandas turn to a number of athletes for medals, including former CIS medalist Lindsey Bergevin (pole vault), as well as Nicole (600m) and Alana Soderberg, Leanne Hildebrandt (long jump), Kathryn McCaffrey and Courtney Wilkes (hurdles and triple jump) and rookie sprinter Leah Walkeden. Transfer athlete Erin Humphreys (3,000m), formerly of the Saskatchewan Huskies, gives Alberta experience in distance running, while Ciera Heshka-Wolf will look to finish in the top five in weight throw.

The 4x200m and 4x800m women’s relay teams are threats to medal as well, likewise the Golden Bears’ relay teams in the 4x200m and 4x400m races.

On the men’s side, sophomore Stephen McPhee represent’s Alberta’s best chance at a gold medal, as the 2011 CIS rookie of the year is top contender in men’s long jump and pentathlon. Rookie Teodor Kostelnik joins McPhee in the long jump pits, while Isaac Tyler will contend in the high jump. Rookies Ben Williams (60m dash) and Adam Osborne (pole vault) could surprise, while veteran Graeme Law will contend in the men’s 1,000m. Smith Wright, who doubles as a Golden Bears’ football running back, will compete for points in the throws.

CALGARY DINOS

Men
2010-11 Canada West championship: 2nd
2010-11 CIS championship: 13th
Last CW title: 1999
Last CIS title: none

Women
2010-11 CW: 1st
2010-11 CIS: 3rd
Last CW title: 2011
Last CIS title: 2007

CALGARY – The Calgary Dinos begin conference competition in the post-Sam Effah/ Amonn Nelson era.

The women have a number of athletes ranked highly among Canada West competition. Kimberley Stephenson, Jenn Zimmer, Danielle Parish, Allison Kendall, and Azeline Martino are all in the top five in at least one category while Rachel Machin, Rachael McIntosh, and Jamie Waine also have number one ranking in at least one event.

McIntosh is ranked No. 1 in the pentathlon heading into the weekend, while Machin was the 2011 Canada West rookie of the year and heads in as the top-ranked athlete in the 60-metre hurdles and the long jump and No. 2 in the high jump.

On the men’s side, Craig Thomas, Trent Johnston and Andrej Brajic have top five rankings in their events. If the Dinos men are able to take the Canada West title this weekend, it would be the first time they have done it since they won back-to-back in 1998 and 1999.

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS

Men
2010-11 Canada West championship: 7th
2010-11 CIS championship: N/A
Last CW title: none
Last CIS title: none

Women
2010-11 CW: 7th
2010-11 CIS: 17th
Last CW title: none
Last CIS title: none

LETHBRIDGE, AB - A season after only qualifying eight athletes for the conference meet the smallest in recent years, the Lethbridge Pronghorns return with a significantly larger and improved group of athletes. Head coach Larry Steinke is pleased to have 22 athletes qualify for the conference meet and the strong group of young athletes are expected to produce solid results.

Fifth-year senior Kyle Murray will be the leader for the young ‘Horns side.Murray is currently ranked second in the 300 metres and will challenge for a gold medal in his final conference meet. He is also expected to challenge for a medal in the 600 metres. Newcomer Evan Brown is also expected to have a good result in the 600 metres.

Historically strong in the throws events, the new crop of throwers has arrived, taking the torch from the Steacy family. Rookie throwers Hailey Lyon, Christina Juert, Nathan Burris, and Ryan Sommer have produced good early season results and are all poised to make some noise in the throwing events.

MANITOBA BISONS

Men
2010-11 Canada West championship: 4th
2010-11 CIS championship: 10th
Last CW title: 2009
Last CIS title: 1996

Women
2010-11 CW: 6th
2010-11 CIS: 20th
Last CW title: 1996
Last CIS title: none

WINNIPEG – Both Manitoba Bisons teams have a goal to finish in the top four of the team event.

The Bisons men’s is a relatively young team that has shown incremental improvement in results throughout the year as they field 25 athletes with only three fifth-year seniors, plus six rookies and 10 sophomores.

In the conference rankings, second year Wilfred Samking is fourth in 60m; rookie Matthew Fitkowsky is second while fifth-year Zacharie Durand is fifth and second-year Dylan Ostberg is sixth in 300m; Durand is third in 600m; fifth year Travis Toet and second year Eric Thacher are third and fourth in 1000m; second-year Paul Rydberg is fifth in 60m hurdles; second-year Arthur Buchanan is second while rookie Neil Clark is fourth and second-year Steven Shwaykosky is sixth in high jump; third-year Eric Furletti is fourth in pole vault and Rydberg is fifth in pentathlon. The relays are all ranked in the top three, with the 4x400m ranked first and the 4x200m, 4x800m relay teams second.

The Bisons women’s team is a more experienced and has had steady improvements in results throughout the season, fielding 24 student-athletes, with a majority as junior (6), fourth year (6) and fifth year seniors (5).

In the conference rankings, fifth year Lisa Wong is second and rookie Sade Ogungbemi is sixth in the 60m; second-year Jacky Phalen is second and third-year Michelle Lavoie is fifth in the 1000m plus Phalen is sixth in the 1500m; fifth-year Lacey deJong is sixth in the 3000m and third-year Amanda Gundrum is ranked sixth in triple jump. The relays are all ranked in the top four, with the 4x400m is ranked second, the 4x800m third and the 4x200m fourth.

REGINA COUGARS

Men
2010-11 Canada West championship: 1st
2010-11 CIS championship: 3rd
Last CW title: 2011
Last CIS title: none

Women
2010-11 CW: 4th
2010-11 CIS: 12th
Last CW title: none
Last CIS title: none

REGINA - The University of Regina men’s team will be shooting for its third consecutive Canada West championship this weekend in Saskatoon.
 
The Cougars hold the No. 1-ranked athletes in the conference in three separate events. Chris Pickering is ranked first in the shot put and second in the weight throw; Tait Nystuen has the fastest time in the 300m this season and rookie Ahmed Al Kabary remains top Canada West athlete in the long jump.

Justin Baker is ranked No. 2 in the conference in the 60m hurdles and joins Pickering (shot put) as the only two U of R athletes to have hit a CIS standard this season, while rookies Tevaughn Campbell (60m) and Arthur Ward (triple jump) are also ranked second in Canada West. Michael Barber (pentathlon) and Simon Hauser (triple jump) go in ranked third in their events.

The Cougars have two other athletes ranked in Canada West’s top five, including Ethan Gardner (No. 4 in the 300-metre dash) and Lex Ewen (No. 5 in the triple jump).

The women’s team will also be a very young squad as Shalane Haselhan, a third-year athlete, comes into the conference meet ranked No. 3 in the long jump and No. 5 in the high jump. In her first season of CIS eligibility, Megan Rumpel is ranked No. 3 in Canada West in the pentathlon and No. 4 in the high jump. Rumpel’s top score in the high jump this season was 1.70m, just one centimetre short of hitting the CIS standard and tying the University of Regina record.

Third-year thrower Chantelle Labrecque is ranked No. 3 in the shot put and No. 5 in the weight throw, while Merissa Margetts is ranked fifth in the conference in the 60m hurdles.

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES

Men
2010-11 Canada West championship: 5th
2010-11 CIS championship: 7th
Last CW title: 2007
Last CIS title: 2005

Women
2010-11 CW: 3rd
2010-11 CIS: 7th
Last CW title: 2010
Last CIS title: 2005

Key returnees: Lane Britnell, Teresa Hill, Jodi Souter, Sharai Siemens

Key additions: Davis Guenther, Danielle Kabatoff, Morgan Sawatzky

Key departures: Taryn Suttie, Taylor Petrucha Andrew Smith

SASKATOON - The Saskatchewan Huskies are looking to make a splash as hosts of the 2012 Canada West track & field championships.

Returning to the team to improve upon their Canada West performances from one year ago are pole vaulters Lane Britnell and Teresa Hill, throwers Nolan Machiskinic and Kristen Mackie and high-jumper Lincoln Crooks. Britnell and Crooks each won silver medals at the conference championship in 2011, while the rest earned bronze medals. Britnell also went on to win the gold medal at the CIS championships.  

Also returning are distance runners and cross country all-stars Marcia Richards and Jodi Souter. Richards finished second in the 1500m in 2011, while Souter returns to the team after a year absence. In 2010, she won bronze medals in the 1000m and 1500m events. Sprinter Sharai Siemens also returns to the team after a year absence. In 2009 and 2010, she won silvers in the 300m.

Other Huskies to watch for are triple-jumper Cossy Nachilobe, rookie sprinter Morgan Sawatzky, rookie distance runner Davis Guenther in the 600m and 1000m, rookie jumper Danielle Kabatoff in the high jump, long jump and triple jump and shot putter Karla Gabruch-Johnson. All are top-ranked in their events heading Nachilobe ranked No. 1 in CIS. Saskatchewan will expect to be strong in women’s relays. The 4x200m team is ranked No. 1 in CIS and the 4x400m is ranked second.

VICTORIA VIKES

Men
2010-11 Canada West championship: 6th
2010-11 CIS championship: 15th
Last CW title: none
Last CIS title: none

Women
2010-11 CW: 5th
2010-11 CIS: 18th
Last CW title: none
Last CIS title: none

Key additions: Jackson Bocksnick, Ryan Cassidy, Rachel Francois, Grace Annear

Key returnees: Adam Gaudes, Cliff Childs, John Pratt, Dylan Haight, Jenna Van Vliet, Stephanie Trenholm, Alicia Roske

Key departure: Darren Mazzei

VICTORIA – Led by a strong blend of youth and experience, a series of meets in Seattle and throughout Western Canada have prepared the Vikes for a strong showing at the Canada West championships.

On the men's side, John Pratt and Cliff Childs are runners to watch.

Pratt is currently ranked No. 1 in CIS in the 600m, an event in which he is the school record holder. He will also run the 4x400-metre and 4x800-metre relays. He was the Western Canada Games 800m champion this past summer.

Childs, a fifth-year senior, is ranked No. 1 in Canada West in the men's 3000m, having set a personal best of 8:15 for the 3000m on Feb. 11. He is also ranked No. 2 in the 1500m behind Vikes teammate Karl Robertson. Childs will compete at the World University cross country championships in Lodz, Poland on April 14.

Rookie Rachel Francois is the top Vikes female after capturing gold in the women's 600m at the Golden Bear Open and meeting the CIS standard in a new personal best time of 1:32.05. She also set a personal best in the 300m (40.09), No. 2 at the time in CIS. Francois also set a new school record in the 800m, (2:07.70), breaking the UVic record.

Vikes senior Alicia Roske, the defending Canada West 3000m champion, recently clocked a time of 9:52.65 to move to the No. 3 ranking in the conference.

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 16 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West 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.

A proud member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).

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