SPARTANS READY TO CONTEND AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Calum Innes

TRACK AND FIELD
TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012
CIS CHAMIONSHIPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SPARTANS READY TO CONTEND AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

LANGLEY, British Columbia –
The Trinity Western men’s and women’s track and field teams will be competing in the CIS national championships for the first time since 2003 this weekend when the participate in the season-ending event in Winnipeg, which is hosted by the University of Manitoba at the Max Bell Fieldhouse Mar. 8-10.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/trackfield/index

The Spartans, who are in their second year back in the university fold after the program was dissolved in 2003, will have five athletes competing at nationals this year including high jumper Emma Nuttall, hurdlers Calum Innes and Hazel Ross, 1500m runner Fiona Benson and pentathlete Jake Powrie.

While Trinity Western is only in its second season, the Spartans, who didn’t have anyone qualify for the national championships last year, will certainly have some legitimate medal threats once the competition begins Thursday.

Led by Nuttall, who is the top-ranked high jumper going into the national championships, Innes, who is the fourth-ranked hurdler, and Benson, who is the fourth-ranked runner in the 1500m event, Trinity Western is on track for a potential medal haul. Add to the aforementioned trio both Powrie, who is ranked seventh in the CIS in pentathlon and Ross, who is ranked 14th in the 60m hurdles and Trinity Western has a formidable quintet heading to Winnipeg.

TRINITY WESTERN TRACK AND FIELD

Men
2011-12 Canada West Championship: 7th
2010-11 CIS Championship: N/A
Last CW title: None
Last CIS title: None

Women
2011-12 Canada West Championship: 7th
2010-11 CIS Championship: N/A
Last CW title: None

ATHLETES COMPETING

EMMA NUTTALL – High Jump – Ranked 1st in CIS (1.81m) – PB: 1.83m (Scottish Senior Championships – Feb. 26, 2011)

Nuttall is in her first year with Trinity Western after she moved from Scotland to join former Scotland Athletics head coach Laurier Primeau at Trinity Western this past fall. The 6-foot Edinburgh native has a personal best clearance of 1.83m, doing so in 2011 en route to winning the Scottish Senior Championships. With Trinity Western, Nuttall has a season’s best 1.81m jump, which she cleared while taking top spot at the University of Washington Indoor Preview. Nuttall, who is studying history, tied for first at the Canada West Championships, clearing 1.79m, but settled for the silver medal after a countback. She was given honourable mention for Canada West Female Rookie of the Year and Female Field Event Athlete of the Year. Nuttall also possesses a share of her country’s native record, with Jayne Barnetson, at 1.83m.

CALUM INNES – 60m Hurdles – Ranked 4th in CIS (8.22) – PB: 8.22 (Canada West Championships – Feb. 24, 2012 and University of Washington Preview – Jan. 14, 2012)

Innes is in his first year at Trinity Western after he joined the Spartans after moving from Bearsden Glasgow, Scotland. The 5-foot-11 sprinter, who is studying human kinetics, has been impressive on the track this year as he has twice posted a personal best of 8.22 in the 60m hurdles, doing so at the Canada West Championships en route to winning the gold medal and the University of Washington Indoor Preview. Innes was given Canada West honourable mention for Male Rookie of the Year and Male Track Athlete of the Year.

FIONA BENSON – 1500m – Ranked 4th in CIS (4:27.76) – PB: 4:27.76 (Flotrack Husky Classic – Feb. 11, 2012)

Benson was the Spartans big winner at the Canada West Championships as she was the lone Trinity Western athlete to capture two medals – gold in the 3000m with a time of 4:34.09 and silver in the 100m with a time of 2:53.48. The second-year Benson, who is studying human kinetics, arrived at Trinity Western last fall after attending Grande Prairie Regional College, where she won gold at the 2010 CCAA Cross Country Championships and was a CCAA Academic All-Canadian. Benson was given Canada West honourable mention for the Female Community Service Student-Athlete of the Year and Female Track Athlete of the Year.

JAKE POWRIE – Pentathlon – Ranked 7th in CIS (3582 points) – PB: 3581 points (Canada West Championships – Feb. 24, 2012)

Powrie is in his first year at Trinity Western and enters the men’s pentathlon at the national championships as the seventh ranked athlete in the CIS and, after winning a bronze medal at the conference championships, third in Canada West. Powrie, who is studying philosophy, set a Spartans record at the Canada West championships as he posted a personal best score of 3581 points. The 6-foot-4 graduate of St. George’s School, was a B.C. High School Provincial Championships bronze medalist in both the decathlon and 400m hurdles in his senior year.

HAZEL ROSS – 60m Hurdles – Ranked 14th in CIS (8.90) – PB: 8.90 (Canada West Championships – Feb. 24, 2012)

Ross, is in her first year at the university level and, like Innes and Nuttall, joined the Spartans this past fall from Scotland. But while she’s only in her first season in Canada, she has already proven herself to be amongst the best in Canada West in the 60m hurdles. Ross, who is studying human kinetics, posted a personal best indoor time of 8.90 at the Canada West championships as she finished fourth.

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Session I
2:00 pm Weight Throw W Final
3:30 pm 60 M Hurdles W Pent
3:45 pm 60 M Hurdles M Pent – Jake Powrie
4:15 pm High Jump W Pent
4:30 pm Long Jump M Pent – Jake Powrie
5:45 pm Shot Put M Pent – Jake Powrie
6:30 pm 60 M W Heats
6:45 pm 60 M M Heats
6:45 pm Shot Put W Pent
7:30 pm 60 M W Final
7:40 pm 60 M M Final
8:00 pm Long Jump W Pent
8:15 pm High Jump M Pent – Jake Powrie
9:00 pm 600 M W Heats
9:15 pm 600 M M Heats
9:30 pm 800 M W Pent
9:45 pm 1000 M M Pent – Jake Powrie

Friday, March 9, 2012
Session 2
1:30 pm 60 M Hurdles M Heats – Calum Innes
1:45 pm 60 M Hurdles W Heats – Hazel Ross
2:10 pm 4 x 200 M Relay M Heats
2:25 pm 4 x 200 M Relay W Heats
3:30 pm Weight Throw M Final

Session 3
6:00 pm Long Jump W Final
6:00 pm Pole Vault W Final
6:00 pm 60 M Hurdles W Final – Hazel Ross
6:15 pm 60 M Hurdles M Final – Calum Innes
7:15 pm High Jump M Final
6:45 pm 300 M W Heats
7:00 pm 300 M M Heats
7:20 pm 1000 M W Final
7:30 pm 1000 M M Final
7:50 pm 3000 M W Final
8:00 pm Long Jump M Final
8:10 pm 3000 M M Final
8:15 pm Shot Put W Final
8:45 pm 300 M W Final
8:55 pm 300 M M Final
9:10 pm 4 x 800 M Relay W Final
9:25 pm 4 x 800 M Relay M Final

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Session 4
12:30 pm Triple Jump W Final
12:30 pm Pole Vault M Final
1:15 pm 600 M W Final
1:30 pm 600 M M Final
2:45 pm Triple Jump M Final
2:45 pm Shot Put M Final
2:15 pm 4 x 200 M Relay W Final
2:25 pm 4 x 200 M Relay M Final
2:45 pm 1500 M W Final – Fiona Benson
3:00 pm 1500 M M Final
3:00 pm High Jump W Final – Emma Nuttall
4:00 pm 4 x 400 M Relay W Final

4:15 pm 4 x 400 M Relay M Final

CIS CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW

The University of Windsor Lancers hope to sweep the team banners for the second straight year later this week when the best university track and field athletes in the country meet in Winnipeg for the 2012 CIS indoor championships.

The three-day national meet, hosted for the first time since 2005 by the University of Manitoba, kicks off Thursday at 11 a.m. Central with the season awards luncheon at Marshall McLuhan Hall on the campus of the U of M.

The first final of the championships, the women’s weight throw, follows shortly after, at 2 p.m., at the Max Bell Field House. The meet concludes Saturday afternoon with the always exciting 4x400m relays.

The Windsor women are looking for a fourth consecutive CIS title. After edging archrival Guelph by a single point back in 2009, they crushed the competition at the last two Nationals, winning by 41 points over Toronto in 2010 and by 55.5 over Guelph a year ago.

Two weeks ago, Windsor “three-peated” as OUA champion thanks to a 13-point lead over Western.

Interestingly enough, despite their status as reigning national and conference champs, the Lancer women head into the CIS meet ranked second behind the Guelph Gryphons, who settled for third place at the OUA championships. Western and Toronto are tied for third in the latest rankings published Tuesday, while Saskatchewan rounds out the top five.

On the men’s side, the Lancers were even more dominant at last year’s Nationals, finishing with a mind-boggling 84-point lead over Regina. With the triumph, Windsor avenged a heartbreaking one-point loss to Guelph in 2010.

The Lancers picked up where they left off this season as they claimed a 14th straight OUA men’s title. They are 34.5-point favourites this week, with conference rivals Guelph, York, Ottawa and Western following in order in the rankings.

In the other conferences, the 2012 team banners went to Saskatchewan (women) and Calgary (men) in Canada West, Sherbrooke (women) and Laval (men) in the RSEQ, as well as Dalhousie with yet another sweep in the AUS.

Individually, Windsor’s Nicole Sassine and Guelph’s Tim Hendry were named the most valuable female and male performers at the OUA championships. Sassine captured four medals, including gold in the 300m and the 4x200 relay. Hendry set a meet record in the shot put (17.68m) and added a silver medal in the weight throw.

In the Maritimes, StFX’s Susie Lajoie and Dalhousie’s Simon Watts were the MVPs of the AUS championships. Lajoie reached the podium three times including first-place finishes in the 60m hurdles and the triple jump, while Watts was crowned in the high, long and triple jumps.

In Quebec, Sherbrooke’s Pascale Délisle was named the outstanding female athlete for the third straight year after she set an RSEQ record in the pentathlon (3,859 points). Laval’s Charles Philibert-Thiboutot earned the male honour thanks to a five-medal haul at the conference championships, including gold in the 1,500m and the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

In Canada West, Victoria’s Adam Gaudes earned the men’s performance of the meet award thanks to his first-place finishes in the 600m and the 4x400. The women’s award went to the Vikes 4x800 relay team of Grace Annear, Shauna McInnis, Kenda Pomfret and Rachel Francois.

NOTES: The list of CIS season awards which will be handed out at Thursday’s luncheon includes: athletes of the year in track events (female & male), athletes of the year in field events (female & male), rookies of the year (female & male), and student-athlete community service awards (female & male)... Female and a male championship MVPs will be named at the conclusion of the meet, while the Sue Wise Award will go to the women’s coach of the year and the Bob Boucher Award to the men’s coach of the year.

-TW-

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