FUTURE SPARTANS IMPRESS AT B.C. HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

James Linde (Wilson Wong, PNG)

TRACK AND FIELD
MONDAY, JUNE 4, 2012
B.C. HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FUTURE SPARTANS IMPRESS AT B.C. HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS

BURNABY, British Columbia – The future of track and field at Trinity Western gleamed bright this past weekend at the B.C. High School provincial championships as Spartans signed recruits accounted for a total of six medals, including James Linde (Coquitlam, B.C.) capturing the prestigious 100m crown Saturday at Swangard Stadium.

The graduate-to-be of Dr. Charles Best Secondary edged out his nearest competitor by four one-hundredths of a second, stopping the clock at 11.14, as he battled back from a slow start to earn his first provincial championship gold medal. Linde also went on to capture a silver medal in the 200m event, finishing with a time of 22.04.  

While Linde was sprinting his way to podium finishes, future Spartans Joel DeSchiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.), who is a middle distance runner from Nanaimo Christian Secondary, and Erin Kokayko (Kelowna, B.C.), who is a multi-event athlete from Kelowna Christian Secondary, were doing likewise in their respective events as both athletes also left Burnaby as double-medalists.

DeSchiffart earned a silver medal in the 2000m steeplechase with a time of 6:04.76 and a bronze medal in the 3000m with a time of 8:49.99.

Meanwhile, Kokayko nabbed bronze medals in both the long jump, with a leap of 5.14m, and – while it was earned the weekend prior – in the heptathlon with a score of 4,190 points.

ABOUT TRINITY WESTERN TRACK & FIELD

This fall Trinity Western will enter its third year back competing in the CIS after a six-year hiatus.

After the Spartans returned to track and field in the fall of 2010, the program has taken huge strides in becoming a competitive group at both the Canada West and CIS levels.

In 2011-12, the Spartans made a triumphant return to both the Canada West and CIS podiums as Trinity Western collected six conference medals and two national medals.

At the CIS Championships, high jumper Emma Nuttall claimed the Spartans first gold medal since 2002 – when Laura Wilson won in the 60m – with a season’s best jump of 1.82m while middle distance runner Fiona Benson captured a bronze medal in the 1500m with a time of 4:29.35.

Along with their double-medal effort at the CIS national championships, the Spartans were also very productive at the Canada West Championships as Calum Innes (60m) and Benson (1500m) won gold medals, Nuttall (high jump) and Benson (1000m) each captured silver medals and Blair Johnston (1500m) and Jake Powrie (pentathlon) earned bronze medals.

Over their history, the Spartans have a total of seven CIS medals, including two gold medals (Nuttall [high jump] – 2012 and Wilson [60m] – 2002), one silver medal (Ian Sharp [1000m] – 2002) and four bronze medals (Benson [1500m] – 2012, Justin Beanblossom [600m] – 2002 and 2003 and Aleena Zibin [Shot Put] – 2003).

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Last Updated: 2013-08-22
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