TRIO OF SPARTANS RUNNERS NAMED TO TEAM BC

TRACK & FIELD
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
BC SENIOR TEAM AND JUNIOR RACE WALK TEAM

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TRIO OF SPARTANS RUNNERS NAMED TO TEAM BC
 
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western track and field team will be well represented on the Canadian national scene this summer as Fiona Benson and Liza Whitehead will represent Team BC at the 2012 Canadian Olympic Trials in Calgary June 27-30 and Katelynn Ramage will represent Team BC at the Canadian Junior Race Walk Championships, which are also held in Calgary June 30.

BC Athletics announced those athletes selected to the 2012 BC Senior Track & Field Team Tuesday and Benson, who will compete in the 1500m, and Whitehead, who recently signed with Trinity Western and will compete in the 100m, were two of the 54 athletes named to the provincial side.

At the same time, BC Athletics also announced the athletes chosen to represent Team BC at the Canadian Junior Race Walk Championships and Ramage was one of just two B.C. athletes, and the only female, who will compete in Calgary in the 10 kilometre race.

Benson, who joined the Spartans in the fall of 2011 after competing for Grande Prairie Regional College in her first year out of high school, had an impressive season this past year as she collected a CIS bronze medal in the 1500m, a Canada West gold medal in the 1500m and a Canada West silver medal in the 1000m. She will enter her third year of university eligibility this fall.

Whitehead officially signed with the Spartans earlier this week as she will make her return to the university track this fall after taking time off, and focusing on skeleton, following two years competing at the University of Utah and one year running with Simon Fraser University. She will enter her fourth year of university eligibility this fall.

Ramage came to Trinity Western in the fall of 2011 and competed with the Spartans cross country team. She will enter her second year of university eligibility this fall.

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. On that same day, middle distance runner Fiona Benson captured a bronze medal in the 1500m with a time of 4:29.35.

On top of their double-medal effort at the CIS national championships, at the Canada West Championships the Spartans were also very productive 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 Laura 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
Author: Mark Janzen

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