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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2010
WESTERN WASHINGTON TUNE-UP RACE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS RUN WELL IN BELLINGHAM
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western cross country team ran in its first university race of the season Saturday in Bellingham, WA and, in what was a tune-up competition before the Western Washington Invitational on Oct. 23, the Spartans took their first steps toward building a competitive CIS squad.
In the men’s 8km event, the top finisher for TWU was Mihai Prajea, who crossed the finish line in a time of 28:10, which put him in 34th place overall.
“Mihai said the big hill on the course was really tough and the strong winds made it difficult,” said Spartans coach Susan Northey. “But he did well, especially considering the fact it was his first race back since suffering an Achilles tendon injury and was a terrific leader for our team.”
On the women’s side, it was once again TWU’s Marissa Ratzlaff leading the way for the Spartans as she finished the 5km event with a time of 20:36, placing her 37th overall.
“Marissa went out really strong and really wanted to be with the top racers because she’s got that racing mentality,” Northey said. “Because of that, she suffered in the second half but she’s getting there and really improving and I love her hard-working racers mentality.”
The Spartans entered eight men and five women into the race that saw them compete against Simon Fraser, British Columbia, Seattle Pacific and Western Washington.
The Spartans next race will be the Western Washington Invitational, which is once again held in Bellingham, WA.
34 Prajea, Mihai Trinity Western 28:10
49 Pchenitchnikov, Alex Trinity Western 29:00
57 Carwile, Jason Trinity Western 29:28
61 Voth, Chris Trinity Western 30:43
63 Ott, Andrew Trinity Western 31:00
65 Kostelyk, David Trinity Western 31:31
67 Cymbaluk, Gary Trinity Western 31:47
69 Gibson, Drew Trinity Western 32:57
37 Ratzlaff, Marissa Trinity Western 20:36
59 Nagy, Karina Trinity Western 24:35
60 Friesen, Breanne Trinity Western 24:36
61 Glenn, Miranda Trinity Western 25:30
62 Franz, Vanessa Trinity Western 25:43
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