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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CROSS COUNTRY TEAM BATTLES HARD IN MUDDY CIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
SHERBROOKE, Quebec – The Trinity Western cross country team returned to the CIS Championships Saturday for the first time since 2002 and raced through a muddy Sherbrooke course en route to a strong season finale.
Although the Spartans finished 19th out of 19 teams at the meet, it was a valuable experience for a TWU program that is in its first season in eight years.
“We had a good day on the course today,” said Spartans coach Susan Northey. “I think the team was a little overwhelmed with the number of athletes running and quality of competition but they focused and were ready to run.
“But it was such a mud fest and it was really tough. If you didn’t get a good start, it was hard to make up ground as sometimes it felt like it was one step forward and two steps back.”
In the men’s 10km race, the Spartans Mihai Prajea slogged through the grimy track and a mid-race bloody nose to lead Trinity Western with a time of 36:30.0, which was good for 103rd overall.
“Mihai raced faster than his last race and once again got a bloody nose, but he just kept on running,” Northey said.
After Prajea, Christopher Voth was the next fastest Spartan, finishing 132nd overall with a time of 39:06.0. Veteran leader David Kostelyk had his best race of the year, crossing the line in a time of 40:01.0, which was 135th overall.
“David was a super team captain,” Northey said. “He was cheering everyone on and trying to pull his teammates along when he pushed himself.”
On the women’s side, Marissa Ratzlaff led the Spartans in the 5km event as she finished 83rd overall in a time of 20:28.0.
“On the start line, Marissa was a little overwhelmed but the race was a terrific experience for her,” Northey said. “Her time was faster than her race in Washington and it good to see her slug out. Mentality, she’s never happy with how she runs because she always wants to better but she had a fantastic finish as she passed four people closing in on the finish line.”
For the fifth consecutive year, the Guelph Gryphons won both men's and women's team banners as they had two of the top three finishers on both sides.
103 Mihai Prajea - 36:30.0
132 Christopher Voth - 39:06.0
135 David Kostelyk - 40:01.0
136 Andrew Ott - 40:04.0
138 Gary Cymbaluk - 41:09.0
140 Drew Gibson –
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