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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011
WHISTLER SPIRIT RUN
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS DOMINATE WHISTLER SPIRIT RUN
WHISTLER, British Columbia – The Trinity Western cross country team had another impressive showing on the trails as three Spartans – on the women’s side, Alison Jackson and Fiona Benson, and on the men’s side, Blair Johnston – finished in the top three of their respective open races at the Whistler Spirit Run, held at the Whistler Olympic Park, Saturday.
Once again, Jackson led the way for Trinity Western as she finished second in the women’s six kilometre event in a time of 23:01, which was 28 seconds behind the leader. Right behind her at the finish line was Benson who came across in third place in a time of 23:11.
The Spartans Marissa Ratzlaff was eighth, finishing in 25:11, while Nicole Bell finished the race in 26:58, Katelynn Ramage crossed the line in 29:54 and April Van Woerden completed the run in 30:00.
On the men’s side, the Spartans top five runners all finished in the top 15 and all finished within 1:42 of each other.
Johnston was the Spartans top runner as he completed the eight kilometre race in 28:43, which was good for a third place finish. Jason Carwile wasn’t far behind as he finished fifth in 29:12, while Mihai Prajea was 10th in 29:56, Chris Voth was 11th in 30:05 and Andrew Ott was 14th in 30:25.
Alex Pchenitchnikov finished with a time of 31:14 and Christian Culp came across in 34:04.
“I’m really happy to see our team continuing to improve,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “Of particular note, I’m impressed with the density of finish for our first five men. Between Blair and our fifth finisher Andrew, there was less than two minutes, which really bodes well for our cross country team having success at the CIS level. We know we have to add two kilometres [for the men’s event] and that’s a really tough two kilometres. There’s a big difference between an eight kilometre race and a 10 kilometre race but we still have a few weeks to prepare for those additional kilometres.”
“On the women’s side we continue to be led by Alison and Fiona but we also have a solid top five that I’m excited about moving forward.”
The Spartans have a week off before they participate in the Western Washington Classic Invitational at East Lake Padden Park in Bellingham, Wash. Oct. 8.
Race Notes: Spartans endurance director Mark Bomba also participated in the event as an unattached runner and he finished sixth in a time of 29:21 despite taking a wrong turn during the race and running an extra 700 metres.
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