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CROSS COUNTRY (CIS)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2011
CIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

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JOHNSTON, BENSON LEAD SPARTANS AT CIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

QUEBEC CITY, Quebec – Running in treacherous and snow-ridden conditions on the Plains of Abraham course in the CIS Championships, the Trinity Western men’s cross country team finished 16th and the women’s team finished 17th.

Racing in sub-zero conditions, the Spartans men were led by Blair Johnston who finished the 10 kilometre event 41st overall in a time of 33:57.0. His time did have him 10th amongst Canada West runners and therefore he was named a Canada West Second Team All-Star.

“For us to have a first-year as our top finisher on the men’s side bodes well as we build this team,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau of Johnston, who fell in the race but valiantly battled back to have a strong finish.

Following Johnston on the men’s side for Trinity Western was Mihai Prajea, who finished 110th in 36:32.9, Chris Voth, who finished 112th in 36:42.5, Jason Carwile, who finished 125th in 38:45.5, and Alex Pchenitchnikov, who finished 126th in 38:57.7.

On the women’s side, Fiona Benson was the Spartans top finisher as she finished the five kilometre race 48th overall in a time of 19:42.1. Like Johnston, Benson’s time was good enough to have her named to the Canada West Second All-Star Team as she finished 14th amongst Canada West runners.

“Fiona, in her first season at the CIS level, also was particularly impressive and her performance is also a good sign for the future of our program,” Primeau said.

Behind Benson for Trinity Western was Marissa Ratzlaff who finished 72nd in 20:09.2.

“For Marissa Ratzlaff to be our second best finisher in her final year of eligibility and moving up significantly from her last year’s placing we felt it was such a great way for her to end her cross country career with TWU,” Primeau said.

While Benson and Ratzlaff were the Spartans top two finishers, the story of the day for Trinity Western was a disappointing championship run for Trinity Western’s Alison Jackson, who had been the Spartans best runner all year. Jackson fell just 200m into the race, was stepped on and spiked in her Achilles and never fully recovered but still managed to fight her way to a 79th place finish in 20:22.1, which was more than respectable given her circumstances.

Rounding out the women’s side for Trinity Western was Nicole Bell, who finished 124th in 22:36.5, Katelyn Ramage, who finished 129th in 23:47.3, and April van Woerden, who finished 133rdd in 25:52.6.

“The conditions were treacherous, but in saying that, they were the same for everybody and we need to learn to battle through them as athletes and we need to learn as a coaching staff to prepare our athletes better for the major meets,” Primeau said. “We need to focus on the positives, learn from the disappointments and move and build the program forward.”

The Spartans next race will see them compete in the Canadian Championships Nov. 26 at Jericho Park in Vancouver, B.C.

Trinity Western Individual Results

Men
41     Blair Johnston                    33:57.0
110   Mihai Prajea                       36:32.9
112   Christopher Voth                36:42.5 
125   Jason Carwile                     38:45.5
126   Alexander Pchenitchnikov  38:57.7

Women
48    Fiona Benson               19:42.1
72    Marissa Ratzlaff           20:09.2  
79    Alison Jackson             20:22.1
124   Nicole Bell                   22:36.5   
129   Katlynn Rammage         23:47.3     
133   April van Woerden       25:52.6

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