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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2011
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BENSON, JOHNSTON TOP BC JUNIOR RUNNERS AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – The Trinity Western cross country teams were well-represented at the Canadian national championships Saturday as Fiona Benson finished seventh and Blair Johnston finished eighth in their respective junior (under 20) divisions while Alison Jackson finished 31st in the senior women’s race and endurance coach Mark Bomba was crowned champion in the masters (over 40) division at Jericho Park.
In what was the Spartans final cross country race of the season, Benson, who also finished seventh at last year’s national junior championships, completed the five kilometre race in 18:59, 25 seconds behind the winner, and was as high as third place inside the final two kilometres. With her result, she was the top junior runner in B.C.
“Fiona had a really solid race,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “She faded a bit at the end but it was overall a great way to cap off her inaugural season at the university level.”
Johnston’s eighth place finish in the eight kilometre event in a time of 26:55 was also an impressive performance as he, like Benson, finished as the top junior runner in the province.
“For Blair, this is an outstanding achievement,” Primeau said. “To be in the top 10 in the nation is a very impressive performance and it bodes very well for his future.”
For Jackson, it was a tough day on the trails as she lost all but three of her spikes from her shoes and struggled to find footing on a muddy and windy course. She ended up finishing the seven kilometre senior race in 28:28.
Bomba’s title-winning time was 27:27 in the eight kilometre masters race.
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