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TRACK AND FIELD (CANADA WEST)
FRIDAY, FEBRURARY 24, 2012
CANADA WEST CHAMIONSHIPS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SPARTANS EARN THREE MEDALS ON DAY 1 AT CANADA WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
SASKATOON, Saskatchewan – The Trinity Western track and field teams got off to a strong start at the 2012 Canada West championships as they earned three medals on the first day of competition at the Saskatoon Fieldhouse.
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The Spartans, who are only in their second year back on the university track and field scene after the program folded 2003, were led by first-year Calum Innes, whose first place time of 8.22 in the 60m hurdles claimed Trinity Western’s first Canada West track and field gold medal since Laura Wilson nabbed gold in the 60m dash in 2002.
Innes’ time, which had already qualified him for the CIS national championships, equaled his personal best and tied the Spartans record, both of which he set earlier this year.
After Innes, it was second-year Fiona Benson earning Trinity Western its next best podium finish as she took home silver in the 1000m event with a time of 2:53.48, which is also a Spartans record. With her second place finish, Benson qualified for the national championships.
To conclude the medal haul, first-year Jake Powrie finished third in the pentathlon with a personal best and Spartans record 3581 points; an effort that included three personal bests in individual events. His score, which was just 21 points shy of the national championship automatic qualifying mark, ranks him fifth in the CIS.
“It was just a great day for Spartan track and field,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “The fact that we had so many personal bests and school records goes to show how far this program has already come. We want to celebrate in it and rejoice in it but also know that this is the first step in a long journey. We have lots more to come in the future. We are happy with our performance but not satisfied with our performance. We want more.”
The Spartans also had a standout day from Hazel Ross who had notable performances in both the 60m hurdles and the long jump. In the 60m hurdles, Ross ran a then personal best and school record 8.97 in the preliminary race and then bettered that in the final, running 8.90 to earn a tie for fourth place overall. She is now 14th in the CIS rankings in the 60m hurdles. Ross also finished sixth in the long jump with a personal best of 5.32m.
As a team, the Spartans men’s 4x800m group – including Jason Carwile, Andrew Ott, Chris Voth and Blair Johnston – finished fourth in a school record time of 7:54.89. Johnston was handed the baton in sixth and managed to catch two runners in the last 20 metres to grab fourth place. The team is now 15th in the CIS rankings.
The Spartans women’s 4x800m team – including Nikki Bell, Alison Jackson, Marissa Ratzlaff and Benson – finished fifth in a school record time of 9:37.86. The team is now ranked 12th in the CIS rankings.
Rounding out the individual performances for the Spartans was Jackson coming eighth in the 3000m in 10:25.86, Johnston finishing ninth in the 3000m in 8:51.45, Carwile finishing 10th in 2:33.89 and Voth 17th in 2:40.05 in the 1000m, Innes finishing seventh in the long jump with a jump of 6.43m and Hayley Stewart coming in eighth in the long jump with a jump of 5.22m.
The Spartans are back in action Saturday in Saskatoon for Day 2 of the Canada West championships.
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