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TRACK & FIELD AND CROSS COUNTRY
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012
BC ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
PHOTO COURTESY OF RITA IVANAUSKAS
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JOHNSTON FINISHES SECOND AT BC ROAD RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western’s Blair Johnston led the way for the Spartans at the B.C. Athletics Provincial 5km Road Running Championships as he finished second with a time of 15:26.69 Saturday in Vancouver.
Johnston, who last raced at the Canada West championships in Saskatchewan three weeks ago, where he captured a bronze medal in the 1500m event with a time of 4:02.60, completed Saturday’s race, which was run in conjunction with the BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5k, with an average time of 3:06 per kilometre. Johnston finished fifth overall amongst all runners, including those competing in just the St. Patrick’s Day race.
“This was a great race that added to the development of the athletes and I was extremely happy with their results,” said Spartans endurance coach Mark Bomba. “Their training has not been preparing them to race, but rather is preparing them to compete in the summer.
“I knew going in that the course was not going to produce fast times, but I was very pleased with how they raced against some national and international level competition. The fact that everyone ran competitively shows how far they've come in the last year. I am trying to get them exposed to as many positive situations as possible and this was another step forward for the program. As young athletes they need to be exposed to championship style racing and stresses.
“Blair simply continues to show amazing development as a competitor. Every time out his effort is outstanding and this is often an attitude that takes years to learn. Considering he was only 30 seconds behind US international team member Mike Sayenko shows he is ready to make that next step forward from a junior (under 19) athlete into senior competitions. This was a really slow course and Blair was the top collegiate athlete.”
Click here for complete results from the B.C. Athletics Provincial 5km Road Running Championships.
Click here for full results from the BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5k.
Not far behind Johnston was Trinity Western’s Chris Voth, who finished eighth with a time of 16:11.35. Voth finished 15th overall. Like, Johnston, Voth also last competed at the Canada West championships, where he finished 17th in the 1000m with a time of 2:40.05 as well as running for the Spartans 4x800m team that finished fourth in a school record time of 7:54.89.
“Chris has come further than anyone else on the team and his result provides further evidence of his development,” Bomba said. “He was only 35 seconds behind Blair and all the hard work he has done over this past season is really beginning to pay off. I look forward to seeing how he'll run in the upcoming months and even more excited at his progress for the cross country season.”
On the women’s side, Trinity Western’s Alison Jackson, who wasn’t competing under the B.C. Athletics umbrella, finished the five kilometre event 74th overall and 12th amongst women in a time of 18:33.24. Her time would have placed her ninth amongst B.C. Athletics runners.
The last time Jackson competed was at the Canada West championships where she finished eighth in the 3000m in a time of 10:25.86, 13th in the 1500m in a time of 4:53.19 and was part of the Spartans 4x800m team that finished fifth in a school record time of 9:37.86.
“As always Alison is consistent with her effort and it's been a long year for her in balancing her triathlon training with her running training,” Bomba said. “It was great for her to get in an event that suits her endurance strengths. Unlike Chris and Blair, she now gets to focus more on her buildup of training for the World Triathlon Championships in October. Her improvements in all events bodes well for her continual progression as she enters the world of international competitions.”
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