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TRACK AND FIELD
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2013
CANADA WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
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SPARTANS WOMEN FINISH SECOND AT CANADA WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
REGINA – The Trinity Western women’s track and field team earned the Spartans first ever Canada West team medal as the Langley, B.C. school finished second on the women’s side thanks, in large part, to six medals on Day 2 of the Canada West championships Saturday at the Regina Fieldhouse.
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Having collected 70 team points over the entire meet and earning six medals on Saturday alone, the Spartans women, who finished seventh at last year’s conference championships, trailed only Calgary in the women’s standings after what was TWU’s most dominant day in program history.
The Spartans men also had a strong day in Regina as they collected two medals and capped off a weekend in which they collected 34 points and finished sixth in the conference, which bettered than last year’s effort by one place.
As a team, TWU’s performance on Saturday saw it grab eight medals, which brought its championship total to 12, including three gold medals, three silvers and six bronze. The Spartans also broke seven school records Saturday, which increased the weekend total to 13 TWU records.
The Spartans will now prepare for the CIS national championships, which are Mar. 7-9 in Edmonton.
“I said yesterday how proud I am of our team. I feel that way, times 10, after today,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “It’s not just because they were successful, but because they conducted themselves like Complete Champions. They were gracious in defeat when it happened and jubilant, yet humble, in victory. It was such a great thing to see people performing at the highest level when it mattered most for them.
“For us to get the University’s support to have an assistant coach and then to be able to go out and recruit athletes has been really important for us. I don’t want to underplay the value of coaching, but the key for us has been good recruiting and then just letting the athletes do the rest.”
On Saturday, TWU was led by Emma Nuttall (Edinburgh, Scotland), whose clearance of 1.85m in high jump not only earned her a gold medal but also broke the Canada West championship record of 1.84m, which was held by UBC’s Jeannie Cockroft and had stood since 1985. Nuttall’s record-breaking effort earned her the award for the Outstanding Female Performance of the Meet.
While Nuttall was setting records in the field, fellow Scot Calum Innes (Bearsden, Scotland) was doing a similar deed on the track. Less than 24 hours after capturing a gold in the 60m hurdles, Innes earned a silver medal in the 60m with a TWU school record and personal best time of 6.88. His time bettered his previous mark of 6.99 and bettered the previous school record of 6.95, which had been held by Nathan George (Coquitlam, B.C.). With his pair of medals, Innes was named the Canada West Male Outstanding Track Performer.
On the women’s side, beyond Nuttall’s effort, the Spartans had a variety of impressive performances. In the 1500m, TWU’s Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.) finished second with a time of 4:36.94 while Fiona Benson (Dawson Creek, B.C.) was third in 4:37.46.
In the triple jump, Ayla Akehurst (Campbell River, B.C.) jumped a personal best and TWU record 11.81m to earn a bronze medal. The previous school record was 11.70, which was held by Rebecca Marchant (Melbourne, Australia).
The Spartans women’s 4x200m team also broke a TWU record with a bronze-medal winning time of 1:42.10. Maya Daly (Ajax, Ont.) was in fourth place when she grabbed the baton but came from behind with a gutsy effort down the stretch and, thanks to an abrasion-inducing sprawl across the finish line, earned the Spartans a bronze medal by one one-hundredth of a second. The previous TWU record was 1:43.23.
Sprinter Liza Whitehead (Surrey, B.C.) rounded out the TWU women’s medal haul as she grabbed a bronze in the 60m with a time of 7.64.
On the men’s side, pole vaulter Jamie Sinclair (Glasgow, Scotland) cleared a TWU record height of 4.51m to earn a bronze medal. The top three jumpers in the competition all cleared 4.51m but Sinclair dropped to third on a count back. Sinclair’s clearance betters the previous school record of 4.50m, which was held by Jesse Phillips (Anaheim, Cali.).
At the Canada West awards banquet, the Spartans Jackson was honoured for her contributions both on and off the track as she was presented with the Canada West Female Student-Athlete and Community Service Award.
Jackson was most-deserving of award as she has a lengthy list of efforts as both a student-athlete and as a valuable person in the community. Jackson volunteered with a variety of organizations including coaching with Special Olympics, helping to organize triathlon events with Athletes in Action, helping with the B.C. Speed Skating Provincial Championships and volunteering at Menno Home, which is an assisted living residence and hospital.
She acted as the chaplain for Team Canada at the World Triathlon Championships this past October in Auckland, New Zealand. Within her Spartans team, she organizes team building events and is a Complete Champion Approach tutor for fellow TWU athletes. In the summer, she also coaches kids in triathlon in her hometown of Vermilion, Alta.
TRINITY WESTERN RESULTS – COMPLETE
* TWU Record
2 Whitehead, Liza – 7.69
7 Daly, Maya – 7.87
3 Whitehead, Liza – 7.64 – 4
6 Daly, Maya – 7.83 – 1
12 Harradine, Meg – 1:40.02
2 Jackson, Alison – 4:36.94 – 5
3 Benson, Fiona – 4:37.46 – 4
1 Nuttall, Emma – 1.85m – 7*
6 Marchant, Rebecca – 1.64m – 1
3 Akehurst, Ayla – 11.81m – 4*
4 Marchant, Rebecca – 11.62m – 3
3 Trinity Western University – 1:42.10 – 6*
1) Daly, Maya 2) Akehurst, Ayla
3) Marchant, Rebecca 4) Whitehead, Liza
6 Trinity Western University – 4:11.77 – 1
1) Akehurst, Ayla 2) Daly, Maya
3) Marchant, Rebecca 4) Pearse, Anastasia
3 Ross, Hazel – 8.69*
6 Daly, Maya – 8.92
4 Ross, Hazel – 8.73 – 3
6 Daly, Maya – 8.91 – 1
4 Pearse, Anastasia – 40.45*
4 Pearse, Anastasia – 40.68 – 3
4 Benson, Fiona – 2:52.39 – 3*
1 Jackson, Alison – 10:04.05 – 7
4 Ross, Hazel – 5.47m – 3
2 Marchant, Rebecca – 3.80m – 5
4 Zuniga-Padilla, Ivonne – 3.60m – 3
3 Trinity Western University – 9:22.79 – 4*
1) Benson, Fiona 2) Harradine, Meg
3) Pearse, Anastasia 4) Jackson, Alison
4 George, Nathan – 7.00
5 Innes, Calum – 7.05
7 Ayin, Nicholas – 7.06
18 Linde, James – 7.20
2 Innes, Calum – 6.88 – 5*
5 Ayin, Nicholas – 6.98 – 2
6 George, Nathan – 7.02 – 1
10 Ference, Lucas – 1:24.04
14 Goodwin, Nathan – 1:25.16
4 Voth, Christopher – 3:58.88 – 3*
5 Neufeld, Levi – 3:58.94 – 2
10 De Schiffart, Joel – 4:03.46
3 Sinclair, Jamie – J4.51m – 4*
7 Humphrey, Stephen – 1.82m
5 Trinity Western University – 1:30.98 – 2*
1) Ayin, Nicholas 2) George, Nathan
3) Linde, James 4) Innes, Calum
6 Trinity Western University – 3:45.44 – 1
1) Ayin, Nicholas 2) Ference, Lucas
3) George, Nathan 4) Linde, James
3 Innes, Calum – 8.27
1 Innes, Calum – 8.01 – 7*
4 Linde, James – 6.86m – 3*
8 Humphrey, Stephen – 6.58m
8 De Schiffart, Joel – 8:46.15
4 Trinity Western University – 7:58.40 – 4
1) De Schiffart, Joel 2) Ference, Lucas
3) Goodwin, Nathan 4) Neufeld, Levi
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