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CROSS COUNTRY
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2013
CIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WOMEN’S XC WINS CANADA WEST CHAMPIONSHIP, JACKSON EARNS CONFERENCE GOLD

LONDON, Ontario – Led by fourth-year Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.), who earned Canada West gold, the Trinity Western women’s cross country team captured the Canada West championship for the first time in program history Saturday at the CIS national championships at the Thames Valley Golf Course in London, Ont.

Click here for full CIS results.

Click here for full women's Canada West results.

Click here for full men's Canada West results.

The Spartans top five women’s runners all finished amongst the top 14 athletes in Canada West as the team won TWU’s first ever conference banner in either cross country or track and field. The Canada West championships are contested as part of the national championship races.

Overall, the women’s team finished a program-best fourth in the CIS with 129 points. Last year, the team finished 13th overall and fourth in the conference. The men meanwhile also had a record day as the team finished a program-best seventh overall, with 214 points, and second in Canada West. Last year, the men’s team finished 14th overall and fourth in the conference.

Jackson is now the Spartans second Canada West individual gold medalist in a row after Fiona Benson (Dawson Creek, B.C.) won the conference title last season. Jackson’s result qualified her for the 2014 World University Cross Country Championships in Uganda in March.

Jackson, who crossed the line 22nd overall and fifth in Canada West last year, finished the six-kilometre race in 21:25.1. For efforts in this race and throughout the season, Jackson was named Canada West Athlete of the Year. Her result also garnered her CIS First Team All-Canadian and Canada West First Team All-Star honours. The women’s Athlete of the Year award is also the second in a row for TWU after Benson won it in 2012.

“Alison has had a phenomenal season,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “This is a girl who, in her first year at TWU, was lapped in the 3000m at the indoor Canada West championships. Now she’s one of the best runners in the nation. More than that, she is everything that Trinity Western stands for. She’s a great student. She takes her faith seriously. She gives back to the community and she simply exudes all of TWU’s values.”

While Jackson led the Spartans, it was a remarkable effort for the TWU women across the board, with the Spartans top five athletes all finishing within the top 60. After Jackson, Benson was 21st overall and fifth in the conference, Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) was 24th overall and seventh in Canada West, Sarah Inglis (Falkirk, Scotland) was 29th overall and eighth in the conference and Meg Harradine (Langley) was 59th overall and 14th in Canada West. Katelynn Ramage (Nanaimo, B.C.) finished 108th overall and 28th in Canada West.

“The unsung hero was Meg Harradine,” Primeau said of the Langley runner who finished 109th at last year’s CIS championships. “She had just a massive improvement. She is the one who reduced our team score to move from 13th last year to fourth in the nation. That’s not to say the other girls weren’t important. Of course they are. But if I had to say the one person who was the difference maker today, it was Meg.”

The Spartans endurance coach Mark Bomba was named the women’s Canada West Coach of the Year while Yee and Benson were Canada West First Team All-Stars and Inglis and Harradine were Canada West Second Team All-Stars.

“Mark Bomba is the one who has to develop the talent I bring in,” Primeau said. “Without Mark developing that talent, this team is nothing. He has done a remarkable job over the course of three years in producing the result that we got to today.”

On the men’s side, the Spartans were led by second-year Joel de Schiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.), who finished the 10 kilometre race third in Canada West and 19th overall in 32:34.0. Declan White (South Surrey, B.C.) was named the Canada West Rookie of the Year as he finished fourth in the conference and 21st in the CIS. Both de Schiffart and White were named Canada West First Team All-Stars.

The Spartans leading duo was followed by Chris Voth (Abbotsford, B.C.) who, in his last cross country race at the university level, was 15th in Canada West and 53rd overall, Mihai Prajea (Calgary) who was 17th and 59th, Levi Neufeld (Winnipeg) who was 25th and 73rd, Blair Johnston (White Rock, B.C.) who was 27th and 80th and Adam Marshall who was 40th and 110th.

“We came in ranked No. 11, but we thought we were a No. 7 team,” Primeau said of the men’s team. “I think we had guys like Mihai really step up to solidify our team and prove that indeed we were the seventh best team in Canada.”

With White being named rookie of the year, the Spartans have earned the conference honour two years in a row after de Schiffart won it last year.

TWU WOMEN – CIS Results
5 – Alison Jackson – 21:25.1
21 – Fiona Benson – 22:29.5
24 – Regan Yee – 22:39.6
29 – Sarah Inglis – 22:46.9
59 – Meg Harradine – 23:27.6
108 – Katelynn Ramage – 24:59.1

TWU MEN – CIS Results
19 – Joel de Schiffart – 32:34.0
21 – Declan White – 32:40.8
53 – Chris Voth – 33:35.1
59 – Mihai Prajea – 33:47.6
73 – Levi Neufeld – 34:21.8
80 – Blair Johnston – 34:37.0
110 – Adam Marshall – 36:08.0

Canada West Results
 
MEN’S TEAM
1 Victoria    35    2-5-6-8-14 20
2 Trinity Western    64    3-4-15-17-25 27-40
3 Manitoba    93    7-11-12-31-32 35-42
4 Regina    98    1-16-21-23-37
5 Calgary    109    13-18-22-26-30 39-41
6 Alberta    115    10-19-24-29-33 38
7 Saskatchewan    150    9-28-34-36-43
 
WOMEN’S TEAM
1 Trinity Western    35    1-5-7-8-14 28
2 Victoria    55    3-6-12-13-21
3 Calgary    84    10-11-18-19-26 33-34
4 Alberta    105    9-15-20-24-37
5 Regina    111    4-16-25-27-39
6 Manitoba    119    2-17-29-35-36 38
7 Saskatchewan    138    22-23-30-31-32
 
CANADA WEST AWARDS
                                    Male                                    Female
Athlete the Year    Matt Johnson, Regina    Alison Jackson, TWU
Rookie the Year    Declan White, TWU       Rebekah Sass, Manitoba
Student-Athlete    Kyle Irvine, Victoria        Kendra Pomfret, Victoria
Coach the Year    Brent Fougner, Victoria    Mark Bomba, TWU
 
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL
With placing, name, year of eligibility, school and time:
 
First Team All-Stars
1 Matthew Johnson E4 Regina 1 31:21.8
2 Ryan Cassidy E3 Victoria 1 31:25.6
3 Joel De Schiffart E2 Trinity Western 1 32:34.0
4 Declan White E1 Trinity Western 2 32:40.8
5 Olivier Collin E2 Victoria 2 32:43.6
6 Kyle Irvine E5 Victoria 3 32:50.6
7 Abduselam Yussuf E2 Manitoba 1 32:54.8
 
Second Team All-Stars
8 Forrest Simpson E3 Victoria 4 32:56.6
9 Robert Bigsby E2 Saskatchewan 1 33:00.8
10 Kieran McDonald E2 Alberta 1 33:10.6
11 Jean-Baptiste Ajua R Manitoba 2 33:16.1
12 Thomas Miller E4 Manitoba 3 33:16.6
13 Brad Bickley E5 Calgary 1 33:17.3
14 Patrick Psotka E3 Victoria 5 33:28.3
 
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL
 
With placing, name, year of eligibility, school and time:
 
First Team All-Stars
1 Alison Jackson E4 Trinity Western 1 21:25.1
2 Rebekah Sass R Manitoba 1 22:19.4
3 Jenna Van Vliet E3 Victoria 1 22:23.6
4 Avery Westberg E3 Regina 1 22:24.9
5 Fiona Benson E4 Trinity Western 2 22:29.5
6 Rachel François E3 Victoria 2 22:37.1
7 Regan Yee E1 Trinity Western 3 22:39.6
 
Second Team All-Stars
8 Sarah Inglis E1 Trinity Western 4 22:46.9
9 Amy Buzikievich E1 Alberta 1 22:47.4
10 Emma Cook-Clarke E2 Calgary 1 22:49.5
11 Alana Skocdopole E2 Calgary 2 22:59.0
12 Grace Annear E3 Victoria 3 23:03.9
13 Maddy MacDonald E5 Victoria 4 23:20.4
14 Meg Harradine E2 Trinity Western 5 23:27.6
 
CIS Results
 
WOMEN (6 km)
 
Team
1. Guelph – 31 points
2. Western – 90 points
3. Queen’s – 115 points
4. Trinity Western – 130 points
5. Toronto – 148 points
6. McMaster – 193 points
7. McGill – 201 points
8. Victoria – 206 points
9. Windsor – 258 points
10. Calgary – 308 points
11. Waterloo – 338 points
12. Dalhousie – 353 points
13. Laurentian – 356 points
14. Sherbrooke – 375 points
15. Alberta - 377 points
16. Regina – 392 points
17. Manitoba – 407 points
18. Laval – 434 points
19. Saskatchewan - 497
20. Concordia – 502 points

Individual honours
Athlete of the year: Julie-Anne Staehli, Queen’s
Rookie of the year: Heather Petrick, Guelph
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Marie-Elen Côté, UQTR
Coach of the year: Bob Vigars, Western
 
First All-Canadians (top 7 finishers)
1. Julie-Anne Staehli, Queen’s, 20:51.4
2. Carise Thompson, Guelph, 21:08.8
3. Victoria Coates, Queen’s, 21:09.1
4. Heather Petrick, Guelph, 21:17.6
5. Alison Jackson, Trinity Western, 21:25.1
6. Amanda Truelove, Western, 21:26.4
7. Madeline Yungblut, Guelph, 21:28.4
 
Second All-Canadians (finishers 8-14)
8. Genevieve Lalonde, Guelph, 21:40.8
9. Colleen Hennessy, Toronto, 21:59.6
10. Katrina Allison, Guelph, 22:00.4
11. Grace Kary, Western, 22:02.9
12. Joanna Brown, Guelph, 22:12.9
13. Robyn Mildren, Guelph, 22:13.9
t-14. Danielle Thiel, Lakehead, 22:19.4
t-14. Rebekah Sass, Manitoba, 22:19.4
 
MEN (10 km)
 
Team
1. Guelph, 22 points
2. Windsor, 87
3. Laval, 91
4. McMaster, 114
5. Queen’s, 141
6. Victoria, 142
7. Trinity Western, 217
8. Regina, 288
9. Manitoba, 289
10. Western, 295
11. StFX, 309
12. Calgary, 322
13. Toronto, 328
14. Alberta, 341
15. Laurier, 354
16. Waterloo, 377
17. Saskatchewan, 415
18. Concordia, 541
 
Individual honours
Athlete of the year: Aaron Hendrikx, Guelph
Rookie of the year: Tristan Woodfine, Guelph
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Kyle Irvine, Victoria
Coach of the year: David Scott-Thomas, Guelph
 
First All-Canadians (top 7 finishers)
1. Aaron Hendrikx, Guelph, 30:49.3
2. Tristan Woodfine, Guelph, 30:51.1
3. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, Laval, 31:01.8
4. Andrew Nixon, Guelph, 31:04.8
5. Matthew Johnson, Regina, 31:21.8
6. Ryan Cassidy, Victoria, 31:25.6
7. Ross Proudfoot, Guelph, 31:29.6
 
Second All-Canadians (finishers 8-14)
8. Yves Sikubwabo, Guelph, 31 :35.9
9. Nick Falk, Windsor, 31:48.8
10. Lionel Sanders, McMaster, 31:52.8
11. Blair Morgan, McMaster, 31:54.3
12. Paul Janikowski, Windsor, 31:55.3
13. Christian Gravel, Guelph, 32:11.8
14. Emmanuel Boisvert, Laval, 32:12.8
 
About Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Canadian Interuniversity Sport is the national governing body of university sport in Canada. Every year, 11,000 student-athletes and 700 coaches from 55 universities and four regional associations vie for 21 national championships in 12 different sports. CIS also provides high performance international opportunities for Canadian student-athletes at Winter and Summer Universiades, as well as numerous world university championships. For further information, visit www.cis-sic.ca.
 
About Canada West Universities Athletic Association
Canada West is consistently the most decorated of the four conferences in Canadian Interuniversity Sport, winning 100 CIS national over the last 10 seasons. Comprised of 17 schools from the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, Canada West produces numerous major award winners and Academic All-Canadian student-athletes each year, with many going on to athletic success around the globe in pro leagues or events such as the Olympics, Paralympics or Universiade Games. canadawest.org / canadawest.tv / @cwuaa on Twitter
 
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