EDMONTON, Alberta – The Trinity Western track and field team kicked off this year’s CIS season at Alberta’s Golden Bear Open with some solid results, led by Jake Powrie in the pentathlon, this past Friday and Saturday.
Powrie finished fifth out of six in the pentathlon with 3387 points and in doing so posted a score that would have had him fifth at last year’s CIS national championships. Powrie recorded personal bests in all but the high jump event as he finished the 60m hurdles in 110.17, had a long jump of 6.24m, had a shot put of 11.43m, posted a time of 2:50.35 in the 1000m and had a high jump of 1.8110m, the latter of which was just two centimetres off his personal best.
“The highlight without question was Jake Powrie’s effort in the pentathlon,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “Competing in his first ever event at the university level, while he was fifth in the competition, he was fourth amongst university athletes in what was a very deep field and his overall score really bodes well for the future.”
Trinity Western’s Emma Nuttall finished second in the high jump with a jump of 1.77m. She was tied for first but lost in a countback to the University of Calgary’s Rachel Machin, who was last year’s Canada West gold medalist and CIS silver medalist.
The Spartans Hayley Stewart, despite having four fouls, finished seventh in the long jump competition with a jump of 5.43m.
“We’re pretty confident that once we get the runway stuff sorted out, Hayley is going to have some big jumps,” Primeau said. “The jumps she fouled on were had some significant distance, which is a good indicator that she’s on the right track. She’s not happy but we’re happy with the result this early in the season.”
Hazel Ross finished ninth overall in the 60m hurdles with a time of 110.22 in the final.
Eric Dupuis finished 10th in long jump with a jump of 6.2110m and fifth in the triple jump with a jump of 13.13m while Dylan Kelso was 1110th in the long jump at 5.72m.
Miranda Glenn finished 34th in the 60m dash with a time of 110.11.
The Spartans will have next weekend off before competing in Manitoba’s Bison Invitational Feb. 3-4.