WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Trinity Western’s Fiona Benson led the Spartans at Manitoba’s Bison Classic as she won the 1500m event in what was an exceptional weekend for Trinity Western on the whole as seven of its 10 competing athletes posted personal bests Saturday at the Max Bell Fieldhouse.
“As a team, getting seven personal bests out of 10 athletes is a phenomenal result,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “We had some great efforts and even the three who didn’t post PBs had really good performances. It was a solid day for Trinity Western and now we look forward to next week when we compete in Washington.”
Benson finished the 1500m race in a personal best time of 4:31.30 and in doing so was just 0.07 off the automatic CIS national championships qualifying time. Her time also has her now ranked No. 4 in the CIS. Not far behind Benson was Trinity Western’s Alison Jackson who finished 11th in the 1500m, crossing the line in a personal best time of 4:45.70.
While Calum Innes was one of the few Spartans to not post a personal best, his second place finish in the 60m hurdles in a time of 8.30 – a clocking that would have qualified him for nationals had he not already posted a qualifying time – was also one of the day’s best results. Innes also ran the 300m event where he finished 11th in a time of 35.77.
The Spartans Alex Love posted in impressive personal best in the pole vault as he finished fifth with a jump of 4.25m, bettering his PB by 13 centimetres. Love also finished 15th in the long jump with a jump of 5.75m.
Nikki Bell, who grew up just outside Winnipeg in La Salle, Man., put up a personal best time in the 600m, stopping the clock at 1:49.29, which was good for 32nd overall.
Hazel Ross finished fifth in the long jump with a personal best leap of 5.17m while also finishing fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 9.07.
Jason Carwile posted a personal best in the 1000m with a time of 2:35.29, which placed him ninth overall. Carwile also ran in the 600m, finishing 35th in 1:28.74.
Andrew Ott, despite fighting sickness all week, also put up a personal best in the 1000m with a time of 2:47.40, which placed him 19th overall.
The Spartans JJ Jones, who was coming off a hamstring injury, was just 0.01 off her personal best in the 60m, finishing 16th in a time of 8.08.
Blair Johnston finished sixth overall in the 1500m in a time of 4:00.76.
Spartans recruit Levi Neufeld, who will be coming to Trinity Western this fall, finished 19th overall in the 600m with a time of 1:23.74.
The Spartans will have their full complement of athletes in Seattle, Wash. next weekend as they will compete in the University of Washington Open Feb. 12.