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LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) 
– The Trinity Western track and field team took another big step forward in the recruiting field as head coach Laurier Primeau announced the signing of long jumper and sprinter James Linde Thursday.

The 6-foot-1, Coquitlam, B.C. product, who will graduate from Dr. Charles Best Secondary this spring, comes to Trinity Western already a prolific athlete in the long jump pit and on the track, the latter of which as both an individual and as a relay team member.

Linde already has a personal best jump of 6.61m in the long jump, which has him ranked eighth amongst Canadian youth (under 18) athletes as well as personal best times of 22.44 in the 200m event and 11.26 in the 100m.

Competing for the Coquitlam Cheetah’s track and field team, Linde was a member of the Canadian club record holding 4x400m junior relay team, as helped the foursome clock a time of 3:15.29. In 2011, he finished third in the 100m at the B.C. High School Provincial Championships while finishing second in both the 100m and 200m events at the 2011 BC Athletics Jamboree.

“James’ contribution to our team is going to be huge over the next five years,” Primeau said. “He gives us an element of speed that, combined with some of the pieces we already have, creates immediate 4x200m and 4x400m relay threats in the Canada West. Further, James’ ability on the long jump runway will make him competitive right from his first year. Those who know James understand that Trinity Western is getting a person who appreciates the values of respect, camaraderie and team, and, as such, we feel that this signing combines outstanding objective performance with an excellent individual.”

Along with his athletic achievements, James has also been proficient in the classroom, registering honour roll worthy marks in both Grade 11 and Grade 12.

“Trinity Western is a perfect fit for me with its small classroom sizes and its great sense of community,” said Linde, who plans to take general studies in his first year at Trinity Western.

Linde joins distance runners Levi Neufeld (Winnipeg, Man.) and Joel De Schiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.) as Primeau’s first three committed recruits for the 2012-13 season.

The Spartans will be competing in the 2012 CIS national championships this weekend, starting Thursday, at the Max Bell Fieldhouse in Winnipeg, Man.