LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – Trinity Western’s Blair Johnston led the way for the Spartans at the B.C. Athletics Provincial 5km Road Running Championships as he finished second with a time of 15:26.69 Saturday in Vancouver.
Johnston, who last raced at the Canada West championships in Saskatchewan three weeks ago, where he captured a bronze medal in the 1500m event with a time of 4:02.60, completed Saturday’s race, which was run in conjunction with the BMO St. Patrick’s Day 5k, with an average time of 3:06 per kilometre. Johnston finished fifth overall amongst all runners, including those competing in just the St. Patrick’s Day race.
“It was another series of great performances from these three,” said Spartans endurance coach Mark Bomba. “And especially for Blair, he continues to build a very solid reputation.”
Not far behind Johnston was Trinity Western’s Chris Voth, who finished eighth with a time of 16:11.35. Voth finished 15th overall. Like, Johnston, Voth also last competed at the Canada West championships, where he finished 17th in the 1000m with a time of 2:40.05 as well as running for the Spartans 4x800m team that finished fourth in a school record time of 7:54.89.
On the women’s side, Trinity Western’s Alison Jackson, who wasn’t competing under the B.C. Athletics umbrella, finished the five kilometre event 74th overall and 12th amongst women in a time of 18:33.24. Her time would have placed her ninth amongst B.C. Athletics runners.
The last time Jackson competed was at the Canada West championships where she finished eighth in the 3000m in a time of 10:25.86, 13th in the 1500m in a time of 4:53.19 and was part of the Spartans 4x800m team that finished fifth in a school record time of 9:37.86.