January 13, 2013, Seattle, Wa (ISN) – The Trinity Western track and field teams had a unprecedented day at the University of Washington Indoor Preview as six different school records were broken and five Spartans qualified for the CIS national championships Saturday at Dempsey Indoor.
Qualifying for the national championships were Liza Whitehead (Surrey, B.C.) in the 60m after posting a time of 7.63, Hazel Ross (Bishopton, Scotland) in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.70, Emma Nuttall (Edinburgh, Scotland) in high jump with a clearance of 1.77m, Rebecca Marchant (Melbourne, Australia) in pole vault with a vault of 3.82m and Calum Innes (Bearsden, Scotland) in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.28.
Whitehead’s time and Nuttall’s clearance has both athletes currently ranked first amongst all CIS athletes in their respective disciplines. Marchant’s vault and Ross’s time in the 60m hurdles has both them currently ranked second in the national rankings.
Last year, TWU only had five athletes total compete at the national championships. This year’s CIS national championships will be held in Edmonton Mar. 7-9.
“By any measure, today was a great success for the Trinity Western track and field program,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “Whether you were looking at the number of personal bests achieved, the number of school records broken or the number of people who have already automatically qualified for nationals, the performances by our group were remarkable.
“Our first-year athletes performed exceptionally well. Our veterans performed like veterans and overall it was just a great success for our athletes.”
While five athletes earned automatic national championship times, the Spartans also had a bevy of performances that shattered the Spartans record book.
Getting the ball rolling for Trinity Western in terms of Spartans all-time records was the second-year Ross, who clocked a Spartans record 8.70 in the 60m hurdles to finish third overall. Ross broke her own Spartans record of 8.83, which she ran earlier this year at Scotland’s Emirates Arena.
Not long after, first-year sprinter Nathan George (Coquitlam, B.C.) posted a Spartans record 6.95 while finishing fourth in the 60m. He bettered the previous record of 6.99, which was set by Innes last year at Dempsey Indoor. George’s time currently ranks him fifth amongst CIS athletes nationally.
Still on the track, second-year Blair Johnston (White Rock, B.C.) broke his own Spartans record in the 3000m, posting a time of 8:24.55 and finishing 12th overall. His time puts him sixth overall in the CIS national rankings. Johnston’s previous record, clocked at Dempsey Indoor last year, was 8:29.35.
In the field, Jesse Phillips (Anaheim, Cali.), who is in his first year with TWU but in his third year of eligibility, set the Spartans men’s pole vaulting record with a vault of 4.34m, which placed him second overall. The previous record was held by Alex Love, who vaulted 4.25m last year at the Max Bell Centre. Phillips vault puts him eighth in the national rankings.
Also in the pole vault pit, Marchant (Melbourne, Australia) set the TWU record with her vault of 3.82m that placed her second overall, after she finished in a tie for first but lost on a count back. Marchant’s vault bettered the previous TWU record of 3.14m, which was set by Esther Kamphuis in 2002-03 at the Universaide Pavilion.
Finally, first-year Ayla Akehurst (Campbell River, B.C.) broke the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 11.45m, which placed her fifth overall. The previous record of 11.04m was set by Rachel Tarvuud in 2000-01 at the Regina Fieldhouse. Akehurst’s result has ranked seventh nationally.
Complete Trinity Western Results
3 Ross, Hazel – 8.70 – 2nd in CIS Rankings
11 Daly, Maya – 8.95 – 12th in CIS Rankings
13 Pearse, Anastasia – 9.12
40 Zuniga, Ivonne – 10.00
5 Whitehead, Liza – 7.63 – 1st in CIS Rankings
42 Belsterling, Marie – 8.40
52 Geck, Lisa – 8.55
57 Tjernagel, Alexandra – 8.62
59 Varona, Ashleigh – 8.91
34 Visser, Jordyn – 1:05.15
15 Harradine, Meg – 1:40.72
5 Trinity Western – 10:06.77 – 3rd in CIS Rankings
1) Benson, Fiona 2) Harradine, Meg
3) Bell, Nicole 4) Jackson, Alison
2 Benson, Fiona – 2:10.57
29 Bell, Nicole – 2:30.86
7 Whitehead, Liza – 25.49
15 Ross, Hazel – 26.05
18 Daly, Maya – 26.13
46 Belsterling, Marie – 27.76
53 Geck, Lisa – 28.55
54 Visser, Jordyn – 29.12
17 Jackson, Alison – 10:09.50 – 6th in CIS Rankings
2 Nuttall, Emma – 1.77m – 1st in CIS Rankings
7 Ross, Hazel – 1.62 – 9th in CIS Rankings
29 Schnek, Allison – 1.47m
1 Marchant, Rebecca – 3.82m – 2nd in CIS Rankings
9 Zuniga, Ivonne – 3.37m – 11th in CIS Rankings
5 Ross, Hazel – 5.49m – Previous result of 5.51m has her 6th in CIS Rankings
16 Marchant, Rebecca – 5.09m
36 Glenn, Miranda – 4.69m
48 Dejong, Dara – 4.21m
5 Akehurst, Ayla – 11.45m – 7th in CIS Rankings
3 Innes, Calum – 8.28 – 8th in CIS Rankings
4 George, Nathan – 6.95 – 5th in in CIS Rankings
10 Ayin, Nicholas – 7.12
13 Innes, Calum – 7.13
16 Linde, James – 7.16
24 Humphrey, Stephen – 7.22
26 Taylor-Lewis, Tunji – 7.23
30 Voth, Chris – 4:26.76
7 Linde, James – 50.51
12 Ference, Lucas – 1:25.58
18 Marchinkow, Adam – 1:29.11
5 Trinity Western – 8:03.12 – 2nd in CIS Rankings
1) Goodwin, Nathan 2) Prajea, Mihai
3) Neufeld, Levi 4) Voth, Chris
10 Prajea, Mihai – 1:56.86
13 Goodwin, Nathan – 1:57.01
14 Neufeld, Levi – 1:57.65
2 George, Nathan – 22.03
12 Ayin, Nicholas – 22.95
35 Taylor-Lewis, Tunji – 23.87
12 Johnston, Blair – 8:24.55 – 6th in CIS Rankings
39 De Schiffart, Joel – 8:49.09
13 Humphrey, Stephen – 1.87 – 14th in CIS Rankings
2 Phillips, Jesse – 4.34m – 8th in CIS Rankings
6 Sinclair, Jamie – 4.19m – 14th in CIS Rankings