Benson Leads TWU Spartans at Washington Invitational

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January 27, 2013, Seattle, WA (ISN) – Led by Fiona Benson (Dawson Creek, B.C.), who finished fifth in the mile run against lofty competition with a time of 4:43.34, the Trinity Western’s men’s and women’s track and field teams put together a strong overall performance at the University of Washington Invitational Saturday at Dempsey Indoor.

Benson’s effort saw her finish just over five seconds behind the leader as she clocked a time that, once converted, will see her move into the upper echelon of the CIS 1500m rankings.

Beyond Benson it was another quality day for the Spartans as 15 of TWU’s 18 competing athletes posted season’s or personal bests and yet another school record was broken.

“We saw some really promising signs for our team in what is still the early part of our season,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “We performed well across the board and to have so many season’s and lifetime bests is another statement about where our program is heading. It’s exciting to see where we are at with still nearly a month until the Canada West Championships and almost six weeks until nationals.”

Amongst TWU’s top performers was Rebecca Marchant (Melbourne, Australia) whose triple jump of 11.70m broke the Spartans school record and put her seventh in the CIS rankings. The previous record was held by Ayla Akehurst (Campbell River, B.C.) who jumped 11.45m Jan. 12 at the UW Indoor Preview.

High jumper Emma Nuttall (Edinburgh, Scotland) also impressed as she improved on her season’s best jump of 1.77m with a clearance of 1.79m, which maintains her position atop the CIS rankings. The result tied her for first place at the meet but, officially, she dropped to second on a countback.

The Spartans had a variety of other notable achievements including Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.) posting a six-second personal best in the mile race, putting up a time of 4:59.69, which was good for 10th overall, and Meg Harradine (Langley) earning a three-second personal best in the 800m as she crossed the line in 2:18.60, which placed her 44th.

Sprinter Maya Daly (Ajax, Ont.) clocked a time of 8.87 in the 60m hurdles preliminaries, which bettered her season’s best of 8.95, which she posted at the UW Indoor Preview Jan. 12. Daly went on to finish 10th in the final with a time of 8.99.

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