Spartans Sign Upper Echelon Decathlete

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February 22, 2013, Langely, BC (ISN) – The Trinity Western men’s track and field team bolstered its team from an multi-event perspective as Spartans coach Laurier Primeau officially announced the signing of decathlete Cale Hernandez (Powell River, B.C.) Thursday.

The 6-foot-1 multi-event athlete, who will graduate from Brooks Secondary this spring, will join the Spartans in the fall and will immediately contribute to the track and field team in the pentathlon – the indoor equivalent to the decathlon – with the ability to score at both the Canada West and CIS championships.

Hernandez, who trains with the Powell River Track and Field Club, is coming off a most successful 2012 summer in which he earned a gold medal in the octathlon as a youth at the BC Athletics Track and Field Jamboree. With that performance, he earned a spot on the Team BC for last year’s Canadian Youth Legion Track & Field Championships, where he captured a bronze medal.

At the 2012 BC Summer Games, he earned silver medals in both javelin and the 4x100m relay.

As a Grade 11 student-athlete, Hernandez finished sixth in the decathlon at the 2012 B.C. High School Championships.

“Cale is a top academic student and an outstanding all-round athlete who is familiar with our program and knows exactly what to expect when he arrives on campus in September,” Primeau said. “He comes from a strong coaching environment in Powell River, where Connie Polman-Tuin, a former Olympian and Pan American Games silver medalist, has guided him through his high school years. We look forward to developing Cale’s skills both on and off the track at Trinity Western.”

Hernandez’s strongest discipline is long jump where he has a personal best of 6.51m.

“I believe that TWU is the best place for me because it combines excellent academics with outstanding athletic coaching,” said Hernandez, who is averaging better than 90 per cent in his high school academics and who plans to study sciences or kinesiology at TWU.