April 24, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – Trinity Western’s Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.) and Joel De Schiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.) both hit lofty standards in Sunday’s 10 kilometre Vancouver Sun Run, with Jackson finishing first amongst females in her age group (19-25) and De Schiffart crossing the line as the top junior-aged (16-18) competitor.
Jackson, who just completed her third year at TWU, finished the Vancouver circuit in 35:56, which was good enough for 19th amongst all female runners and also nearly three minutes faster than her previous best over 10 kilometres.
De Schiffart finished with a time of 33:15, which placed him 41st overall.
“There were no expectations put on either Joel or Alison as our training has been keyed on racing later in the summer,” said TWU endurance coach Mark Bomba. “Neither was ready to run a super fast time and the fact Alison ran about three minutes faster than ever before shows where she currently is in her athletic development.
“It was a great situation for these two to learn about racing in an environment with many athletes they look up to as athletic role models.”
This past season, Jackson won a Canada West gold medal in the 3000m, a silver in the 1500m and a bronze in the 4x800m. At the CIS national championships, she finished fourth in the 3000m and sixth in the 1500m. On the cross country trails, she finished fifth amongst Canada West runners and 22nd overall at the CIS national championships.
At the Spartans athletic awards banquet, Jackson also won Trinity Western’s Bahta Melles Award for servant leadership.
As for De Schiffart, he finished eighth in the 3000m, 10th in the 1500m and helped the Spartans 4x800m team to a fourth place finish at this year’s Canada West championships. At the CIS cross country championships, De Schiffart finished 12th amongst Canada West runners and 45th overall. His result earned him Canada West Rookie of the Year honours.
At the TWU athletic awards banquet, he was named the Spartans male rookie of the year.