July 15, 2013, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The Trinity Western track and field team’s burgeoning prominence was on full display this past weekend in both Canada and Great Britain.
With the Spartans Emma Nuttall (Edinburgh, Scotland) captured gold in the high jump at the British championships while, at the Canadian junior championships, Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) won gold in the 2000m steeplechase and Nathan George (Coquitlam, B.C.) grabbed silver in the 400m.
Nuttall, competing in Birmingham, England, achieved an personal best when she cleared 1.87m to earn top prize at the Sainsbury’s British Championships. Her previous best was 1.86m, which she jumped at the 2012 Aviva England Athletics U23 Championships. This past year, Nuttall won both a Canada West gold medal, when she cleared 1.85m, and a CIS silver medal, when she jumped 1.79m.
Last year at the British championships, Nuttall finished fourth, when she cleared 1.81m. The previous year, in 2011, she finished third after jumping 1.77m.
While Nuttall was dominating in Great Britain, on this side of the Atlantic, it was Yee and George putting on exceptional performances in Ste-Therese, Que.
Yee, who will join the Spartans this fall after graduating from Hazelton Secondary this past spring, was nothing short of dominant in the 2000m steeplechase as she won by more than 15 seconds, with a time of 6:46.82. She followed that effort with a fifth place finish in the 3000m, with a time of 10:01.75.
George was also impressive in the 400m as he nabbed second place with a time of 47.47. His effort automatically earned him a spot on Team Canada for 2013 Pan American Junior Athletics Championships, which will be in Medellin, Colombia Aug. 23-25. George will have familiar company in Colombia as Spartans coach Laurier Primeau is Team Canada’s head coach.
Also in Ste-Therese, TWU’s Joel Deschiffart (Nanaimo, B.C.) continued his impressive summer as he finished fifth in the 3000m steeplechase with a time of 9:12.16 and seventh in the 5000m with a clocking of 14:55.95.
Also at the Canadian junior championships, fellow Spartan James Linde (Coquitlam, B.C.) finished fifth in his 100m heat with a time of 11.05, third in his 200m heat with a time of 22.24 and fourth, with Team BC, in the 4x100m relay with a time of 42.82.
In Great Britain, the Spartans Hazel Ross (Bishopton, Scotland) was also competing at the British Championships. She finished fourth in her 100m hurdles heat with a time of 14.41.