Spartans track and field sign four athletes

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November 18, 2013, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – Trinity Western track and field and cross country coach Laurier Primeau took another step to bolstering his roster for the next five years as he announced the signing of four student-athletes Monday.

Joining the Spartans in the fall of 2014 will be middle distance runner Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg), pentathlete and heptathlete Hannah Beaton (Langley) and sprinters/hurdlers Jordyn Piercy (Victoria) and Madison Evans (Calgary).

Hannah Beaton

Beaton, who graduates from Langley Fundamental Secondary this spring will join the Spartans as a pentathlete and heptathlete. The 5-foot-9 local product, who competes with the Langley Mustangs, has a personal best of 4453 in the heptathlon, which she earned while finishing fifth at the 2013 Legion Canadian Youth Championships. As a Grade 11 student, Beaton finished third in the heptathlon at the 2013 B.C. High School Championships.

“I wanted to go to a university where I can embrace the idea of honoring God with my athletic gifts, grow as an individual surrounded by a supportive community and go where I felt God wanted me to be,” said Beaton, who plans to study nursing. “Trinity Western fits perfectly. This has been my dream school since I was in Grade 7 and I’m so excited it’s finally here.”

Primeau said: “I have had the privilege of observing Hannah on a daily basis for the past two years, as we share a training facility with her home club, the Langley Mustangs. We know that adding Hannah to our 2014 roster means we will be a stronger team on the track, but, more importantly, that we continue to uphold the school’s mandate of developing Christian leaders. If it’s not enough that she finished fifth in the heptathlon at the national U18 championships last August, Hannah is immersed in projects that serve others – namely ‘Step In Someone Else’s Shoes’ which is an organization that supplies footwear to children in inner-city schools – while also maintaining an ‘A’ average in school and striving to enter the nursing profession with an eye to serving in the developing world.”

Caleb de Jong

The 5-foot-11 de Jong, who will graduate from Winnipeg’s Murdoch MacKay Collegiate Institute in 2014, comes to TWU as a middle distance runner who will compete both on the track and the cross country trails.

De Jong has a personal best of 2:03 in the 800m, 4:12 in the 1500m and 9:02 in the 3000m. He also has a PB of 6:09.57 in the 2000m steeplechase, which he posted while finishing fifth at the 2013 Legion Canadian Youth Championships in Langley.

“I chose TWU because of its impressive athletics and academics and because of its Christian environment,” said de Jong, who plans to take biblical studies. “Because of its holistic approach, I will grow athletically, academically and in my spiritual walk with God. Personally, I feel that it is the right place for me. I feel this is the right decision. It’s the place I feel God is calling me to.”

Primeau said: “I had the privilege of meeting Caleb when he came to Langley for the Canadian Legion Championships. It was clear to me then that he would be a student-athlete that we would actively pursue. Caleb will fill a very important role on our endurance squad when he arrives on campus as he’ll compete in cross country and he has 4x800m relay potential as well as the ability to contribute in the 1500m and 3000m. There is, of course, life after sport, and Caleb is seeking a career serving Christ. We are grateful that he has chosen TWU to prepare him in both athletic and career contexts.”

Madison Evans

The 5-foot-5 Calgary native, who will graduate in the spring from Ernest Manning High School, will immediately help improve the Spartans in both sprinting and hurdling.

Evans, who competes for the Calgary Warriors Track Club, has personal best times of 8.16 in the 60m, 9.29 in the 60m hurdles, 26.76 in the 200m and 58.78 in the 400m.

As a Grade 11 student, she earned a pair of gold medals at the Alberta high school provincial championships, capturing top spot in the 80m hurdles and 400m. She also earned a bronze medal in the 200m and competed in the Legion Canadian Youth Championships in both 2012 and 2013.

“I believe attending TWU will give me an amazing opportunity to excel both academically and in track and field,” said Evans, who plans to study biology. “I am very excited to be a part of the Spartans track team and look forward to competing and learning in an environment where my faith in God can continue to grow.”

Primeau said: “Adding Madison to our roster assures us of strength in hurdles and sprint relays for the next five years. She has excellent sprint range, and has competed at the national level, which will serve her well as she transitions into the CIS. Equally important, Madison has a high academic standing, and will enter TWU with an average in excess of 90 per cent. Further, she participates in a church-run program called ‘Inn from the Cold,’ which houses homeless guests each month. We welcome this compassionate, scholarly student-athlete to TWU.”

Jordyn Piercy

Like Evans, Piercy will arrive at TWU next fall and help contribute to the Spartans sprinting and hurdling group. The 5-foot-10 Victoria product, who will graduate from St. Andrew’s Regional High School in the spring, will compete in the 60m hurdles, the 300m and the 4x200m indoors and the 100m, 400m, 400m hurdles and relays on the outdoor track.

Piercy is the reigning B.C. High School champion in the 400m hurdles, after winning gold this past year in a time of 1:03.92. At the 2013 Legion Canadian Youth Championships, Piercy also helped her Cowichan Valley Athletics Club 4x100m team to a bronze medal.

Beyond the 400m hurdles, Piercy also has a personal best of 15.10 in the 100m hurdles.

“I believe TWU is the place for me,” said Piercy, who plans to study human kinetics. “I’ve been praying for God to show me the way and this opportunity is just not one I could pass up. I am so blessed and am excited for what TWU has to offer. Attending TWU is the next chapter in my life and I am excited for what God has in store for me. I look forward to being a part of the track team and becoming a Spartan.”

Primeau said: “It is a remarkable day, not only for TWU track and field, but also for the University at large. I am a proponent of well-roundedness and have often questioned why we feel that success in one area might mean sacrifice in another. Jordyn has God-given talent in multiple areas and is proof that the pursuit of high performance sport, classroom success, volunteerism and spiritual growth can be simultaneously valued. We look forward to five great years with Jordyn.”