by Mark Janzen
February 22, 2014, EDMONTON – On an impressive day that saw the Trinity Western set six school records, Sabrina Nettey (Surrey, B.C.) led the way as she broke a 21-year-old Canada West long jump record with a jump of 6.32m Friday to win gold at the conference championships at the University of Alberta’s Universiade Pavilion.
Nettey broke the previous record of 6.10m, which was set by the University of Saskatchewan’s Vanessa Monar in 1993.
Nettey, whose season’s best was previously 6.01m, broke the previous record of 6.24m, which was set by the University of Toronto’s Jocelyn Adu-Gyamfi in 2001.
Nettey led a remarkable day for both the Spartans men’s and women’s teams. The Spartans earned 13 medals, including five gold, five silver and three bronze. At last year’s Canada West championships, the Spartans collected 12 medals over the course of the entire weekend.
This year’s competition concludes Saturday.
“Obviously we had a very good Day 1 but I don’t think any of our athletes think that the job is over,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “With the second half of the Canada West championships and the CIS championships still to come, the time to reflect and celebrate is not now. It’s when the job is done. While we’re pleased with so many seasonal and personal bests that have been translated into team points, we also know that we need to be thinking about the task at hand and not be looking in the rearview mirror.”
Calum Innes (Bearsden, Scotland) was TWU’s top performer on the men’s side as he broke the Canada West record with a gold medal-winning effort in the 60m hurdles with a time of 7.94. Innes broke his own personal best and school record time of 7.98, which he set at last year’s CIS national championship, and the previous Canada West record of 7.99, which was set by the University of Manitoba’s Jared MacLeod in 2002.
Also on the men’s side, Nathan George (Coquitlam, B.C.) captured gold in the 300m with a time of 34.34. Declan White (South Surrey, B.C.) won gold in the 3000m in 8:26.73 and James Linde (Coquitlam, B.C.) nabbed a silver with a TWU record jump of 7.28m. The men’s 4x800m team grabbed a bronze with a time of 7:46.30.
On the women’s side, TWU’s Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.) won gold in the 3000m in 10:11.95 while Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) took silver in 10:14.02.
In the 1000m, Sarah Inglis (Falkirk, Scotland) finished second in a Spartans record time of 2:46.87 and Fiona Benson (Dawson Creek, B.C.) was third in 2:47.68.
Hazel Ross broke a school record and set a personal best in the preliminaries of the 60m hurdles, clocking a time of 8.59. She went on to win silver in the final in 8.60.
Anastasia Pearse medaled in the 300m, winning bronze with a time of 40.41. In the preliminaries, Pearse set a TWU record with a time of 40.39.
The women’s 4x800m team finished second in 9:09.03.
Gold – 5 (Alison Jackson – 3000m, Sabrina Nettey – Long Jump, Nathan George – 300m, Declan White 3000m, Calum Innes – 60m Hurdles)
Silver – 5 (Sarah Inglis – 1000m, Regan Yee – 3000m, Hazel Ross – 60m Hurdles, Women’s 4x800m, James Linde – Long Jump)
Bronze – 3 (Anastasia Pearse – 300m, Fiona Benson – 1000m, Men’s 4x800m)
^Meets CIS Standard
! CIS Record
# Canada West Record
Canada West points in brackets
3rd – Anastasia Pearse – 40.39*
3rd – Anastasia Pearse – 40.41 (4)
2nd – Sarah Inglis – 2:46.87*^ (5)
3rd – Fiona Benson – 2:47.68^ (4)
1st – Alison Jackson – 10:11.95 (7)
2nd – Regan Yee – 10:14.02 (5)
3rd – Hazel Ross – 8.59*^
5th – Maya Daly – 8.86
2nd – Hazel Ross – 8.60
4th – Maya Daly – 8.75 (3)
2nd – TWU (Meg Harradine, Fiona Benson, Alison Jackson and Sarah Inglis) – 9:09.03
6th – Ivonne Zuniga – 3.52m (1)
1st – Sabrina Nettey – 6.32*^#! (7)
2nd – Nathan George – 34.90
1st – Nathan George – 34.34^ (7)
1st – Declan White – 8:26.73 (7)
6th – Joel De Schiffart – 8:34.65 (1)
10th – Chris Voth – 8:48.33
1st – Calum Innes – 8.06^
1st – Calum Innes – 7.94^*# (7)
2nd – James Linde – 7.28*^ (5)
3rd – TWU (Adam Marshall, Mihai Prajea, Levi Neufeld and Declan White) – 7:46.30
5th – Cale Hernandez – 3321 (2)