April 21, 2014, VICTORIA, Texas (ISN) – University of British Columbia’s Joy Spear Chief-Morris and Luc Bruchet have earned top honours in the Association of Independent Institutions Conference this week as Spear Chief-Morris has been named the Female Athlete of the Week, while Bruchet has been named the Male Athlete of the Week for the week of April 14-20.
Spear Chief-Morris, a UBC sprinter, had an excellent week in Southern California, qualifying for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in two events. The sophomore from Lethbridge, Alta. ran a personal-best 11.73 seconds in the women’s 100 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays, finishing 15th overall. The performance surpassed the NAIA “A” standard and made her eligible for selection to Canadian national team entry at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association Under-23 Athletics Championships this summer in Kamloops, B.C.
The following day, she qualified for the nationals in the women’s 200 meters after finishing 11th in that event at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa, Calif., with a time of 24.71. She capped off the weekend by winning the 100 meters at the Beach Invitational in Norwalk, Calif., bettering 85 other competitors with her time of 11.99. She also placed 29th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.19 at the Beach Invitational
Bruchet, the defending NAIA 1,500 meters champion, posted the top time in the event so far this year in the NAIA on April 17 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. The senior from White Rock, B.C. posted a time of 3 minutes, 42.02 seconds in the men’s invitational race section of the 1,500 meters and earned a seventh-place finish. With the performance, Bruchet became the fastest Canadian outdoors in the metric mile so far in 2014.