May 1, 2014, ROME, Georgia (ISN) – Trinity Western second-year long jumper James Linde (Coquitlam, B.C.) earned the Spartans their first ever NCCAA (National Christian College Athletic Association) podium finish as he captured a silver medal in long jump Thursday at Shorter University.
The Spartans, who are competing in the NCCAA championships for the first time, saw Linde jump 6.95m to finish second overall. Linde was also the second fastest automatic qualifier in the 100m, crossing the line in 10.83 and advancing to Saturday’s final.
First-year Cale Hernandez (Powell River, B.C.), competing in his first university-level decathlon, sits fourth after the first five events, which included personal bests in both shot put, at 11.25m, and the 400m, in 52.37.
On the women’s side, fourth-year Anastasia Pearse (Victoria, B.C.) qualified for the 400m hurdles final by winning her heat in 1:04.54. Fifth-year Liza Whitehead (Surrey, B.C.) qualified for the 100m final seventh overall with a time of 12.38. The Spartans women’s 4x400m team also advanced to the final by finishing fourth in 3:57.00.
The NCCAA championships continue Friday and Saturday at Shorter University.
7th – Liza Whitehead – 12.38q
10th – Ivonne Zuniga – 3.25m
4th – Anastasia Pearse – 1:04.54Q
4th – 3:57.00 – Rachel Shuttleworth, Anastasia Pearse, Meg Harradine, Liza Whitehead
2nd – James Linde – 10.83Q
12th – Nick Ayin – 11.12
2nd – James Linde – 6.95m (8)
4th – Cale Hernandez – 11.85 – 681
4th – Cale Hernandez – 6.20m – 630
4th – Cale Hernandez – 11.25m – 561
5th – Cale Hernandez – 1.73m – 569
3rd – Cale Hernandez – 52.37 – 709
14th – David Boyd – 58.87
9th – 3:23.57 – Jamie Sinclair, David Boyd, Adam Marshall, Mihai Prajea