May 5, 2014, TAICANG, China (ISN) – Trinity Western University Spartans third year cross-country runner Katelynn Ramage (Surrey/Nanaimo, B.C.) had a personal best of 1:49.30 to finish 82nd this past Saturday at the senior women’s IAAF World Race Walking Cup in Taicang, China.

The Human Kinetics student, who was competing in her first World Cup, commented on her performance and the race in general.

“Travelling to China to compete is a thrilling experience. Going in to the competition it was definitely intimidating knowing that the best in the world would be here. Once the gun went off all of that faded quickly and I got down to business,” said Ramage. “My time today was a big PB and the first time that I’ve negative split a long event. I’m taking away a wealth of knowledge to go along with the experience. I have been blessed with this opportunity and now I’m looking forward to even better competition at this level.”

The World Cup was won by Anisya Kirdyapkina from Russia with a time of 1:26:31, with home favourite Hong Liu from China finishing second at 1:26:58, while Russia’s Elmira Alembekova finished third at 1:27:02.

Rachel Seaman (Peterborough, Ont.) was the top Canadian finishing 31st with a time of 1:31:14. Fellow British Columbia native Nicola Evangelista (Vancouver) finished five spots ahead of Ramage with a time of 1:43:22.

The final team standings were: Russia first with eight points, China second with 22 points, and Portugal third with 36 points. The Canadian women finished 15th with 190 points.