Nov 08, 2014

ST. JOHN’S, Newfoundland – Led by Sarah Inglis (Falkirk, Scotland), who finished fifth overall and first amongst Canada West athletes, the Trinity Western women’s cross country team made Spartans history by finishing second overall at the CIS national championships for the first time ever, while also capturing their second straight Canada West championship Saturday at St.

John’s Pippy Park Golf Course.

Running in winds that peaked near 110 km per hour, accompanied by rain at sometimes hail-like conditions, the Spartans bettered their fourth place finish from last year’s national championships as the second place finish marks TWU’s best ever result. It’s also the first time in the cross country program’s history that TWU has won back-to-back conference titles.

After finishing 29th overall at last year’s CIS championships, Inglis came back this year on a mission and finished the six kilometre race in 22:58.3 to finish fifth in the CIS and first in the conference. The first place finish amongst Canada West athletes earns Inglis the Canada West Female Athlete of the Year award for cross country.

The Spartans Alison Jackson (Vermilion, Alta.), who was last year’s Canada West gold medallist, finished seventh in 23:04.6 while Fiona Benson (Dawson Creek, B.C.) was 10th in 23:16.8, Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) was 17th in 24:03.4 and Meg Harradine (Langley, B.C.) rounded out the Spartans top five by finishing 72nd in 25:18.4.

Inglis’ and Jackson’s results earn them CIS First Team All-Canadian honours and Canada West First Team All-Star honours. Benson earns a CIS Second Team All-Canadian nod as well as a Canada West First Team All-Star honour. Yee’s result earns her a Canada West First Team All-Star nod.

This is the third year in a row that a Spartans women’s runner has won the Canada West cross country title. Benson captured Canada West gold in 2012 and Jackson won in 2013.

It was an impressive improvement on last year’s results as, this year, four runners were in the top 20. Last year, which was TWU’s previous best result, the Spartans Jackson was the lone TWU runner in the top 20.

On the women’s side, Spartans endurance coach Mark Bomba was named the Canada West Coach of the Year.

TWU Results
5th – Sarah Inglis – 22:58.3
7th – Alison Jackson – 23:04.6
10th – Fiona Benson – 23:16.8
17th – Regan Yee – 24:03.4
72nd – Meg Harradine – 25:18.4
95th – Hannah Ryan (Gaensler) – 25:45.7
113th – Katelynn Ramage – 27:06.7


Team standings
1. Guelph, 34 points
2. Trinity Western, 105
3. Queen’s, 132
4. Toronto, 159
5. Western, 163
6. Victoria, 164
7. Laval, 185
8. Dalhousie, 189
9. Ottawa, 244
10. Alberta, 258
11. Calgary, 276
12. McMaster, 302
13. Calgary, 303
14. MacEwan, 353
15. Waterloo, 368
16. Regina, 385
17. Manitoba, 437
18. Memorial, 557
19. Thompson Rivers, 577

Individual honours
Athlete of the year: Carise Thompson, Guelph
Rookie of the year: Katie Phillips, Ottawa
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Kendra Pomfret, Victoria
Coach of the year: Dave Scott Thomas, Guelph

First All-Canadians (top 7 finishers)
1. Carise Thompson, Guelph, 22:42.2
2. Julie-Anne Staehli, Queens, 22:50.3
3. Katelyn Ayers, Guelph, 22:55.4
4. Katrina Allison, Guelph, 22:57.1
5. Sarah Inglis, Trinity Western, 22:58.3
6. Claire Sumner, Queens, 23:01.5
7. Alison Jackson, Trinity Western, 23:04.6

Second All-Canadians (finishers 8-14)
8. Emma Cook-Clarke, Calgary, 23:10.0
9. Amanda Truelove, Western, 23:12.7
10. Fiona Benson, Trinity Western, 23:16.8
11. Gabriela Stafford, Toronto, 23:30.4
12. Heather Petrick, Guelph, 23:41.4
13. Vanessa Trofimenkoff, MacEwan, 23:49.1
14. Madeline Yungblut, Guelph, 23:53.5

1. Trinity Western, 33
2. Victoria, 63
3. Alberta, 83
4. Calgary, 101
5. MacEwan, 120
6. Regina, 131
7. Manitoba, 160
8. Thompson Rivers, 224

Canada West Awards
Athlete of the Year: Sarah Inglis, Trinity Western
Rookie of the Year: Chloe Hegland, Victoria
Student-Athlete of the Year: Kendra Pomfret, Victoria
Coach of the Year: Mark Bomba and Laurier Primeau, Trinity Western

Canada West Women’s All-Stars

First Team All-Stars (top 7 Canada West finishers)
Sarah Inglis, Trinity Western
Alison Jackson, Trinity Western
Emma Cook-Clarke, Calgary
Fiona Benson, Trinity Western
Vanessa Trofimenkoff, MacEwan
Rebekah Sass, Manitoba
Regan Yee, Trinity Western

Second Team All-Stars (top 7 Canada West finishers)
Danielle Thiel, Alberta
Sarah MacArthur, Calgary
Shauna McInnis, Victoria
Emma Bibault, Victoria
Chloe Hegland, Victoria
Avery Westberg, Regina
Rachel Francois, Victoria