LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western fifth-year cross country runner Mihai Prajea (Calgary) won the 2014 CIS Cross Country Community Service Award at Friday’s awards banquet prior to the national championships in St.

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Prajea, who hails from Calgary, is the only Spartans cross country athlete who has been with TWU since its first season in the CIS in 2010 and, as such, he’s played important role in developing the culture of the program.

The kinesiology student is heavily involved in the community as, outside of his training and his studies, he spends three days a week volunteering with local organizations.

On Tuesdays, Prajea volunteers with The Centre for Child Development, which runs various programs that help children who have developmental disabilities.

On Thursdays, he works with a group of senior citizens at Langley Lodge, where he engages with individuals through a variety of activities and social opportunities.

Then, on Saturdays, he volunteers his time with WORK Core, which is a university program at TWU where students help local families or individuals with house or yard work.

“As the head coach of a program I like to think that I know the athletes on our team very well, but sometimes it is only when one puts pen to paper in submission of an award that I recognize the amazing things they do to positively impact others,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “Mihai quietly volunteers his time three days per week and gives back to community in so many ways. And he does it without any show or fanfare; so much so that I was unaware of all the work he did until I asked our team captain to reveal what things our athletes were doing on a volunteer basis. The reason I didn’t know about his involvement is because Mihai doesn’t do it for the award or the recognition. He does it because it is the right thing to do.”

On the trails, Prajea, most recently, finished 13th at the BC Cross Country Championships. Last year he finished 17th amongst Canada West athletes and 59th overall at the CIS Cross Country Championships.

On the women’s side, Victoria’s Kendra Pomfret took home the honour.