(ISN) – LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western men’s track and field and cross country teams added a key piece to their future puzzle as Spartans coach Laurier Primeau officially announced the signing of local middle distance star Nickolas Colyn (Langley) Friday.
The 6-foot-1 Colyn, who will graduate from Langley Christian High School this spring, comes to TWU with an already strong pedigree in the middle distance running world, which includes personal best times of 8:37:40 in the 3000m, 5:49:29 in the 2000m Steeplechase, 3:57:63 in the 1500m and 1:56:29 in the 800m. By comparison, Colyn’s 1500m personal best time would have put him seventh overall at this year’s Canada West championships and his 3000m personal best time would have slotted him in at eighth.
In 2014, Colyn was named B.C. Youth Male Athlete of the Year and earned a gold medal in both 3000m and 2000m Steeplechase at the B.C. Club Championships. Colyn has been a B.C. Legion Nationals Team Member from 2012-2014 and also competed in the Canadian Youth Olympic Trials.
The Langley product not only shines on the track, but academically as well, as he has been on the honor roll throughout high school and earned a high school community service award in 2013.
“Pete Carroll often spoke about the importance of recruiting locally when he was at USC, and he had many reasons for doing it,” Primeau said. “It kept athletes close to family. It kept alumni nearby. And it created an allegiant pathway from the local high schools to the university down the street.
“Signing Nickolas out of Langley Christian School is TWU’s incarnation of this philosophy. We are bringing in one of the best graduating endurance athletes in the province, who also happens to go to high school just a few miles from the TWU campus. Nick has had an opportunity to connect with his future training partners and, as such, we expect a seamless transition into university racing next year. We know we are bringing a phenomenal runner and a great student into the mix at TWU and we look forward to his arrival.”
Colyn plans to study biology and chemistry at TWU.
“As a student athlete, I believe TWU provides me with the best opportunities to grow as an athlete by running at the CIS level and training with a close knit group of athletes and coaches,” Colyn said. “Academically, TWU allows me to pursue my interests in both biology and chemistry within a Christian community.”
This past season, TWU’s men’s cross country team and men’s track and field team both finished a program best seventh at their respective CIS national championships.