LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Trinity Western women’s cross country and track and field teams will add a two-time CIS All-Canadian to the fold this fall as former Windsor Lancer middle distance runner Lisa Brooking (Orillia, Ont.) will join the Spartans for her final two years of university eligibility.
The 5-foot-6 Brooking, who graduated from Twin Lakes Secondary in 2005 before spending five years at the University of Windsor, comes to the Spartans as both a 3000m and cross country specialist.
She was a CIS All-Canadian in cross country in both 2007 and 2008, finishing 13th and 14th overall, respectively.
On the track, in 2008, Brooking qualified for the CIS championships in the 3000m with a time of 9:41, before finishing eighth overall at the national meet.
More recently, Brooking has set personal records of 17:50 over five kilometres, in 2014, and 35:50 over 10 kilometres, in 2015.
She has also been a Lululemon Run Ambassador since 2011 and was a Saucony-sponsored athlete in 2014.
“Lisa comes to our program with three years of competitive collegiate experience – something that will be invaluable to our team in the wake of the graduation of Alison Jackson and Fiona Benson,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “Having done some club-based training with our women’s squad, we know she will fit in well with our team and, with her in the mix, we definitely have high expectations for the 2015-16 cross country and track and field seasons.”
Academically, Brooking graduated from the University of Windsor with a Bachelor of Science. Following that, she earned a critical care certificate from BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) and graduated with distinction. She has been a full-time nurse at Royal Columbian Hospital and Peace Arch Hospital and will pursue a master’s degree in nursing at TWU.
“I want to pursue my educational endeavours and I chose TWU because of its recognized quality of education in a faith-based environment,” Brooking said. “TWU has inspiring faculty members who demonstrate devotion to the profession.”
Brooking joins middle distance runner Mirelle Martens (Grande Prairie, Alta.) and pole vaulter Kirsten Webber (Bellingham, Wash.) as the Spartans first three announced commitments for 2015.