Jacqueline Gaby (North Saanich, B.C.)
TRACK & FIELD TEAM BUILDS 2016 RECRUITING CLASS
LANGLEY, British Columbia – Trinity Western track and field coach Rob Pike continued to add to his 2016 recruiting class as he officially announced a group of seven commitments Thursday.
Pike’s most recent signees includes Coleton Barker (Abbotsford, B.C.), Lewis Collin (Edmonton), Jacqueline Gaby (North Saanich, B.C.), Landon Matties (Vernon, B.C.), Natalie McFall (Victoria, B.C.), Cheryl Wiens (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Jamie Wiens (Abbotsford, B.C.).
Coleton Barker (Abbotsford, B.C.)
The 6-foot-2 Barker is a sprint specialist, who has had success in the 100m, 200m and 400m events.
The W.J. Mouat student, who will graduate this year, plans to study human kinetics or psychology at TWU. At this past weekend’s BC High School Championships, Barker finished eighth in the 200m after qualifying for the final in 23.68. He was 22nd in the 100m (11.57).
“Coleton was a very good football player and only recently started running track,” Pike said. “Since joining the track and field team at Mouat, he’s done really well and I’m excited with his potential. He’s a great athlete and a hard-worker, so I’m confident he’ll develop into a fine track and field athlete.”
Barker said: “I’m looking forward in becoming a part of a strong and competitive track team while also studying within a very strong educational program at TWU.”
Lewis Collin (Edmonton)
The 5-foot-6 Collin, who will graduate from Edmonton Christian High School this year, is a sprinter and long jumper who has a personal best of 6.86m in long jump and 6.96 in the 60m.
Last year, at the 2015 ASAA (Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association) championships, Collin’s then personal best jump of 6.72m broke the provincial championship record of 6.56m, which had stood for 50 years.
“Lewis has an incredibly high ceiling and will immediately bolster our sprinting team,” Pike said. “He’ll will also be a significant member of our long jump group and our relay team. He’s a great kid and I’m excited to see what he can do at the CIS level.”
Collin, who plans to study human kinetics, said: “I want to excel on and off the track at Trinity Western for my team, my school and my Lord.”
Jacqueline Gaby (North Saanich, B.C.)
The race-walking Gaby comes to TWU after winning a gold medal at the 2015 BC High School Championships in the 1500m race walk with a time of 7:45.19.
The 5-foot-9 Gaby, who graduated from Parkland Secondary in 2015, finished her high school career as a three-time medallist in the 1500m race walk, having also captured gold in 2013 and bronze in 2014.
“Jacquelinehas already proven to be a high-level race walker and we’re excited to see what she can do with our cross country and track and field teams,” Pike said. “She is obviously a talented athlete and it’s exciting that she chose to continue to pursue her athletic dreams here at TWU.”
Gaby, who plans to study business administration at TWU, said: “I am attending TWU because it’s a Christian university and God commands us to surround ourselves with others that believe in Christ, so we can always be reminded and strengthened.”
Landon Matties (Vernon, B.C.)
Matties will help add depth to the Spartans speed and power group as the 6-foot-1 graduate-to-be of Vernon Christian School will compete in long jump, triple jump and sprints.
At this year’s BC High School Championships, Matties posted a personal best 11.76m in triple jump to finish 12th, while finishing 13th in long jump (5.51m) and 27th in the 100m with a personal best 11.63. He has a personal best long jump of 5.78m.
In Grade 11, he was named the Top Senior Boys Athlete at Vernon Christian School.
“Landon has great potential and I can’t wait to start working with him,” Pike said. “He will join our jumping and sprinting groups and I am very keen to see how he will develop once he joins our team.”
Matties, who plans to study pre-engineering, said: “Trinity Western provides me with a unique opportunity to grow in my faith, while continuing in my athletics and my education. It’s a chance of a lifetime.”
Natalie McFall (Victoria, B.C.)
The Victoria-based sprinter will instantly improve the Spartans on the track as she has personal bests of 1:00.48 in the 400m, 26.25 in the 200m and 12.83 in the 100m.
The 5-foot-4 graduate-to-be of Belmont Secondary also has a hurdling background and, since Dacre Bowen took over as her coach four years ago, has regularly competed at the provincial and national levels.
“Natalie is a great athlete and a great kid,” Pike said. “She’s been out of track for a year due to injuries, but she has lots of potential.”
McFall, who plans to study biology at TWU, said: “Although these next few years are definitely going to be a little bit of a challenge, I am so excited to be able to face these challenges and make new memories at Trinity Western as part of the Spartans.”
Jamie Wiens (Abbotsford, B.C.)
Wiens, who has only competed in track and field for one year, already has a personal best high jump of 1.55m. The 5-foot-8 graduate-to-be of Abbotsford Christian School, who will also compete in triple jump, played club volleyball for five years.
In her first year as a track and field athlete, she qualified for the provincial high school championships in high jump, triple jump and pole vault, which included winning high jump gold at the Fraser Valley championships. At this past weekend’s BC High School Championships, her efforts were highlighted by a 12th place finish in triple jump (9.65m) and 10th place in high jump (1.40m).
“Jamie is a very good athlete who is new to track, but has already shown to be on an impressive trajectory,” Pike said. “She will come in and be a contributor immediately to our high jump group.”
Wiens, who plans to study Education at TWU, said: “Trinity Western was my number one choice when thinking about where to go after high school. I never thought that I would have the opportunity to be a part of the Spartans track and field team. I don’t really know much about track and what to expect as I’m very new to the sport, but I can’t wait to see where track as a Spartan will take me in the next five years.”
Cheryl Wiens (Abbotsford, B.C.)
Wiens, who graduated from Abbotsford Senior Secondary in 1997, will be the oldest athlete to ever compete for the Spartans. The 5-foot-6 distance runner will join the Spartans after previous post-secondary stints at the University of Fraser Valley and Vancouver Career College.
“Cheryl will join our distance team and will look to become a contributing member of the squad,” Pike said. “She obviously brings maturity to our group and will help develop the culture of our team.”
Wiens, who plans to study linguistics and psychology, said “Training with the Spartans coaches and athletes inspires and encourages me that I can become stronger and faster with hard work and I look forward to learning and growing in a Christian environment.”