LANGLEY, British Columbia – With momentum from an impressive cross country season in its corner and a deep contingent of returnees, the Spartans women’s track and field team is primed for yet another strong indoor season.
The women’s program has been amongst the best in the conference and the country over the last few years and this season should be no different. With a vast majority of the team returning this year, the Spartans have the potential to improve on last year’s fourth place Canada West finish and eighth place U SPORTS result.
TWU opens its season this Saturday at the University of Washington’s Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor in Seattle.
2016 Team Results
U SPORTS Championship Standings: 8th
Canada West Championship Standings: 4th
2016 Individual Medals
Gold – Regan Yee (3000m), Emma Nuttall (High Jump)
Bronze – Regan Yee (1500m)
Gold – Mirelle Martens (3000m), Regan Yee (1500m), Emma Nuttall (High Jump)
Silver – Regan Yee (1000m), Mirelle Martens (1500m), Hazel Ross (High Jump)
Bronze – Hazel Ross (60m Hurdles), Lisa Brooking (3000m), Sophie Pauls (Pentathlon)
(Bold = Returning Athlete)
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Regan Yee (4th-year): Yee had something of a coming out party last year, as she was a double-medallist at both the conference and national meets. This past fall, she finished fifth at the national cross country championships and, coming into the indoor season, she is in ever-improving form and is continually showing her middle distance talents are amongst the very best in the country.
Lisa Brooking (5th-year): Brooking is coming off a fourth-place finish at the U SPORTS cross country championships and an eighth place finish at the Canadian cross country championships. While also preparing to represent Canada at both the IAAF World Cross Country Championship in Uganda and the Pan American championship in Nicaragua, she will focus on the 3000m on the track – an event in which she won Canada West bronze last year.
Mirelle Martens (3rd-year): Last season, which was her first year with the Spartans, she captured Canada West gold in the 3000m and silver in the 1500m. This year, it’s not a stretch to imagine she’ll take a run at making similar noise at the U SPORTS championships.
Kirsten Dunford (2nd-year): The talented pole vaulter, who has a personal record of 4.06m, struggled through an injury-plagued season last year and finished seventh at the Canada West championships (3.43m). She’s back and healthy this year and if she regains her form, she will be a medal favourite at the national championships.
Maddy Evans (3rd-year): In her first two indoor seasons with the Spartans, Evans has peaked at the national championships, clearing 3.81m both times. She also finished fourth at the Canada West championships in both years. This season, she’ll be pushing to get on the podium both at the conference meet and nationally.
Rachel Jerome (1st-year): The graduate of Ladysmith Secondary has a long jump personal record of 5.66m and her training form has her well on her way to making a serious statement in her first year with the Spartans.
Meg Harradine (5th-year): One of the Spartans key leaders proved her veteran moxie at this past fall’s cross country championships, when she finished a best-ever 27th overall and was a Canada West All-Star, helping TWU’s women’s team to its fourth straight conference title. Based on that form, she has set herself up for a strong final semester and could push for a podium spot in the 600m, while once again contributing to the Spartans relay teams.
Joanna Williams (2nd-year): Williams has seemingly improved every single day since coming to TWU last fall. On the cross country trails, she went from finishing 27th in the conference in her first year to 12th this past fall. On the track, she was sixth in the 3000m and 14th in the 1500m at last year’s conference championships. Look for her to make similar gains this spring.
Sophie Pauls (2nd-year): In her first year, she won a Canada West bronze medal in the pentathlon. Given an ever-improving field, it won’t be easy to duplicate her result, but Pauls should be in the mix for a second medal in as many years.