Trinity Western’s Caleb de Jong and Nick Colyn make Spartans history

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Trinity Western’s Caleb de Jong

Trinity Western’s Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg) and Nick Colyn (Langley, B.C.) made Spartans history Saturday, as the leading duo on the men’s side finished sixth and seventh at the 2018 U SPORTS Championships, marking the first time TWU’s men’s team has ever had two First Team All-Canadians in the same year.

 

The fifth-year De Jong finished the 10 kilometre race in 31:25.3, edging the fourth-year Colyn, who finished in 31:28.3, by three seconds.

 

De Jong’s performance also garnered him a Canada West bronze medal. The Spartans men’s team has now earned an individual conference medal in five of the last six years. Both De Jong and Colyn are Canada West First Team All-Stars.

 

As a team, the Spartans men’s team finished eighth overall, equaling their result from 2017. Amongst CW schools, TWU was fourth. 

 

James Lam (Langley) finished 36th overall (32:30.7) and was a Canada West Second Team All-Star, while Tyler De Jong (Langley) was 53rd (32:47.7) and Isaac Wadhwani (Maple Ridge, B.C.) was 140th (36:06.9) to round out TWU’s top five.

 

On the women’s side, second-year athletes Christina Sevsek (Surrey, B.C.) and Jouen Chang (Langley) finished side-by-side, with Sevsek, who transferred to TWU from Guelph this year, edging her teammate at the line, crossing in 30.07.0. Chang finished the eight-kilometre race in 30:07.2.

 

For their performances, both Sevsek and Chang are Canada West Second Team All-Stars.

 

The women’s team finished seventh overall, bettering their ninth-place result from 2017, with Joanna Williams (Campbell River, B.C.) finishing 47th overall (30:36.0), Jennifer Shannon (Burnaby, B.C.) coming 54th (30:46.4) and Mikaela Smart (Maple Ridge, B.C.) crossing in 62nd (30:56.1). Amongst Canada West teams, TWU was fourth.

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Shane Wiebe – TWU Head Coach

I thought the women ran a very strong race and I was impressed with our group all around. Everybody is improving and so it was a very positive day. The conditions were tough and this was a tough course, so I thought our team put in a brave performance.

 

“On the men’s side, it was nice to see both Nick and Caleb in the top 10. I thought James had a great race and for Isaac, who struggled a bit during the year, it was great to see him finish the race well today. Overall, I’m very pleased with the men’s team as well.”

 

Caleb De Jong

“As a team, I think we did well overall. The fourth and fifth-years wanted to end on a good note and I think we did that pretty much across the board. It was fun to race alongside Nick and it’s nice we could both get in as First Team All-Canadians.”

 

Jouen Chang

“Overall, it was a pretty good race. I think we all had a good race and we ran well as a team. I think we were all feeling ready to give it all today and I thought we did that. Personally, I felt pretty good. It was okay through the first two laps, but the last three kilometres I felt really good, so I tried to pick it up and go. The wind definitely made it a bit rough, but I’m happy with how it went.”

 

 

Spartans Results at the U SPORTS Championships

MEN
10K

6th – Caleb de Jong – 31:25.3

7th – Nick Coylyn – 31:28.3

36th – James Lam – 32:30.7

53rd – Tyler De Jong – 32:47.7

140th – Isaac Wadhwani – 36:06.9

145th – Nathanael Fehringer – 36:20.5

 

WOMEN

8K

30th – Christina Sevsek – 30:07.0

31st – Jouen Chang – 30:07.2

47th – Joanna Williams – 30:36.0

54th – Jennifer Shannon – 30:46.4

62nd – Mikaela Smart – 30:56.1

83rd – Julie Sevsek – 31:15.9

84th – Mirelle Martens – 31:18.3

 

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS

  1. Calgary, 75
  2. Guelph, 89
  3. McMaster, 94
  4. Laval, 131
  5. Queen’s, 149
  6. Western, 173
  7. UBC, 235
  8. Trinity Western, 242
  9. Victoria, 243
  10. Toronto, 279
  11. Manitoba, 331
  12. StFX, 344
  13. Laurentian, 385
  14. Alberta, 405
  15. Sherbrooke, 427
  16. Regina, 540
  17. Laurier, 541
  18. UQAM, 650
  19. Montreal, 700

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-CANADIANS

  1. Connor Black, Guelph (31:13.0)
  2. Jean-Simon Desgagnés, Laval (31:13.6)
  3. Russell Pennock, Calgary (31:16.2)
  4. John Gay, UBC (31:17.0)
  5. Isaiah Frelink, Western (31:18.5)
  6. Caleb De Jong, Trinity Western (31:25.3)
  7. Nick Colyn, Trinity Western (31:28.3)

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-CANADIANS

  1. Jack Sheffar, Western (31:33.1)
  2. Eric Lutz, Calgary (31:34.1)
  3. Stefan Daniel, Calgary (31:36.7)
  4. Max Turek, McMaster (31:38.0)
  5. Mitchell de Lange, Queen’s (31:42.0)
  6. Alexis Lepage, Laval (31:44.0)
  7. Alex Drover, McMaster (31:45.1)

 

MEN’S CANADA WEST TEAM STANDINGS

  1. Calgary Dinos, 29
  2. Victoria Vikes, 80
  3. UBC Thunderbirds, 81
  4. Trinity Western Spartans, 88
  5. Manitoba Bisons, 114
  6. Alberta Golden Bears, 141
  7. Regina Cougars, 196

 

MEN’S FIRST TEAM CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

NAME (U SPORTS PLACE) / SCHOOL / TIME

Russell Pennock (3rd) / Calgary Dinos / 31:16.2

John Gay (4th) / UBC Thunderbirds / 31:17.0

Caleb De Jong (6th) / Trinity Western Spartans / 31:25.3

Nick Colyn (7th) / Trinity Western Spartans / 31:28.3

Eric Lutz (9th) / Calgary Dinos / 31:34.1

Stefan Daniel (10th) / Calgary Dinos / 31:36.7

Ryan Grieco (21st) / Calgary Dinos / 32:01.2

 

MEN’S SECOND TEAM CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

NAME (U SPORTS PLACE) / SCHOOL / TIME

Daniel Heschuk (28th) / Manitoba Bisons / 32:14.8

Josh Kozelj (29th) / Victoria Vikes / 32:16.4

Tyler Kiyonaga (32nd) / Calgary Dinos / 32:24.1

James Lam (36th) / Trinity Western Spartans / 32:30.7

Thomas Broatch (42nd) / UBC Thunderbirds / 32:37.9

Riley Stuermer (44th) / Alberta Golden Bears / 32:39.3

Simon Berube (45th) / Manitoba Bisons / 32:41.4

 

WOMEN’S U SPORTS STANDINGS

  1. Laval, 55
  2. Queen’s, 62
  3. Guelph, 108
  4. UBC, 191
  5. McGill, 195
  6. Victoria, 206
  7. Trinity Western, 224
  8. Calgary, 227
  9. Dalhousie, 277
  10. Laurentian, 306
  11. Montreal, 376
  12. StFX, 381
  13. Toronto, 386
  14. Western, 389
  15. McMaster, 402
  16. Sherbrooke, 417
  17. Saskatchewan, 450
  18. Laurier, 501
  19. Regina, 596
  20. Manitoba, 701

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-CANADIANS

  1. Brogan MacDougall, Queen’s (27:48.6)
  2. Aurélie Dubé-Lavoie, Laval (28:02.1)
  3. Catherine Beauchemin, Laval (28:05.4)
  4. Danielle Jossinet, Guelph (28:11.8)
  5. Melissa Jones, Calgary (28:28.7)
  6. Anne-Marie Comeau, Laval (28:31.8)
  7. Jessy Lacourse, Laval (28:33.5)

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-CANADIANS

  1. Alison Irvine, Victoria (28:34.0)
  2. Branna MacDougall, Queen’s (28:45.8)
  3. Hannah Woodhouse, Guelph (28:49.4)
  4. Courtney Hufsmith, Saskatchewan (29:00.4)
  5. Meggie Dargis, McGill (29:01.2)
  6. Makenna Fitzgerald, Queen’s (29:07.5)
  7. Nicola Symonds, UBC (29:09.6)

 

WOMEN’S CANADA WEST TEAM STANDINGS

  1. UBC Thunderbirds, 61
  2. Victoria Vikes, 66
  3. Calgary Dinos, 71
  4. Trinity Western Spartans, 72
  5. Saskatchewan Huskies, 142
  6. Regina Cougars, 188
  7. Manitoba Bisons, 223

 

WOMEN’S FIRST TEAM CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

NAME (U SPORTS PLACE) / SCHOOL / TIME

Melissa Jones (5th) / Calgary Dinos / 28:28.7

Alison Irvine (8th) / Victoria Vikes / 28:34.0

Courtney Hufsmith (11th) / Saskatchewan Huskies / 29:00.4

Nicola Symonds (14th) / UBC Thunderbirds / 29:09.6

Sarah MacArthur (16th) / UBC Thunderbirds / 29:15.1

Veronika Fagan (18th) / UBCO Heat / 29:18.8

Chloe Hegland (22nd) / Victoria Vikes / 29:41.6

 

WOMEN’S SECOND TEAM CONFERENCE ALL-STARS

NAME (U SPORTS PLACE) / SCHOOL / TIME

Gabrielle Joffe (27th) / UBC Thunderbirds / 30.03.6

Christina Sevsek (30th) / Trinity Western Spartans / 30:07.0

Joeun Chang (31st) / Trinity Western Spartans / 30:07.2

Emma Steele (39th) / MacEwan Griffins / 30:19.8

Kate Anderson (41st) / Calgary Dinos / 30:25.1

Meghan Manor (42nd) / Calgary Dinos / 30:26.1

Caitlin Mann (45th) / Victoria Vikes / 30:30.9

 

 

 

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