LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s men’s and women’s track and field teams compete at the Canada West championships in Winnipeg this Friday and Saturday at the James Daly Field House.
CANADA WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
Friday, Feb. 23 – James Daly Field House (Winnipeg) – 2:00 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Feb. 24 – James Daly Field House (Winnipeg) – 12:00 p.m. (PT)
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
• The men’s track and field team with look to defend its 2017 Canada West Championships title. Last year’s title was the first time in TWU history that the men’s team had won the event.
• In the men’s 3000m, TWU’s Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg) is ranked second in Canada West with a time of 8:14.74, while teammate Nick Colyn (Langley) is third with a time of 8:17.61.
• Levi Neufeld (Winnipeg) will be returning to his home town as a medal favourite, as he is ranked second in the 1500m (3:48.64). Adam Marshall (Langley) is ranked third in the same race (3:50.00), while James Lam (Langley) is fourth (3:50.39).
• Lam is also sixth in the 1000m after he recently set the TWU school record with a time of 2:25.65.
• With his jump of 14.79m, TWU’s Denzel Brown (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) set the Spartan triple jump record earlier this season, which put him third amongst triple jumpers in Canada West. He will also be competing in long jump and is in the Spartans 4x200m pool.
• The Spartans have an impressive group of men’s pole vaulters, with four athletes sitting within the top six in the Canada West rankings. Maxime Léveillé (Sheffard, Que.), who won Canada West silver last year, is third with a clearance of 4.90m, while teammate David Boyd (Victoria), who won the heptathlon at last year’s conference championships, ranks fourth with a mark of 4.88m. Boyd cleared 5.00m in an unofficial meet this past weekend in the David E. Enarson Gymnasium. Nathan Dunford (Bellingham, Wash.) is fifth (4.75m) and Giovanni Hernandez (Tepic, Mexico) is sixth (4.73m).
• Fifth-year Declan White (South Surrey, B.C), who is a four-time conference medallist but has yet to race this year due to injury, will make his season debut at the Canada West championships, competing in both the 1000m and 1500m.
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
• TWU’s Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) will look to complete a middle distance sweep, as she is ranked first in Canada West in the 1000m, 1500m, and 3000m. Earlier this season, she set Spartan records in the 1000m (2:42.99), the mile (4:33.43) and the 3000m (8:58.29).
• Second-year Mowa Adeleye (Calgary) is second in Canada West in triple jump with a mark of 11.65m and third in high jump with a mark of 1.60m. She will also compete in the 60m hurdles and is in the mix for the 4x200m. As a rookie, Adeleye earned a bronze medal in triple jump at last year’s conference meet.
• Coming into the weekend, TWU pole vaulter Madison Evans (Calgary), who has already qualified for nationals this March, ranks fourth among Canada West vaulters with a mark of 3.90m.
• With a long jump of 5.53m registered in the season-opening meet, TWU’s Rachel Jerome (Ladysmith B.C.) ranks fourth in Canada West. She won a bronze medal at last year’s Canada West championships.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST YEAR’S CANADA WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Trinity Western's men's track and field team collected 10 medals, including two gold, six silver and two bronze, for a total of 80 points to capture the men's program's first ever Canada West championship.
• The women’s team finished fourth overall, picking up seven medals, including one gold, one silver and five bronze, and 48 points.
• On the first day of the 2017 Canada West Championships at the Regina Fieldhouse, Spartan alum James Linde captured gold in long jump, while Yee earned top spot in the 1000m.
• On the second day of the 2017 Canada West Championships, Boyd added a gold medal in the heptathlon.
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS
U SPORTS Ranking: NR
Canada West Ranking: 4th
U SPORTS Ranking: 8th
Canada West Ranking: 5th