LANGLEY, B.C. – The Trinity Western men’s and women’s cross country teams will both be looking to defend their Canada West titles while also aiming to make a return to the national podium, as they compete in the 2017 U SPORTS Cross Championships Sunday at Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park.
2017 U SPORTS Championships
Women’s Race | 1 p.m. (PT)
Men’s Race | 2 p.m. (PT)
Women’s Live Stats: https://track.rtrt.me/e/RDT-USPORTXC-2017#/leaderboard/womens-8k-open
Men’s Live Stats: https://track.rtrt.me/e/RDT-USPORTXC-2017#/leaderboard/mens-10k-open
Women's Results - https://racedaytiming.ca/results/2017USPORTSXCWomen#.WgSBKK3MylM
Men's Results - https://racedaytiming.ca/results/2017USPORTSXCMen#.WgR5fq3MylM
Watch Live: www.USPORTS.LIVE.
BY THE NUMBERS
2016 CW finish: 1st (men’s), 1st (women’s)
2016 U SPORTS finish: 2nd (men’s), 3rd (women’s)
Last CW championship / total CW championships: 2016 / 1 (men’s), 2016 / 4 (women’s)
Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships: Highest finishes – 2nd in 2016 (men’s) and 2015, 2014 (women’s)
Returning top finishers
Men: Declan White – 2nd U SPORTS – 1st Canada West
Women: Regan Yee – 5th U SPORTS – 3rd Canada West
The Spartans come into this weekend looking to once again compete for a podium finish in both the men’s and women’s events. Led by Declan White (South Surrey, B.C.) and Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.), TWU’s men’s and women’s sides look on pace to be in the mix to medal both individually and as teams.
Both of TWU’s teams have been ranked amongst the top five in the U SPORTS Top 10 all season and have the ability to be amongst the very best in Canada on the day. While both teams have name-brand lead runners, they also both have impressive depth that could surprise on race day. It’s been another typical year for a Spartans cross country program that has flourished under coach Mark Bomba. TWU consistently put together strong performances in their three races – the University of Washington’s Sundodger Invitational, the UVIC Invitational and the BC Championships – leading up to this weekend’s championships. Both teams have put at least one runner in the top five in each of their races this year.
Both sides will be looking to build on their recent championship performances, as the women’s team medalled at each of the last three U SPORTS championships, while the men’s silver medal in 2016 marked the team’s first ever podium finish.
Athletes to Watch
Yee finished fifth at last year’s U SPORTS Championship and there’s no reason to believe she can’t better that result this year. After easing into the cross country season this year, following a long summer on the track, Yee has found her form in recent weeks. At the BC Championships, Yee finished fifth overall, but was the top-ranked runner amongst university athletes.
The fifth-year Spartan finished second at last year’s U SPORTS Championships, helping TWU’s men’s team to a best-ever second place finish and a Canada West championship. Coming off an injury, White is finding his stride and recently finished seventh at the BC Championships in a final tune-up for the U SPORTS Championships.
Nick Colyn & Caleb De Jong
The story is similar for both Colyn and De Jong. Both finished in the top 20 at last year’s U SPORTS Championships and both have eyes on cracking the top 10 this year. Colyn bettered De Jong in TWU’s season-opening race, but De Jong reversed the order at the UVIC Invitational. Most recently, De Jong was fourth at the BC Championships and first amongst university athletes, while Colyn did not race, choosing to rest a minor injury.