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DE JONG, COLYN LEAD SPARTANS AT U SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

DE JONG, COLYN LEAD SPARTANS AT U SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS

KINGSTON, Ont. – 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.

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
8. Jack Sheffar, Western (31:33.1)
9. Eric Lutz, Calgary (31:34.1)
10. Stefan Daniel, Calgary (31:36.7)
11. Max Turek, McMaster (31:38.0)
12. Mitchell de Lange, Queen's (31:42.0)
13. Alexis Lepage, Laval (31:44.0)
14. 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
8. Alison Irvine, Victoria (28:34.0)
9. Branna MacDougall, Queen's (28:45.8)
10. Hannah Woodhouse, Guelph (28:49.4)
11. Courtney Hufsmith, Saskatchewan (29:00.4)
12. Meggie Dargis, McGill (29:01.2)
13. Makenna Fitzgerald, Queen's (29:07.5)
14. 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

QUOTABLE
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."

NOTABLE
• Last year, De Jong finished 24th overall, while Colyn was injured and did not race.
• Colyn's last appearance at the U SPORTS Championships, in 2016, he was 19th overall.
• Chang improved upon her 39th-place finish in her rookie season last year.

NEXT UP
The number of Spartans will now prepare for the Canadian Cross Country Championships Nov. 24 back in Kingston.

About TWU
Recognized for quality, TWU has received seven consecutive A+ rankings for Quality of Teaching and Learning, holds three Canada Research Chairs, and wins national championships in CIS sports. More importantly, lives are changed at TWU through its whole-person, Christ-centred approach to education. With a wide array of undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree-completion programs, TWU equips leaders of character and competence to make a positive impact in the lives of others.

About Spartan Athletics
As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 10 sports in the Canada West conference, including women's and men's soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross-country and track & field. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men's hockey. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 11 U SPORTS team championships and 25 Canada West team championships.

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