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U SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW | SPARTANS SET TO COMPETE IN KINGSTON

U SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW | SPARTANS SET TO COMPETE IN KINGSTON

KINGSTON, Ont. – Trinity Western's men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 2018 Canada West and U SPORTS Championships this Saturday, which will be hosted by Queen's University in Kingston.

Led by Nick Colyn (Langley, B.C.) and Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg) on the men's side and Jouen Chang (Langley) on the women's side, the Spartans have their sights set on an exciting day in Kingston.

RACE SCHEDULE
Women's Race (8KM) – 10 a.m. (PT)
Men's Race (10KM) – 11 a.m. (PT)

With Colyn missing out on last year's championship race with an injury and de Jong finishing 24th overall, both have been building towards a strong showing at this year's race. While Colyn was TWU's leading runner in all three races this season, de Jong was consistently right behind him and was just three seconds in arrears at the BC Championships two weeks ago.

On the women's side, the second-year Chang has been impressive this fall and is coming off winning the junior girls title at the BC Championships. With a strong group of up-and-coming runners, including the likes of Julie and Christina Sevsek (Surrey, B.C.), Mikaela Smart (Maple Ridge, B.C.), Mirelle Martens (Grande Prairie, Alta.) and Joanna Williams (Campbell River, B.C.), TWU will have a tidy group of six who all have potential to break through with a dynamic performance on Saturday.

For Canada West, the conference and national championships are determined within the same race, with results simply calculated based on finishing amongst Canada West athletes. However, this marks the final season the U SPORTS results will double as the Canada West Championships, as next fall the conference is ready to launch standalone conference championships in advance of the U SPORTS national meet.

BY THE NUMBERS
2017 CW finish: 3th (men's), 2nd (women's)
2017 U SPORTS finish: 8th (men's), 9th (women's)

Last CW championship / total CW championships (if no championships, list highest previous finish): 2015 (women), 2016 (men) / 2 (women), 1 (men)

Last U SPORTS championship / total U SPORTS championships (if no championships, list highest previous finish): None

RETURNING TOP FINISHERS
Men
Nick Colyn (Did Not Race in 2017) (19th U SPORTS (2016) / 8th CW (2016))
Caleb de Jong – 24th U SPORTS (7th CW)

Women
Jouen Chang – 39th U SPORTS (10th CW)
Mikaela Smart – 42nd U SPORTS (12th CW)

NUMBER OF COMPETITORS
14 total (6 men, 7 women)

KEY ADDITIONS (NAME / ELIGIBILITY / HOMETOWN)
Men
Isaac Wadhwani / 1 / Maple Ridge, B.C.

Women
Julie Sevsek / 2 / Surrey, B.C.
Christina Sevsek / 2 / Surrey, B.C.

KEY PERFORMERS
Nick Colyn
4th
Langley, B.C.

The fourth-year Spartan has been TWU's top men's runner in all three races this season, highlighted by a third-place finish at the 2018 BC Cross Country Championships. After missing last year's national championship race with an injury, Colyn is back this year and, given his current form, will no doubt be in the mix at the front pack.

Jouen Chang
2nd
Langley, B.C.

The second-year Chang comes into the U SPORTS Championship after winning the junior girls title at the 2018 BC Cross Country Championships. She also finished fifth at the UVIC Invitational, as last year's Canada West Rookie of the Year is set to improve on her 39th place finish (10th amongst CW athletes) at last year's national championships.

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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