Is Emma Nutall robot or cyborg or both?
This coming weekend, the young Trinity Western University Track and Field program look to take the next big step in its development at the CIS Nationals in Edmonton. The Spartans have already had an incredibly successful season and will look to build on what they have already done at Canada’s premier amateur T&F event. The Spartans are coming off a big medal haul at the Canada West championships. Calum Innes defended his Gold Medal in the 60m Hurdles from one year ago with a new school record time of 8.01 seconds, making him a prime contender to steal the show this weekend. Alison Jackson also took home a gold medal in the 3000m at the Canada West championships and will look to cap off her break-out season with a podium finish at nationals.
The Spartans will send their largest contingent ever to Nationals. Pole vaulters Jesse Phillips and Jamie Sinclair, along with hurdler Nathan George and others will join Innes in the Men’s competitions. Meanwhile, the women’s field will be loaded with talent after the Spartans secured the overall team silver medal at nationals.
The women’s side is deep and talented but let’s not kid ourselves; the team is headlined and defined by one athlete in particular.
Emma Nutall’s high jumping career at TWU has been ridiculous. After winning gold at nationals last year, Nutall has come back even stronger this season. Nutall has won every Canada West meet she has entered this year and was rightfully bestowed with the prestigious distinction of Canada West Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year. Her performance went to a ridiculous new level at the CW championships. Nutall cleared 1.85m and set a new Canada West championships record, a mark that had stood nearly 30 years after being set at 1.84m back in 1985.
Nutall has become the most predictable and safest bet in the TWU athletic department. You know she will show up, jump really high, and lay waste to her competitors. It’s incredibly exciting to watch.
Nutall and the rest of Laurier Primeau’s T&F team are riding high heading into nationals; don’t be surprised to see a big medal haul.