TWU captures three silver medals at Nationals.
Another Track and Field season is in the books for the Spartans following a good performance at the CIS Track and Field Nationals in Edmonton. The three medals came from the usual suspects. Calum Innes, part of Trinity Western University’s European contingent, started the medal haul early on day one in his best event, the Men’s 60m hurdles. Innes broke his personal best in the event with a time of 7.98 which also counts as a new school record.
The Spartans did not have to wait long to get their second medal of the day, as Australian Rebecca Marchant shined in the Women’s pole vault. Marchant won silver at the Canada West championships by clearing 3.80m; she bettered that mark to 3.85m to win the National silver.
The third and final silver medal was actually a bit of a disappointment. Emma Nuttall has dominated the high jump since she came over from Scotland last year, but she was unable to defend her gold medal from Nationals last year. She broke the Canada West record with a jump of 1.85m, but was only able to clear 1.79m in Edmonton. Being the second best in an entire country is always an accomplishment; furthermore, all of Nuttall’s past wins overshadow one performance that was below her normal standard. Nuttall has nothing to be ashamed of, even if winning silver is a bit of a letdown after everyone was expecting gold from her.
Beyond the three medals, there were other impressive performances. The Spartans had numerous top-10 finishes and new personal bests that all added up to a productive weekend. In the overall team standings, the women finished in sixth, a very good mark, while the men finished 17th.
“Track and field is a funny sport, in that you can be elated and disappointed at the same time, and I think there was plenty of both of those emotions this weekend,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “We had some competitors who rose above expectations and overall, it’s such a great thing to see how much our program has grown in one year.”
Coach Primeau is right. His program has come a very long way in only a few years; it seemed like an odd experiment when the team was formed three years ago, but they have grown to great heights. The Spartans have now won five medals at the last two National Championship meets and there will surely be more to come. The TWU T&F team is heading in the right direction and the success they’ve had speaks to the quality of coaching and athletes in the program.