LANGLEY, B.C. – Trinity Western’s men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete at the U SPORTS championships in Windsor, Ont. this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse inside the University of Windsor’s St. Denis Centre.
U SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thursday, Mar. 8 – St. Denis Centre (Windsor, Ont.) – 12:45 p.m. (PT)
Friday, Mar. 9 – St. Denis Centre (Windsor, Ont.) – 1:30 p.m. (PT)
Saturday, Mar. 10 – St. Denis Centre (Windsor, Ont.) – 9:00 a.m. (PT)
MEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
• Heading into U SPORTS championships, TWU’s Denzel Brown (Port Coquitlam B.C.) will look for a podium finish as he is currently ranked fourth among all triple jumpers. Brown holds the Spartan record in triple jump (14.79m), which he set earlier this season at Washington State University practice facility in Pullman Washington. He finished 4th at the Canada West championships, jumping 14.08m.
• In pole vault, four Spartans are set to compete in U SPORTS championships. David Boyd (Victoria) ranks fifth with a Spartans record clearance of 4.93m, which he recorded last weekend at the Canada West championships while winning bronze in Winnipeg. Last year, at the U SPORTS championships, Boyd competed in the heptathlon and finished eighth. Maxime Léveillé (Shefford, Que.) ranks seventh (4.90m), while Nathan Dunford (Bellingham, Wash.) is eighth (4.83m), and Giovanni Hernandez (Tepic, Mexico) is 10th (4.73m).
• In the 1000m, TWU’s James Lam (Langley) is seeded 10th in the U SPORTS rankings. Lam holds the Spartans 1000m record (2:25.65), which he set earlier this year at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle.
• TWU’s Chris Weiss (West Vancouver, B.C.) will compete in the heptathlon in his first appearance at the national level this weekend in Windsor. With 4445 points, Weiss finished fourth in last weekend’s Canada West championships.
• Middle distance runners Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg) and Nick Colyn (Langley, B.C.) are both set to compete in the 3000m race. De Jong is sixth in U SPORTS rankings, and Colyn is ranked 10th.
• The men’s team finished 12th at the 2017 U SPORTS Championships.
WOMEN’S TRACK AND FIELD
• Heading into U SPORTS championships, TWU’s Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) ranks first out of all runners in the 3000m and second in the 1500m. Yee has won a 3000m gold medal, in 2016, and a silver medal, in 2017. She also has a bronze in the 1500m from 2016.
• Both Madison Evans (Calgary) and Kirsten Dunford (Bellingham, Wash.) will represent the women’s pole vaulting team. For Evans, this is her fourth appearance at U SPORTS nationals, with her best performance coming last year when she finished fifth. She is ranked sixth in the overall U SPORTS pole vault standings. As for Dunford, she ranks ninth and will look to improve on her eighth place finish in last year’s national competition in Edmonton.
• Second-year triple jumper Mowa Adeleye (Calgary) heads into U SPORTS nationals on a high note after a personal best jump of 11.77m last weekend, which was good enough for second place at the Canada West championships. Finishing ninth last year, this will be Adeleye’s second appearance at nationals.
• With a jump of 5.57m, second-year long jumper Rachel Jerome (Ladysmith, B.C.) claimed bronze last weekend at the Canada West championships, which ranks her 11th among all U SPORTS long jumpers. She will look to improve on her eighth place finish at last year’s national championships in Edmonton.
• As a team, the women’s side finished 10th overall at the 2017 U SPORTS Championships.
SPARTANS U SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS SCHEDULE
Rachel Jerome – Long Jump – 4:25 p.m. (ET)
Regan Yee – 3000m – 6:30 p.m. (ET)
Kirsten Dunford – Pole Vault – 7 p.m. (ET)
Madison Evans – Pole Vault – 7 p.m. (ET)
Mowa Adeleye – Triple Jump – 12:30 p.m. (ET)
Regan Yee – 1500m – 2:45 p.m. (ET)
Chris Weiss – 60m (Heptathlon) – 3:45 p.m. (ET)
Chris Weiss – Long Jump (Heptathlon) – 4:30 p.m. (ET)
Chris Weiss – Shot Put (Heptathlon) – 6 p.m. (ET)
Chris Weiss – High Jump (Heptathlon) – 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Chris Weiss – 60m Hurdles (Heptathlon) – 3:45 p.m. (ET)
Chris Weiss – Pole Vault (Heptathlon) – 4:35 p.m. (ET)
James Lam – 1000m – 5:10 p.m. (ET)
Nick Colyn – 3000m – 6:50 p.m. (ET)
Caleb De Jong – 3000m – 6:50 p.m. (ET)
Chris Weiss – 1000m (Heptathlon) – 7:05 p.m. (ET)
4x800m – 8:30 p.m. (PT) (Tyler De Jong, James Lam, Adam Marshall, Levi Neufeld)
David Boyd – Pole Vault – 1 p.m. (ET)
Nathan Dunford – Pole Vault – 1 p.m. (ET)
Giovanni Hernandez – Pole Vault – 1 p.m. (ET)
Maxime Leveille – Pole Vault – 1 p.m. (ET)
Denzel Brown – Triple Jump – 2:35 p.m. (ET)
Levi Neufeld – 1500m – 3 p.m. (ET)
HIGHLIGHTS FROM LAST YEAR’S U SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS
• Middle distance runner Regan Yee captured silver in the 3000m with a time of 9:20.03. She is currently ranked first in the same race this year.
• In the heptathlon, Spartans’ David Boyd posted a personal best in the 60m (7.33), long jump (6.27m) and shot put (9.20m). This year Boyd will be competing in the pole vault, and currently sits in fifth in the U SPORTS rankings.
• Trinity Western Spartan alum James Linde tied the Spartans school record in the 60m in both the preliminaries and the final, clocking a personal best time of 6.88 in both races to finish fifth overall at the U SPORTS championships
TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS
U SPORTS Ranking: 12th
U SPORTS Ranking: 9th