SEATTLE – The Trinity Western men's and women's track and field teams had an impressive opening day of the 2019 season, as the Spartans put together a variety of strong showings including several personal records Saturday at the University of Washington Indoor Preview at Dempsey Indoor.

With personal records dominating the day, the Spartans sprint team got things going early, with first-year Praise Olatoke (Glasgow, Scotland) helping lead the charge with a PR time of 6.92 in the 60m to finish 15th. Meanwhile, second-year up-and-coming stars Grace Konrad (Edmonton) and Ben Tjernagel (New Westminster, B.C.) also clocked PRs, with Konrad finishing third overall in the 400m in 56.66 and Tjernagel putting together a time of 6.99 in the 60m (19th).

Konrad went on to also run a 200m time of 25.45 to finish 15th overall while Olatoke was eighth in the 200m in 22.15.

On the women's side, third-year Jennifer Shannon (Burnaby, B.C.) was also amongst the athletes with personal records as she ran 2:17.98 in the 800m to finish 14th overall. Fellow third-year Mowa Adeleye (Calgary) had a busy day, finishing third in triple jump (11.71m), 11th in high jump (J1.60m) and 10th in the preliminaries in the 60m hurdles (8.94). However, Jordyn Piercy (Victoria) was the busiest of the Spartans, as she competed in long jump (5.04m – 17th), 60m hurdles (9.56 – 19th in Qualifying), high jump (1.45m – 24th) and shot put (8.31m – 26th).

In the mile, fourth-year Mikaela Smart (Maple Ridge, B.C.) led the way for TWU, finishing in 5:07.65 (27th).

Amongst the men's team, fifth-year Aidan Kits (Langley) had a personal record time of 1:21.61 in the 600m, while heptathlete Chris Weiss (West Vancouver) had personal records in high jump (1.75m – 20th) and shot put (10.17m – 17th), while also competing in 60m hurdles (9.31 – 15th in Preliminaries).

Third-year Denzel Brown (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) also got off to a strong start as he was third in the triple jump, with a mark of 14.23m and seventh in long jump (6.37m).

Fifth-year Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg), who is coming off a sixth place finish at the U SPORTS Cross Country Championships in the fall, finished the 3000m in 8:15.07 (21st).

"Opening day was great. It was a wonderful way to open the season for a number of reasons. I thought we really executed a lot of the things we've been working on to this point and a lot of our athletes did well in that department. And right out of the gate, we had some great personal bests, so I'm overjoyed. The competition was great and it was a really good test for us. I think our coaches were pretty pleased all around for our first meet of the year."

TWU will now travel to Edmonton for the Golden Bear Open Jan. 18-19.

24th – Rachel Jerome – 7.99

15th – Grace Konrad – 25.45
24th – Amanda Moore – 26.52

3rd – Grace Konrad – 56.66

14th – Jennifer Shannon – 2:17.98
22nd – Kayla Weltzin – 2:36.62

27th – Mikaela Smart – 5:07.65
30th – Mirelle Martens – 5:09.51
44th – Joanna Williams – 5:29.25

35th – Christina Sevsek – 10:28.77
50th – Julie Sevsek – 10:54.16

60m Hurdles
5th – Mowa Adeleye – 9.04Q
19th – Jordyn Piercy – 9.56
20th – Tosha Moore – 9.71

10th – Mowa Aedeleye – 8.94

High Jump
11th – Mowa Adeleye – J1.60m
24th – Jordyn Piercy – 1.45m
24th – Sophie Pauls – 1.45m

Pole Vault
10th – Madison Evans – J3.75m
19th – Emma Li – J3.45m
-- Maddie Li – NH

Long Jump
5th – Rachel Jerome – 5.38m
17th – Jordyn Piercy – 5.04m
30th – Sophie Pauls – 4.45m

Triple Jump
3rd – Mowa Adeleye – 11.71m
-- Alleya Hinds – FOUL

Shot Put
26th – Jordyn Piercy – 8.31m

6th – Praise Olatoke – 6.99Q
12th – Ben Tjernagel – 7.01q
18th – Kenny Blackman Jr. – 7.09

15th – Praise Olatoke – 6.92
19th – Ben Tjernagel – 6.99

8th – Praise Olatoke – 22.15
12th – Kenny Blackman Jr. – 22.28
14th – Ben Tjernagel – 22.35
28th – Luke Snyder – 23.59

14th – Luke Snyder – 52.27
20th – Sam Prevost – 52.95

5th – Aidan Kits – 1:21.61

21st – Caleb de Jong – 8:15.07
39th – James Lam – 8:33.93

60m Hurdles
15th – Chris Weiss – 9.31

11th – 3:33.60 – Sam Prevost, Luke Snyder, Aidan Kits, Tyler de Jong

High Jump
20th – Chris Weiss – 1.75m

Pole Vault
10th – David Boyd – J4.75m
15th – Zach Augenstein – J4.45m
16th – Christ Wess – 4.30m
19th – Glen Johnston – 4.15m
-- Dominic Luccock – NH

Long Jump
7th – Denzel Brown – 6.37m

Triple Jump
3rd – Denzel Brown – 14.23m

Shot Put
16th – Dominic Luccock – 10.20m
17th – Chris Weiss – 10.17m

About TWU
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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.