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SEATTLE – Trinity Western's Nick Colyn (Langley, B.C.) led the Spartans men's cross country team at the University of Washington's Sundodger Invitational, as he finished 12th overall in an NCAA Division I field Saturday at Lincoln Park.

Competing largely against the best runners from Boise State University and the University of Washington, Colyn crossed the line in 24:25.70 over eight kilometres, while teammate Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg) finished 14th in 24:54.10.

Rounding out the top four on the men's side were veterans Tyler DeJong (Langley), who finished 19th in 25:31.10, and James Lam (Langley), who was 20th in 25:33.50.

On the women's side, second-year Spartan Jouen Chang (Langley, B.C.) led the way for TWU, finishing 19th against an impressive NCAA Division I field with a time of 21:47.80 over the six-kilometre course.

Mirelle Martens (Grande Prairie, Alta.) came in 28th overall in 22:24.70, with Christina Sevsek (Surrey, B.C.), who recently transferred from the University of Guelph, coming in just behind her in 30th place with a time of 22:33.40.

TWU was competing against the likes of the University of Washington, Boise State University, Oregon State University and Seattle University.

Spartans Results at the UW Sundodger Invitational
12th – Nick Colyn – 24:25.70
14th – Caleb de Jong – 24:54.10
19th – Tyler DeJong – 25.31.30
20th – James Lam – 25:33.50
36th – Nathanael Fehringer – 29:04.10
37th – Aidan Kits – 29:57.20

19th – Jouen Chang – 21:47.80
28th – Mirelle Martens – 22:24.70
30th – Christina Sevsek – 22:33.40
34th – Mikaela Smart – 23:10.00
36th – Jennifer Shannon – 23:19.50
44th – Julijana Sevsek – 23:54.90
47th – Eliyah Brawdy – 24:29.90
52nd – Kayla Weltzin – 26.37.10

David Jackson – TWU Assistant Coach – Cross Country and Middle Distance
"We've only been training for about a week as a team, so we were really pleased to see our athletes run. Some were doing their first university race of their career, so it was good to get that under their belts. Looking forward, we're just excited for the process over the next couple of months as we prepare for the U SPORTS championships."


Kathy Andrews – TWU Assistant Coach – Cross Country and Middle Distance
"I thought our team really held its own against some highly-talented teams and I think we really showed that our team has so much potential for the upcoming season."

The Spartans will send a contingent to the Vancouver Spirit Run Sept. 23 at Jericho Beach Park.

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.