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VICTORIA – Trinity Western's Nick Colyn (Langley, B.C.) finished first in the UVIC Vikes Invitational, while Caleb De Jong (Winnipeg) was second to lead the Spartans Saturday at Beacon Hill Park.

In TWU's first race since opening the season with the Sundodger Invitational, Colyn finished the 10 kilometre course in 31:30, besting all comers including teammate De Jong, who finished in 31:52.

Meanwhile, Tyler De Jong (Langley) was ninth overall in 33:10, with James Lam (Langley) rounding out TWU's top four with an 11th-place result in 33:21.

On the women's side Jouen Chang (Langley) led the Spartans contingent, finishing fifth overall in 30:03 over eight kilometres.

The Spartans put all seven of their female athletes in the top 23, with less than three minutes separating all seven.

Christina Sevsek (Surrey, B.C.) and Mikaela Smart (Maple Ridge, B.C.) were 10th (31:24) and 14th (31:56) respectively.

Spartans Results at the UVIC Invitational
MEN (10K)
1st – Nick Colyn – 31:30
2nd – Caleb De Jong – 31:52
9th – Tyler De Jong – 33:10
11th – James Lam – 33:21
29th – Isaac Wadhwani – 37:00
32nd – Nathanael Fehringer – 38:04

5th – Jouen Chang – 30:03
10th – Christina Sevsek – 31:24
14th – Mikaela Smart – 31:56
18th – Jennifer Shannon – 32:10
20th – Mirelle Martens – 32:35
21st – Julijana Sevsek – 32:40
23rd – Joanna Williams – 32:54

Shane Wiebe – Trinity Western Head Coach
"Nick and Caleb were clearly at the top of the field today. Nick was almost 200m ahead of Caleb and Caleb was almost 200m ahead of the third-place runner. They looked very strong.

"On the women's side, Jouen was very strong with her fifth place finish, but to be honest, I was very pleased with our whole women's team. It was very good day for them.

"I think one of my highlights in watching our women's team today was watching Jennifer Shannon (Burnaby, B.C.) finish as strongly as she did. She really picked it up in the last two laps and looked very strong."

"I think it was a pretty good taste of what we'll be facing at the U SPORTS championships. This was a good barometer meet for what we'll experience in a month or so. You can tell that (cross country coaches) David Jackson and Kathy Andrews are doing an excellent job of preparing this team."

TWU will now prepare for the BC Championships, which are Oct. 27 at Clearbrook Park in Abbotsford, B.C.

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.