EDMONTON – Trinity Western second-year Grace Konrad (Edmonton) won Canada West gold in the 300m to lead the Spartans on the opening day of the conference championships, which saw TWU collect a total of five medals Friday at the Universiade Pavilion.
Konrad's performance saw her break her own TWU 300m record with a time of 39.38. In doing so, she became the first Spartans female athlete to capture a Canada West gold medal in the 300m.
Beyond Konrad, the Spartans finished the day with three silver medals and a bronze medal.
Mirelle Martens (Grande Prairie, Alta.) got the medal-winning party started by finishing second in the 3000m with a time of 9:57.61. Martens has now won a Canada West medal in the 3000m in each of the last four years, having won gold in 2016, silver in 2017 and bronze in 2018.
Shortly thereafter, Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg) equaled Martens' 3000m effort, winning silver in the men's 3000m race with a time of 8:29.63. For the fifth-year de Jong, the medal marked his first-ever Canada West track and field medal.
In the final race of the evening, the Spartans men's 4x800m team also earned a silver medal, crossing the line in 7:44.83. The race was the first time TWU has ran a 4x800m relay this year, with a group of four all from Langley, B.C., including Aidan Kits, Nick Colyn, James Lam and Tyler de Jong, connecting for the podium finish and automatic qualification for nationals as one of the top two conference finishers.
In the last field event of the opening day, long jumper Rachel Jerome (Ladysmith, B.C.) put together a personal best jump of 5.78m to win bronze.
In the pentathlon, Jordyn Piercy (Victoria) broke the Spartans women's record, with 3400 points to finish fifth overall. She bettered the previous record of 3122 points, which was set by Hannah Beaton Feb. 27, 2015.
TWU finished the day with 12 different scoring performances, with Top 8 results earning points toward the team total. Of those performances, 13 different Spartans athletes were involved.
The second and final day of the Canada West championships is Saturday, starting at 10:45 a.m. (MT).
^U SPORTS Qualifying Standard
1st – Grade Konrad – 39.60Q
21st – Tosha Moore – 45.75
1st – Grace Konrad – 39.38*^ (10)
2nd – Mirelle Martens – 9:57.61 (8)
6th – Joanna Williams – 10:17.32 (3)
7th – Mikaela Smart – 10:25.59 (2)
9th – Christina Sevsek – 10:35.29
11th – Jouen Chang – 10:38.86
16th – Julie Sevsek – 11:05.06
5th – Jordyn Piercy – 3400 (4)
6th – 9.38 – 832
5th – 2:26.07 – 743
4th – 1.58m – 712
5th – 8.71m – 445
2nd – 5.39m – 668
3rd – Rachel Jerome – 5.78m (6)
12th – Kevin Hughes – 36.60
4th – James Lam – 2:29.49 (5)
17th – Isaac Wadhwani – 2:44.77
18th – Nathanael Fehringer – 2:51.80
2nd – Caleb de Jong – 8:29.63 (8)
4th – Chris Weiss – 7.48 – 719
7th – Dominic Luccock – 7.55 – 697
4th – Dominic Luccock – 6.41m – 677
5th – Chris Weiss – 6.30m – 652
3rd – Chris Weiss – 11.66m – 586
6th – Dominic Luccock – 11.02m – 547
3rd – Dominic Luccock – 1.78m – 610
3rd – Chris Weiss – 1.78m – 610
2nd – 7:44.83 – Aidan Kits, Nick Colyn, James Lam, Tyler de Jong (8)
10th – Denzel Brown – 6.28m
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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.