ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – Trinity Western's Jouen Chang (Langley, B.C.) won the junior girls title at the BC Championships with an impressive race at Clearbrook Park Saturday afternoon. With her win, Chang will now have a chance to represent BC at the Canadian Championships Nov. 24.
Chang finished the six kilometre circuit in 20:26 to top the field, while teammate Kayla Weltzin (Langley) was sixth in the junior race, finishing in 24:16.
Amongst the Spartans senior women's runners, Jennifer Shannon (Burnaby, B.C.) was TWU's top finisher in 28:17 over eight kilometres. Joanna Williams (Campbell River, B.C.) was only 11 seconds behind Shannon, crossing in 28:28 for a 26th-place finish.
On the men's side, Nick Colyn (Langley) was fourth overall in a strong field that featured Olympian Luc Bruchet, finishing the eight kilometre race in 22:39. Teammate Caleb de Jong (Winnipeg) was seventh overall in 22:42, while James Lam (Langley) was 10th in 23:08 and Tyler de Jong (Langley) was 13th in 23:12.
Spartans Results at the BC Championships
4th – Nick Colyn – 22:39
7th – Caleb de Jong – 22:42
10th – James Lam – 23:08
13th – Tyler de Jong – 23:12
70th – Nathanael Fehringer – 26:55
72nd – Aidan Kits – 26:57
David Jackson – TWU Assistant Coach – Cross Country and Middle Distance
"I think we had some positive results today. On the women's side, it was great to see Jouen win the junior girls championship. And I think Joanna Williams had her best race of the season, while it was another good race for Jennifer Shannon.
"On the guys' side, it was nice to see Nick and Caleb in that top university pack of guys and James and Tyler also ran strong races.
"I think everyone is looking forward to this next two weeks to ease off and get ready for the U SPORTS championships."
The Spartans will prepare for the U SPORTS Championships Nov. 10 in Kingston, Ont.
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