Spartans' Benson runs to Canada West title

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Trinity Western Spartans' Fiona Benson won the Canada West women's title over the weekend at the conference championships.
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Fiona Benson is the Canada West cross-country champion.

The third-year Trinity Western runner won the conference title on Saturday in London, Ont., completing the five-km course in 17:35. The race was also the CIS nationals, and her time was good for fifth in the country.

She was also named a first-team all-Canadian.

On the men’s side, Blair Johnston led the Spartans, finishing fourth in Canada West and 13th overall with a time of 32:15 in the 10-km race. Johnston garnered a Canada West first-team all-star selection and CIS second-team all-Canadian honours.

Following Johnston on the men’s side, it was Joel De Schiffart finishing 12th in Canada West and 45th overall with a time of 33:12. With his result, De Schiffart earned Canada West rookie of the year honours and was named a Canada West second team all-star.

Also on the men’s side, the Spartans Chris Voth finished 22nd in Canada West and 86th overall with a time of 34:30, Mihai Prajea was 40th in the conference and 97th overall with a time of 34:36, and Ross Browne was 42nd in Canada West and 131st in the country with a time of 40:19. Trinity Western’s Levi Neufeld and Nathan Goodwin did not finish.

After Benson on the women’s side, Alison Jackson finished fifth in Canada West and 22nd in the CIS with a time of 18:15. Her efforts earned her a Canada West first-team all-star nod.

Following Benson and Jackson, Meg Harradine finished 29th in Canada West and 109th in the CIS with a time of 20:35, Nicole Bell was 33rd in Canada West and 116th in the CIS with a time of 21:02, Katelynn Ramage finished 37th in the conference and 122nd nationally with a time of 22:09 and Laura Merkel finished 38th in Canada West and 123rd in the CIS with a time of 24:56.

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