On the final day of the 2011 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Championships, hosted by Northwest Nazarene University, a pair of seniors led the way for the Simon Fraser University Clan Track & Field team. Andrew Boss (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) and Jane Channell (North Vancouver, B.C.) each won two events, with Boss earning the Male Athlete of the Meet award, while Channell’s multiple wins lifted SFU to second place overall at SFU’s first ever GNAC Indoor Championship. Junior Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, B.C.) also broke a meet record, winning the 400m. The Clan women won six of 11 finals on Saturday. The men’s team finished fifth overall.
“We don’t have near the numbers the other teams have, we had a lot of champions today, but because we don’t have the numbers we didn’t score as many points as teams who were able to have athletes finish third, fourth and fifth in some events,” said SFU head coach Brit Townsend following the meet. “This was a great performance for our team in our first ever GNAC meet, I’m incredibly proud of the team, we had some great times and performances today.”
Boss set a new meet record in the 200m, posting a time of 21.84 to break Isaac Frederick’s 2004 mark of 22.04. Boss beat Western Washington’s Alex Tilley to the line by a half second. In the 400m, Boss beat CWU’s Scott Morrison by less than four-tenths of a second, racing to the finish line in a time of 49.18.
Channell edged Western Oregon’s Madison McClung at the line in the 60m, posting a time of 7.81, and also beat McClung to the line in the 200m final, winning in a time of 25.57.