Langley, British Columbia – The Trinity Western track and field team took yet another foray into the international pool of talent with its latest signing, as Mexican pole vaulter Ivonne Zuniga (Mexicali, Baja California) officially committed to the Spartans Monday.
The 5-foot-4 athlete, who graduated from high school in 2008 from CETYS Preparatoria, has a personal best pole vault of 3.75m, which, if cleared at the 2012 Canada West Championships, would have earned her a share of second place. Most recently, Zuniga finished fourth at the Mexico 2012 Olympic Trials.

“We are becoming a very well rounded team on the women’s side,” said Spartans coach Laurier Primeau. “With the addition of Ivonne we are building our field-event presence, which will impact our standing in both Canada West and the CIS. But getting to know Ivonne as a person is even more relevant to our program and I think that by hearing what she has said about this opportunity, it’s easy to see why we think this will be such a great fit. She is academically gifted and she carries a strong faith which will benefit from the Trinity Western University ethos. We feel this is a win-win signing for our program.”

Since graduating from high school, Zuniga has spent time studying at both the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico and, during the summer of 2011, as part of an international exchange program, at the University of California, Berkley.

“I think that being in a place where you can do what you love – in my case, pole vaulting and marketing – while being surrounded by people who support you and share your love for Christ is truly amazing,” Zuniga said. “I feel that a way to honour God is becoming the best that you can be, and that it’s only possible with Him along the way. So I am coming to Trinity Western because I believe this is the place where I’ll be able to do so.”

Zuniga joins Nathan Goodwin, Nathan George, Liza Whitehead, Rebecca Marchant, Anastasia Pearse, Nick Ayin, Braedon Dolfo, James Linde, Joel De Schiffart, Levi Neufeld, Erin Kokayko, Delyth Harper, Meg Harradine and Tunji Taylor-Lewis as part of the Primeau’s announced 2012 recruiting class.

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