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Volume 90, Issue 78

Wednesday, February 12, 1997



Track team stumbles over Windsor

©Sean Burges/Gazette
AIN'T NO HURDLE HIGH ENOUGH. Mustang Stacey Foley flies over a hurdle in the women's 60-metre Saturday. Foley finished fifth and the women's team came in second overall.

By Brendan Howe
Gazette Staff

CIAU titans battled and the Mustang men's track team came up just short Saturday at the 9th annual Windsor Team Challenge.

A pumped-up and third-ranked Windsor squad hosted a four-team meet including the likes of the first-ranked powerhouse Sherbrooke and second-ranked Western.

A possible preview of the national championships, the meet was won by Windsor with the Mustangs a close second, 13 points out of the lead. Sherbrooke rounded out the top three with 74 points, three behind Western.

"It's great to see we can beat Sherbrooke in a four-team meet but there are 15 teams at the nationals so it will be a lot harder there," coach Bob Vigars said.

The second-place team finish knocked the men's squad off its second place ranking down to third, with Windsor taking its spot at No. 2. Sherbrooke stayed at the top of the CIAU despite coming in third.

After such a close finish to the meet the Western team is still unsure of the possibility of a national championship.

"It's hard to tell what will happen in the nationals," team captain Jon Foreman said. "Sherbrooke's team is very good, they've got a ton of talent and Windsor's quite good as well."

Although looking forward toward the nationals is tempting for the team, Vigars recognizes it must stay focused on doing well at the conference championships first. Windsor will obviously be the toughest competition with York possibly playing the role of spoiler.

Sherbrooke's coach Richard Crevier recognizes the depth in the Mustang men's squad.

"Western is strong in all of the events. They have people making standards everywhere," he said. "They have an advantage, being good in every event."

While Crevier spoke highly of the men's team he was less impressed with the women.

"The Western women's side won't be as strong as the men's," Crevier said. "They've got strong teams from both Windsor and U of T to beat."

The fourth-ranked women's squad will have some work to do just to qualify for the nationals. Toronto, Waterloo and Windsor are currently ranked above the Mustangs and will all be present at the OWIAA finals at York on Feb. 28.

"We're taking the OUs first," women's coach Vickie Croley said. "Windsor and Toronto are the top teams. They're the ones to beat at both the OUs and the CIs."

Both Western's men's and women's teams will travel to the Eastern Michigan Invitational Friday for the last meet before the conference championships.

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