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Volume 91, Issue 41

Tuesday, November 11, 1997



Guy Schultz earns MVP billing with perfect season

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
DID YOU SAY FOOT LOCKER WAS HAVING A SALE? Mustang Guy Schultz [124] burned the rubber of his soles in Saturday's national cross-country finals. Schultz smoked both the competition and the existing national record.

By Janice Olynich

Gazette Staff

Blue skies and bright sunshine greeted Canada's finest intercollegiate cross-country runners on Saturday as they gathered at Thames Valley Golf Course in London to compete in the CIAU finals.

On the men's side, the 10-kilometre race was dominated from start to finish by Western's Guy Schultz. After winning all of his races this season as well as the OUA title, Schultz was named the CIAU MVP and was the favourite going into the race.

Schultz had a simple plan going into Saturday's race. "I wanted to go out fast and see how everyone else reacted and then just keep up the pace," he said.

Schultz executed his plan perfectly, running alone for much of the race and finishing with a time of 30:57 – a new course record and a personal best by 12 seconds.

When asked about the results of his final collegiate race, Schultz said, "it was a nice way to finish" and he wished that he had more seasons left to race.

While the varsity season is over for Schultz, he has another race to run Nov. 29 in Victoria, British Columbia, where he will compete for a spot to represent Canada on the national cross-country team.

In team competition, the No.1 ranked University of Victoria Vikes secured the men's title, but Western coach Bob Vigars was pleased with his team's second place finish.

"If we can't take first, then we will certainly take second," said Vigars, "We've had some injuries this year, and some of our runners couldn't run up to their potential today, but overall, we couldn't have done any better."

With their second-place finish, the Western men defeated the Windsor Lancers, a strong team that had beat them at the OUAs and throughout the season, which provided some consolation to not winning the title.

In the women's five-kilometre race, a tight pack of runners flew through the first part of the course, but as the race progressed, a strong leader emerged. Nathalie Cote, a 24-year-old political science student from the University of Ottawa, capped off a successful season with a definitive win on a tough nationals course.

"The race went pretty much as I had planned," said Cote, indicating that a win at the OWIAA championships and a national title from last year gave her confidence coming into this year's race.

Her time of 17:26 gave her a sizable 28 second lead over second-place finisher Meegan Larsen of the University of Guelph. In the women's team results, the OUA champs and No.1 ranked Guelph Gryphons placed four of their runners in the top 10 and ran away with the team title.

Western's women finished 8th, dropping down from the No. 5 ranking they held going into the race.

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