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Volume 91, Issue 16
Wednesday, September 24, 1997
Schultz steals Saturday show
JUST FOLLOW MY NOSE, IT ALWAYS KNOWS. Western's Guy Schultz (no. 193) leads a pack of cross-country runners to the finish line. Schultz won the men's 10-kilometre event.
By Justin Klein
Guy Schultz showed why he was the favourite at the 23rd annual Western International cross-country meet on Saturday at Thames Valley Golf Course, overcoming an injury to win the 10-kilometre race, part of the oldest intercollegiate meet in Canada.
With a level of pressure that would destroy most, Schultz managed to painfully overcome a cramp in his side, instilling in the minds of competitors and teammates that he is still one the top runners in the country. Schultz seemed to be content with his win but his modesty was evident in the way he was concerned for the rest of the team.
"I am reasonably happy with my outcome," Schultz said. "My goal was to obtain a time of 32 minutes and I am pleased that I met this goal. I feel that the team did not meet its potential due to the absence of Tyler Coady and Chris Kennedy."
Schultz started off the race strong, running the first kilometre in three minutes, and looked to be on his way to breaking the course record of 31:37. He was neck-and-neck with Rich Tremain of the Windsor Lancers through the first three kilometres of the race. Just after the three-kilometre mark though, Tremain seemed to fade.
Even in pain, Schultz stuck it out and remained the leader. Chris Ashfield, of the Colgate Red Raiders, stepped it up as the main competitor later in the race and through the following five kilometres, the pair exchanged the lead several times but after 32 minutes, Schultz came out on top. Ashfield scored the silver medal, while Tremain faded to third.
"I had the flu for a couple of days prior to the race but I wasn't going to let that stop me from running," Schultz said. "At the three kilometre mark, I felt this sharp pain in my side when I was pushing to overcome Tremain. I knew it was going to be tough but it sure was worth it."
The Western men's team finished a modest third overall, with head coach Bob Vigars citing injuries as the main reason the team did not meet expectations.
"As a team, I cannot say that I was pleased," Vigars said. "I can say that our team has a lot of potential to be number one and if we stay healthy I think we can meet this goal."
Vigars was, however, quite pleased with Schultz's individual performance.
"Guy showed his heroics by not only overcoming his sickness to finish the race, but winning a breath-taker," he said. "Guy was feeling ill at the five-kilometre mark but his big heart and good mind helped him overcome this deficit and finish with an incredible performance."
Jason Eddy of Western finished a modest 18th and felt that the addition of Schultz will help the team's prospects.
"Guy is an outstanding person," he said. "I feel honoured to be a part of his team and to be under his great leadership. I have no doubt that he will win the Ontario and Canadian championships this year."
On the women's side, Teresa Duck of York University took the title, just a mere five seconds ahead of McGill's Tambra Dunn.
Western's women finished fifth with Kristina Farr, who placed 22nd, leading the pack. Eastern Michigan won the team competition, upsetting Guelph who are No. 2 in Canada.
Both teams are scheduled to travel to McGill this Saturday for their next round of races.
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