Volume 92, Issue 54

Wednesday, December 9, 1998

and to all a goodnight


Track team explosive in opener

©Geoff Robins/Gazette

Gazette Staff

The Western track and field team uncorked a new season on Saturday with early indications of a vintage year.

Host to the 1999 season opener at Thompson Arena, both the men's and the women's teams walked away with comfortable victories. The women scored 106 points for the top spot, while the men collected 132 points. In total, the 'Stangs kept 13 gold medals, 11 silver and 12 bronze in London.

Co-captain Adrian Jordan set the pace for the men's team with two gold medals in the 60metre dash and the 4x200metre relay. Coming off an all-Canadian season, Jordan is confident he can excel even further this season. He proved that fact on Saturday by guessing exactly his personal best time of 6.89 seconds in the 60metre dash, two days prior to the event.

"No one knows myself better than me," Jordan said. "I know what my body can do."

Other teammates to find golden success on the day included Alex Pablo (600m sprint, 4x400m relay), Stuart McGregor (1000m race), Jason Stern (4x200m relay), Ken Poon (4x200m relay), Hubert Ling (4x200m relay), Craig McFarquhar (4x400m relay), Tony Ogini (4x400m relay), Chris Haase (4x400m relay), Luke Myers (high jump) and Jon Younker (triple jump).

Head coach Bob Vigars was pleased with the results although he was quick to mention that tough competition is on the horizon.

"I think this weekend helps us statistically," Vigars said. "We were not up against the strongest teams."

Vigars added McGill and Windsor will be the teams to beat further down the road.

For the women, the meet was a step forward after suffering a mediocre finish at last year's national championship. Emily Jansenberger, a third-year kinesiology student and high jumper, was excited with the potential which both her teammates and herself displayed.

"I was really happy," said Jansenberger, one of many Mustang gold medal winners. "We are really strong in all events with the rookies filling in the gaps. Everyone just seems in better shape than where they were last season at this point."

Other women to go home with gold medals around their neck included Margaret Ajay (300m sprint and 4x400m relay), Maisie Hahn (60m hurdle and 4x200 relay), Val Moran (4x200m relay), Abigail Tulloch (4x200m relay), Alison Innes (4x200m relay), Ashley MacNeill (4x400m relay), Andrea Zelinka (4x400m relay), Laura Amantea (4x400m relay) and Caitlin Wright (triple jump).

The goal for the women was to correct any difficulties before the heavy bulk of the season, which begins in January.

"For the field athletes we wanted to work on the technical things," Jansenberger said. "It was about working out the kinks."

The Mustangs will next compete Jan. 9, once again at home during the Don Wright Classic.

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