Volume 91, Issue 74
Tuesday, February 10, 1998
Jumping for joy: Robinson strikes gold twice
SKIP TO MY LOU, SKIP TO MY LOU MY DARLIN'. Mustang triple-jumper Chris Robinson hopped, skipped and jumped to a first-place finish and the award for the meet's top athlete at the Windsor track and field team challenge on Friday.
By Geoff Robins
On Friday the Western men's and women's track and field teams ran to Windsor to compete in the 10th annual Windsor Team Challenge where the Mustang men continued their winning ways by capturing the team title for the first time in the history of the meet raking in seven gold medals, six silver and four bronze.
The sprinters swept the 60-metre with rookie Hubert Ling taking gold, Adrian Jordan placing second and Ben Rayfield wrapping up third. Both Ling and Rayfield set new personal bests.
The jumping crew decided to pick up the broom as well, as three Mustangs swept the triple jump event. Chris Robinson took the gold, Jonathan Yonker captured the silver and Steven Hurst won the bronze. Robinson also struck gold in the long jump and in reward of his efforts, was named male athlete of the meet.
This is the second time this season that Robinson has finished first in both the long and triple jump events the first being a month ago at the Don Wright meet at Western. Regardless, Robinson still feels he has work to do as he called his results "nothing outstanding, but pretty solid."
Making his success even more remarkable is the fact Robinson has been hampered slightly this season from a shin splint problem.
"I find that this season I've been more consistent than last year and I'm happy about that," Robinson said. "I like to win, but it's more important to improve."
The distance events also proved to be a strong suit for Western, with wins in the 600-metre and 1000-metre and by the 4x800-metre relay team. Mike Lander won the 1000-metre event, while setting both a personal best and beating the existing meet record of 2:27.66 in the process.
Mustang men's head coach Bob Vigars believes the weekend's win will give the team great momentum for the provincial championships which will be held on the first weekend of March. Windsor had dominated the conference in recent years, but Vigars believes this weekend's results could bring an end to the Lancer dynasty. "Their reign is going to be seriously challenged," he said.
On the women's side, the Mustangs captured 12 medals to place second behind the Lancers in the team standings. Even with the loss, women's coach Vickie Croley was pleased with the team's performance, since there were 11 personal best performances.
Pole vaulter Sue Thompson was one of those athletes, capturing the gold and setting a personal best and new meet record at 3.4 metres. Maisie Hahn continued her dominance in the 60-metre hurdles and competed for the first time this season, due to the absence of Kristina Farr, in the 4x400-metre relay.
"In order for us to contend for the OUA championships, some of our athletes will have to compete in events they have not competed in before," Croley said.
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