Volume 91, Issue 58

Tuesday, January 13, 1998

fun dipped


The price is Wright for track teams

©Geoff Robins/Gazette
WHICH WAY TO McDONALDS? I GOT A HANKERING FOR SOME FRIES. Western's Adrian Smith raced past his competition for gold in both the 60 and 4x200-metre races, before joining the injuried list with a hamstring injury.

By Geoff Robins

Gazette Staff

Western's track and field teams hosted the 15th Annual Don Wright Team Challenge on Saturday at Thompson Arena against Windsor and selected club athletes from southern Ontario.

The meet was supposed to include McGill as well, however, the ice storm in Montreal prevented an appearance by the Redmen – helping Western pull out the victory in both the men's and women's team competitions.

Although the meet was the first in the new year, both Western and Windsor showed up plagued by injuries. Western men's co-captain Roland Acheampong was sidelined with a pulled hamstring along with sprinter Jason Stern.

By the end of the day, two more Mustangs were sidelined due to hamstring problems. Triple jumper Garry Stoddard was injured in warm-up and Adrian Jordan injured his hamstring 50 metres into his leg of the 4x400-metre relay but stuck it out to help the team place second in the race.

Earlier in the day Jordan won the 60-metre in a quick 6.92 seconds and had the fastest leg in the 4x200-metre relay which Western won. Jordan was happy about the solo win but still sees room for improvement. "I'm excited about this year since the sprinting core is stronger and the group tends to push each other," he said.

Other golden victories achieved by the Mustang men came from Alex Pablo in the 600-metre and from cross-country star Guy Schultz who took the win in the 3000-metre. Coach Bob Vigars was happy with the results considering the absence of some big guns. "I was really pleased with the guys who stepped up to fill the gaps left by the injured veterans," he said.

On the women's side, the track events were dominated by club athletes. The club team took gold in six of nine races with Londoner Carri Lenz, who attends the University of Notre Dame, taking first place in the 300-metre.

In a tough battle, the Western women's team managed to hold off the club team for the title. "Overall, it was a solid meet on both the track and the field, but it was a really good stepping stone to better performances at [the provincials] and [nationals]," women's head coach Vickie Crowley said. Western's first-place finishes came from Mary-Anne Phillips in shot-put and Maisie Hahn in the 60-metre hurdles and the 4x200-metre relay team.

Windsor coach Dennis Fairall was a little disappointed McGill could not attend, since the majority of the meets which Windsor attends include only Ontario schools, "It would have been a good opportunity to see what is out there in the rest of the country."

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