Volume 91, Issue 87

Friday, March 13, 1998

Bottoms up


Track Titan-ettes eye title

©Geoff Robins/Gazette
IS THAT CHOKING I HEAR? Mustang distance runner Kristina Farr will try to leave her opponents in the dust this weekend when she travels to the nationals in Windsor.

By Justin Klein

Gazette Staff

The women's track and field team will be looking to run away with some medals this weekend at the national championships at Windsor's St. Denis Centre.

Last weekend, Western had 10 personal-best times at the Ontario finals, capturing bronze at the meet to secure themselves a seventh-place national ranking. Highlights from the competition included a third-place finish in the 600-metre sprint by Mustang co-captain Kristina Farr and a gold medal performance in the shot-put from the unstoppable Mary Ann Phillips. Farr competed in the Ontario finals with the flu but the week off has cured her ailments. Head coach Vicki Croley hopes that Farr will be 100 per cent healthy for the meet, since history has shown that her performance at the national level always exceeds how she performs at the Ontario finals.

"Last year Kristina out-did her performance at the nationals," Croley said. "If she is healthy, I think she will be able to move up in the individuals and hopefully get the team some points in the overall standings."

Farr said this year will be quite a bit tougher and she added that in order to medal, she will have to perform her best.

"A lot of pressure has been put on me by myself and other athletes," Farr said. "The race is going to be really fast because the competition will be greater than last year. I hope I can perform well and allow the team to finish with a strong placing."

Pressure will also be on the shoulders of newly crowned OUA shot-put champion Phillips. Her coach said the good news for the No.1 ranked athlete is that her closest competition will be from Ontario competitors.

"The competition is tougher at the national level than the competition at the Ontario level," Croley said. "The good news is that the top five ranked throwers are all from Ontario, which is important since Mary Ann has already faced them and beat them."

Another star to look out for is Maisie Hahn, the top hurdler on the team. She finished first in the 60-metre hurdles, by one-hundredth of a second.

"Maisie will definitely be a challenger for the gold," Croley said. "It is in her reach and I hope that she grabs it."

Aiisha Huggins, the other captain of the team and the leader of the 4x200-metres, feels the team will definitely succeed in the individual aspect and will certainly finish above its seventh-place ranking.

"I think that we have a great chance in taking home individual medals, especially if Farr, Hahn and Phillips perform like they're capable," Huggins said. "We have a great chance in winning this competition since we always seem to pull together at championship time."

To Contact The Sports Department: gazsport@julian.uwo.ca

Copyright © The Gazette 1998