Volume 92, Issue 15

Tuesday, September 29, 1998

septuagenarian


SPORTS
 

Mustang runners shine on international stage



By John Intini
Gazette Staff

Western's Robyn Hurley came home this weekend and let the cross country world know it – finishing in third place at the Western International Cross Country Invitational.

Hurley, a London resident, transfered to Western mid-way through last year from McGill and even though she took last year off from varsity running, it was barely evident in her performance Friday. Hurley was the top Mustang finisher, recording a time of 18:50 in the 5 km event – a course personal best by 32 seconds.

"It was great to start things off here in front of a home town crowd," Hurley said. "It made it easier to run in front of a lot of faces I knew which helped me go out so hard."

With help from Hurley's performance the women, ranked sixth nationally prior to the meet, were able to win the meet for the first time since 1995.

Team captain Kristina Farr was ecstatic about the addition of Hurley, who fills the void left by graduate Anne Marie Mitchell. Farr said this year's team is definitely capable of improving on last year's eighth place national ranking.

"We needed someone like Robyn, her experience and skill add a lot to this team," Farr said. "We are more of a team this year and our depth is incredible."

Head coach Bob Vigars was also quite pleased with the performance of his men at the meet who finished in a respectable fourth in the 10 km event, behind eventual winner Windsor. Western was led by personal best performances by veterans Charles Murphy and Jim Wardle.

Vigars said the loss of CIAU champion Guy Schultz and Tyler Coady from last year's second place national finish will make the early going of this season a period of adjustment.

The Mustangs will lace up their runners again Saturday for the Chicago Lakefront Invitational.

Photo by Tom Baumgartner


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