Volume 92, Issue 75
Wednesday, February 10, 1999
Mustangs can't beat Irish luck
TAKING AIM AT THE MOON. The Mustang track and field team travelled south to take on some alien competition. The fourth place finish has the team now aiming at the provincial and national championships.
By Carlos Di Ponio
Western's track teams battled against some stiff National Collegiate Athletic Association competition at Notre Dame University and came away with notable results which might make even the Fighting Irish proud.
Among the more exceptional performances was Kristina Farr's gold medal time of 2:52.93 in the 1000 metre. The time was a facility and meet record and earned her the best 1000 m showing in Canada this year. Despite her achievement, Farr remained humble.
"Even though it was a solid time, it's still too early to get excited," Farr said. "Besides, I'm not a firm believer in individual standards until the [Ontario University Athletics] and CIAUs."
Farr, a fourth-year honours business administration student, saw the meet as a good indicator of the women's team's depth and mental toughness. "Our performance against NCAA schools shows that we have enough depth to advance far into the year," Farr said.
Women's coach Vickie Croley shared much of the same thoughts. "Considering that we competed against some strong American schools, it just shows that we fit right in and we definitely rise to the challenge no matter who we compete against," Croley said.
Caitlin Wright also did well, earning gold in the triple jump. The women's opponents at the meet were Notre Dame, Illinois State and a partial squad from the University of Michigan.
The men's side went up against the same opponents, as well as the dominant University of Alabama. Coach Bob Vigars said the squad went to Indiana knowing they would face worthy adversaries and the team's fourth place result all but confirmed his expectations.
"We knew going in that we were not in their league," Vigars said. "It is simply a case of them having better talent, but at the same time we did score in a lot of events."
To Western's credit, significant injuries to sprinters forced the men to rest their relay teams. Nevertheless, Western's triple jumpers were cause for excitement, as Chris Robinson continued his undefeated season with a first place jump of 14.72 m, while Jonathan Yonker finished third jumping 14.34 m.
"Chris and Jon did a great job jumping at the meet," Vigars said. "There were a lot of talented guys there, but those two guys are two big reasons why we have done so well in our field events this year."
Vigars said the men came away with positive feelings from the meet. "This is the first time we competed in track at Notre Dame and I think it was really good for the athletes and coaches on both squads to find out where we sit according to some very good American talent."
This Saturday the Mustangs look to get back to their winning ways as they face off against first tier Canadian talent at the Windsor Team Challenge.
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