Volume 92, Issue 79
Wednesday, February 17, 1998
Everyone guns for the stampeding Mustangs
RUN, RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN. YOU CAN'T CATCH ME 'CAUSE I'M ONE OF THE UNDEFEATED MEN. The Mustang track and field team once again showed their dominance as the men took gold and the women silver on the weeekend in Windsor.
By Carlos DiPonio
Western may be the king of the Canadian track and field castle but the dirty rascals are getting mighty restless.
At the 11th Annual Windsor Team Challenge, the Mustang men held on by a shoe string to their undefeated record against Canadian university competition winning by only seven points over the hosting Windsor Lancers.
"Undefeated season or not, other schools are gunning for us and this weekend they showed how capable they are in coming after us," said Western head coach Bob Vigars.
The men won four golds, five silvers and four bronze to earn team gold while jumping sensation Chris Robinson took male athlete of the meet honours for the second straight year. Robinson won the long jump and the triple jump, where he also remains unbeaten this season.
"He's on quite a streak, that's for sure," Vigars said of the team's jumping ace. "He's just putting the essentials together talent, experience and motivation. Plus, he's jumping with real confidence and it's clearly showing."
Brad Turner, a Mustang silver medalist in the pole vault, emphasized the squad's steady toughness at the meet.
"The team's been hanging tough all year," Turner said. "We basically showed our usual consistency this weekend. I've tried to put up a consistent result every meet just like every other guy and we're really just picking it up as a team and getting it done."
The women's squad didn't enjoy the same success, as Windsor dominated the field events to take a commanding victory at home. Nonetheless, the women enjoyed some big performances.
Rookie sprinter Margaret Ajayi continued to impress, running the 60 metre, 300 m and 4x400 m relay to earn two bronzes and a silver, respectively. It was the first time Ajayi ran the 60 m but she relished the opportunity.
"I was happy to run against some really fast sprinters," said the first-year psychology student. "Fast competition really pushes me to improve my times and get the results the team needs."
Western head coach Vickie Croley has been impressed with Ajayi's development. "She's only in first year but sometimes you can't tell by the way she runs," Croley said.
"She's a real force and it's a definite advantage for our team to be able to have Margaret compete in a number of events."
The women earned three golds at the meet, with Kate Annen winning the 3,000 m, Kristina Farr the 600 m and Maisie Hahn the 60 m hurdles. With the Ontario University Athletics and CIAU championships around the corner, the women are seeking to improve in some areas while maintaining steady results in others.
The track teams will host a competition at Thompson Arena this weekend to close out the regular season. The guns go off at 3 p.m. Friday.
Copyright © The Gazette 1999