Volume 92, Issue 80

Thursday, February 18, 1999


Dean of Western women's volleyball

Farr rounding the final turn in career

Keep the Gardens spirit alive

Garth don't know baseball

Farr rounding the final turn in career

Geoff Robins/Gazette
RUNNING FARR AWAY FROM THE TRACK. When the track season ends this spring Mustang Kristina Farr will hang up her track cleats. Until then her focus is on winning some championship hardware.

By Kathy Ens

Gazette Staff

Kristina Farr is nearing the last lap of her Mustang career.

Farr, currently an honours business administration student, began her track career at 11 and her love for the sport grew while attending Uxbridge high school.

As a Mustang, her versatility has been one of her best known traits. She has not only competed in every event in track, but is also a member of the Western cross country team. She is a two-time all-Canadian in the 600 metre and is a specialist in the 1,000 m, 4x800 m and 4x400 m relay.

"Kristina has tremendous range from 300 m to 3,000 m," said head coach Vicki Croley. "She is extremely versatile on the track."

In picking a favourite event, Farr has no preference but finds there to be less pressure in relays.

"With the relays there is more time to relax," Farr said. "The team spirit doesn't happen as much as on an individual basis."

Farr has been a member of the cross country team for three years and felt the two sports make a good combination since cross country helps her train for track.

Farr, who has been the captain of the track team for the last two years, passed the torch to teammate Maisie Hahn this season.

"Kristina helps us out. She does whatever she can and whenever," Hahn said. "She comes through big all the time."

In terms of goals, Farr would like to see the women's team win the Ontario University Athletics championships.

"On a personal level I would like to place well in three events," Farr said. "I would also like to finish my last year with all Canadian status."

After many years on the track Farr said it is hard for her to imagine not running. However, once this year is over she said she plans to hang up her track shoes and move on to something new.

"Running has become a love-hate feeling," Farr said. "It becomes painful and frustrating and I want to stop but then I miss the team and I miss running."

Farr will put her final career appearances at the Western Open on Feb. 26, the OUA championships in Windsor and the CIAU finals March 12 at McGill.

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