|Volume 92, Issue 63
Wednesday, January 20, 1999
elmer the elephant
Track team runs wild in Windsor
© Geoff Robins/Gazette
By Carlos Di Ponio
If his performance at this past weekend's Windsor Can-Am Invitational is any indication, Adrian Jordan's favourite colour must be gold.
The Western's men's track co-captain captured three of the squad's seven gold medals to help the Mustangs remain unbeaten this year in three meets. The team also added two silver and three bronze medals while beating out eight other schools at the two-day meet.
Jordan, a two-time all-Canadian who is undefeated this season, captured the 60 metre event and anchored the victorious 4x200 m and 4x400 m relay teams. Western's head coach Bob Vigars referred to Jordan's anchor leg relay performances as an affirmation of his talents.
"We were behind in both relays coming down the stretch but Adrian showed amazing athleticism and mental toughness in claiming victory in the final metres of each race," Vigars said.
Jordan also played the humble superstar.
"I just try to transfer my commitment to practice into a solid result at any meet," the fourth-year sprinter said. "Also, I try to feed off of my past performances and that usually leads to success."
Equally impressive was Chris Robinson, earning gold medals in the triple jump and long jump for the second consecutive meet, despite competing with chronic shin-splints and other aches in his legs which require regular treatment.
"I still have a ways to go to get to where I want to be but I feel like I'm improving every week," Robinson said. "I try not to think about the aches and pains because I focus my thoughts at the jump at hand."
Joining Jordan and Robinson in earning golds were Alex Pablo in the 600 m and 4x400 m relay and Brad Turner in the pole vault.
Western's women's team also produced solid results at the meet although an overall team total was not calculated. Maisie Hahn took gold in the 60 m hurdles with a time of 8.96 seconds in addition to another pair of first place victories in the 4x400 m and 4x800 m relay teams. The team also earned three silver and six bronze medals.
Women's head coach Vicki Croley was quite satisfied with the team's performance.
"Our results show that we're really balanced and we have a very positive attitude right now. Our weekly improvements should carry us far into the season," she said.
The women's squad also saw great performances by two rookies first-year runner Margaret Ajayi finished second in the 300 m and Abigail Tulloch, also in her first season, took third place in the 60 m. The women's team has come to expect solid contributions by first-year players.
"The team is really proud of its rookies because of the improvements they make week in and week out," Croley said. "They are making serious contributions right now and we expect even bigger things from them as the year progresses."
Croley said the one area in which she would like to see improvements is in the shot put, where Silvia Kontra and Heather Brand finished sixth and eighth this weekend. However, various injuries have taken a toll on some team members and better results will coincide with a higher level of team health.
The Mustangs will take to the track again next week at the McGill Team Challenge.
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