|Volume 92, Issue 67
Wednesday, January 27, 1999
Domination on the track and field
HURRY UP WITH THAT DAMN BATON! There was actually no rush on the part of any Mustang athlete this weekend at McGill, as they blew the competition off the track and field.
By Carlos Di Ponio
Different province, same first place finish for both the men's and women's track and field teams.
Heading to Montreal for the McGill Team Challenge, the women were led by hurdler extraordinaire, Maisie Hahn on their way to victory for the third straight year.
An Ontario gold medalist last year and co-captain of the women's squad, Hahn won her event in 8.89 seconds despite a nagging hip flexor injury which has been hounding her for the past week.
"Despite the injury, I'm pretty satisfied with the result," Hahn said. "I've been a bit cautious lately because of it, so I know there's lots of room for improvement once I get healthy again."
Hahn is a jack of all trades on the track, running the 4x200 metre, the 4x400m relays and the occasional 60m. But without question, her real passion is the hurdles where she has been virtually unbeatable in the past year.
"I love the hurdles more than any other event because anything can happen it's so unpredictable," Hahn said. "And the competition is always so close that it pushes you harder to become a better athlete."
"Maisie has been incredible this year," said women's coach Vickie Croley. "She rarely has an off-week and her performance really helps the team in the standings."
Croley added the women had a good all-around meet on the track and in the field. Notable performances included Caitlyn Wright's gold in the triple jump and a first place finish by the 4x800m relay team.
On the men's side, sprinter Jason Stern came through with a huge 60m showing, winning the event in 6.88 seconds. The 60m time was the third fastest in Western track history.
"When the competition is there, it just pushes me further," Stern said. "Plus, we probably have the best core of sprinters in Canada on this team and the friendly competition we have together in practice really helps us train effectively."
Stern also had a speedy start on the meet's record breaking 4x200m relay team which saw three Western runners establish personal bests in their individual legs, despite some injuries.
"Some key people got beat up a bit this weekend," Vigars said. "The meet was a big test for us because of the strong competition and the results were phenomenal considering the injuries."
Vigars noted his excitement over the personal best 14.90m triple jump by Chris Robinson, which was also a meet and Western record. Western's Jon Younker finished second in the event and Brad Turner's gold and Dave Collins' silver in the pole vault helped Western to an amazing 33 points in the field events to dominate the opposition at the meet.
The track teams take a week off before travelling to South Bend, Indiana for a meet at Notre Dame University to show off their mettle.
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