Volume 92, Issue 85
Wednesday, March 10, 1999
Championships have silver lining
By Carlos Di Ponio
When the dust settled on the track this weekend, the Mustang horses were left behind by a brigade of medal ransacking Windsor Lancers.
The biggest surprise at the Ontario University Athletics track and field championships, held at the University of Windsor, was the end of the men's undefeated streak against Canadian schools this season. Windsor took the Ontario title by an impressive 47 points over the second place Mustangs.
Sprinter and co-captain Adrian Jordan still fared well, as the only male to win three golds and a silver at the meet. Jordan helped the men to a gold three-peat in the relays for the second year in a row and is in strong contention for OUA most valuable player honours for the second straight year.
"I'm really pleased with my times and the acknowledgement as a potential MVP," Jordan said. "But I won't let it go to my head because I need to focus on CIAUs next week."
Jordan defended his OUA 300 metre title and anchored the 4x200 m and 4x400 m relay teams to gold. Head coach Bob Vigars was amazed at Jordan's firepower.
"AJ had a heck of a meet and he was just so strong and focused," Vigars said. "He took the baton in his 4x200 anchor leg eight metres behind and somehow ended up winning at the finish. It was a phenomenal display of speed."
Other notables included Western's Jonathan Yonker's gold in the triple jump. Yonker beat out his previously undefeated teammate Chris Robinson who took silver. Also, Chris Williams took silver in the long jump.
Vigars was humble over the undefeated streak coming to an end. "We dominated in some areas but you really have to tip your hat to Windsor, they were awesome."
On the women's side, it was deja vu as Windsor and Western finished one and two respectively. Though Windsor dominated the field events, the Mustang women stunningly took the 4x200 m, 4x400 m and 4x800 m relay golds.
"The relays were a fantastic surprise," said coach Vickie Croley. "They helped us dominate the track events and I know the team was proud of the results."
Two-time all-Canadian Kristina Farr was outstanding for the women, winning her first three track gold medals ever in the 1000 m and the two shorter relays. Equally impressive was Maisie Hahn's 60 m hurdles gold which protected her No. 1 ranking in Canada.
"Our team reached many of the goals we set coming in," Farr said. "We came up big this week and we're looking to do the same at the CIAUs next week."
Rookie Margaret Ajayi won a gold in the 4x200 m relay and a silver in the 300 m, while bronzes were earned by Becky Martyn in the 1500 m and Heather Brand in the shot put.
Next week the Mustangs finish out their track season with a trip to the CIAU championships at McGill.
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