Volume 92, Issue 86

Thursday, March 11, 1999


Unsung hero battling in trenches

Janischewski a perfect v-ball fit

Williams wants to prove he's no fluke

Western Rewind

Williams wants to prove he's no fluke

By Kathy Ens
Gazette staff

Chris Williams, a member of the Western track and field team, is long-jumping into the CIAU championships this weekend at McGill and is hoping to prove his silver medal at the Ontario finals last weekend was no fluke.

Williams, a second-year health sciences student, began his track and field career while at Bishop high school in Lennoxville, Quebec. In fact, Williams started track and field as a means of staying in shape for hockey.

Before coming to Western, he took a year off and travelled to England.

"Being away from track and field for a whole year took a toll on me. It took a while to get back into things," Williams said. "It was Vicki Croley who helped me a lot with the timing of my jumps."

Williams started the season slowly. Personal problems plagued him and resulted in not meeting team standards, but Western head coach Bob Vigars gave his young long-jumper another chance.

"In the beginning I had confidence problems, but after things came together my confidence became better in competition," Williams said.

Williams pulled off a huge upset at the Ontario University Athletics championships, finishing second with a personal best jump of 7.12 metres. Williams was seeded sixth going into the Ontario finals but beat Windsor Lancer Todd Crawford, who was ranked third.

Williams was named to the OUA all-star team based on his outstanding improvement on last year's seventh place finish.

"Chris is very focused right now. He has improved a lot this season," said fellow Mustang long-jumper Mike McLachlan. "His jump at OUAs wasn't just a lucky jump. He has been consistent around the seven metre mark for a while now."

Vigars was impressed with Williams' comeback.

"Last season Williams had a very up and down season," Vigars said.

"This season he has been very consistent."

It will be difficult for Williams to finish on top at CIAUs since the defending champion, Craig Cavanaugh of York University. had a jump of 7.62 m last year.

"I am really happy to be going to CIAUs. I am hoping to medal," Williams said. "I must stay concentrated and focused to do well in competition."

Vigars is hoping Williams can continue his consistent ways and score the Mustangs some points in his first trip to the CIAUs.

"I hope that Williams keeps his composure and is competitive," Vigars said.

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