Volume 92, Issue 88
Tuesday, March 16, 1999
Sherbrook and Windsor score track titles
©Rebecca Catching/McGill Tribune
SO WHAT DOES ARRET MEAN AGAIN? Craig McFarquhar  and the rest of the Western Mustangs made a respectable showing at the McGill hosted Canadian track and field championships. The men placed fifth, the women sixth.
By Jeremy Kuzmarov and Paul Conner
McGill Tribune Staff
Neck and neck with Western's Adrian Jordan, Sherbrooke speed-demon Alexandre Marchand kicked into high gear at the final turn of the 300 metre dash and edged his adversary to capture the victory and shatter both Canadian and CIAU records last weekend at McGill University.
Marchand's victory in the 300 m set the tone for the CIAU championships Friday, which saw the Sherbrooke Vert et Or emerge as national champions on the men's side and the University of Windsor Lancers top the women's division.
"I think I finished off strong but Marchand just finished stronger," Jordan said, whose time also broke the CIAU record and came within 1/100th of a second from the previous Canadian marker.
"Jordan ran one hell of a race, he really pushed me to my limits," added Marchand, a member of the Canadian national track team. "He took the lead at the 250 mark and forced me to turn it up a notch. He's the reason I broke the record, which feels like a great accomplishment."
The Mustangs finished fifth on the men's side and in sixth place on the women's.
Women's head coach Vicky Croley was pleased with her team's performance
"We were ranked tied for fourth going in and ended up sixth, half a point out of fourth. From a ranking perspective, we did what we were expected," Croley said. "At a track meet, sometimes when we expect athletes to perform it doesn't happen, but they all performed up to expectations."
Veteran Kristina Farr led the Mustang charge, winning the 1,000 m, taking a close second in the 600 m and running a leg in the gold medal winning 4x400 m relay.
"Farr had the meet of her life, won the 1,000 m in a personal best 2:52.59," Croley said. "It was the gutsiest performance of the meet. Her [club] coach Norm Howes says she's the toughest competitor he's coached. She ran one of the fastest times in her leg of the 4x800 m relay. The team finished fourth she felt she let her team down."
Other Western women of note were Maisie Hahn, who won the 60 m low hurdles and Caitlin Wright, who took second place in the triple jump.
On the men's side, the 4x400 m and 4x800 m teams captured the silver and bronze respectively while Jim Wardle took bronze in the 1,500 m, as did Chris Robinson in the triple jump.
Other champions over the weekend included Craig Cavanaugh of York University who toppled the CIAU record in the long jump and won the silver medal in the 60 m dash, losing the gold in a photo finish to teammate Mike Dwyer. Antoine Scholtz from Windsor was a double winner, capturing the gold in the high jump and pentathlon, while Nicolas Pauletto of Manitoba emerged triumphant in the shot put, edging McGill's Paul Drogaris and ending his collegiate career in grand style.
"I won in my first year and now to win in my last this feels tremendous," Pauletto, a five-time all-Canadian said. "It's been a great ride and a real fun weekend for all of the competitors."
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