Volume 92, Issue 89
Wednesday, March 18, 1999
'Stangs track down top awards
©Photo by Ian Ross
By Ian Ross
Western's track team nearly ran off with both of the Mustangs' top honours last night at the Western Athletic Awards Banquet.
Ed Gardner, of the men's rugby team, was the only individual to intercept a sweep of the top three Western awards. Gardner and track star Adrian Jordan shared top male honours, receiving the Dr. Claude Brown Memorial Trophy. Kristina Farr, a dual athlete in track and cross country, won the F.W.P. Jones Trophy for the top female athlete of the year.
Farr was ecstatic over the recognition the track team was given. "I am so proud of everyone on the track team. We could not have been better represented," she said.
For Farr, the award was extra special considering she had entertained thoughts of retiring from competition before the school year began.
"This was an added bonus," she said. "My season panned out more then I ever expected. I guess I still had some unfinished business."
That business pushed Farr to a CIAU gold medal in the 1,000 metre, a silver in the 600 m and all-Canadian status. In addition to her success in track, Farr was named an Ontario University Athletics all-star and finished in ninth place at the CIAU cross country championships.
For the first time in four years, the male trophy was a split decision and for good reason. Jordan was a two time all-Canadian and captured two silver medals at this year's CIAU track championships. A triple Ontario University Athletics gold medal winner in 1999, Jordan carried his team as the captain and was named the team's most valuable player for his leadership and talent.
"This brings a good sense of closure to my career," Jordan said. Following the same line of thought as Farr, he praised the track team for an excellent season and wished his teammates well.
Jordan added his track dreams are not over yet. He said he plans to train through the summer and take a shot at the national team.
"Hopefully next summer you will see me running the relay in Sydney," he said, referring to the 2000 Summer Olympics to be hosted in Australia.
Sharing the spotlight with Jordan, Gardner was equally deserving. The leading scorer for the Mustang rugby team, Gardner added to a trophy case which already includes three OUA all-star awards, an OUA gold and silver medal and a Western Bronze W award. The fifth-year business student will also add a Purple Blanket Award to his collection, along with co-winner Jordan.
"I was just hoping for a Purple Blanket. I never even considered athlete-of-the-year," Gardner said. "I was shocked. I was happy. Five years of working my ass off came back in one second. It's amazing."
Other Purple Blanket Award winners were women's rugby Tamara Curtis, men's rowing Dafydd Davies, women's track Maisie Hahn, women's basketball Jennifer Haylor, waterpolo Karol Maar, women's rowing Amanda Schweinbenz, men's track and field Chris Robinson, men's cross country and track Jim Wardle and men's wrestling Scott Proctor.
"They were all excellent choices," said Darwin Semotiuk, chair of Western's intercollegiate athletics. "The selection committee had some great athletes to consider."
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