Volume 93, Issue 36
Wednesday, November 3, 1999
Women lengthen season to CIAU's
©John Paul Moczulski/Gazette
MY FUTURE'S SO BRIGHT... OH HECK, YOU KNOW THE REST. Jason Eddy, who finished fifth in the men's race and the rest of the cross country Mustangs ran wild this weekend at OUA championships.
By Chad Thompson
Sudbury witnessed the Mustang's running ability first hand over the weekend, as Laurentian University hosted the Ontario University Athletics cross country championships.
The women's team was able to run their way to a silver medal behind the strong performances of Teresa Duck, who finished first in the meet and set a new course record, as well as Robyn Hurley who finished fourth.
"I think we did pretty well on the women's side," said Bob Vigars, Western's head coach. "We were one point behind [the Unviersity of] Guelph [who won the championship]. The question going into the meet was, were we good enough to beat them? Unfortunately, we weren't."
Vigars said losing to Guelph was a little frustrating, but added they will meet the Gryphons again at the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union championships in two weeks.
With the win, Duck became the fifth Western women's cross country runner to win the individual OUA championship and Vigars said this accomplishment speaks highly of her as an athlete. "If you look at the four previous women who have won for us, three of them have gone on to compete internationally."
Vigars added the course in Sudbury was a difficult one. "It was the toughest course in the OUA this season and probably the toughest OUA championship course of the decade," he said. "It was a golf course with patches of grass and then tundra. It was up and down like a toilet bowl."
Hurley said the team was quite content with the way they ran. "We all ran hard and ran well. Everyone is happy with the effort that was put out," she said, adding losing to Guelph will motivate the team to beat them at the national championships.
The women's team has every opportunity to take home the gold at the CIAUs, Vigars said. "If we are going to be national champs, we have to deal with Guelph and the University of Victoria. I'd love to see us win the national championship, we're capable of doing it."
On the men's side, the Mustangs placed sixth, behind the fifth place effort of Jason Eddy and the 11th place finish of team captain Jim Wardle.
Vigars said the men's finish was the worst in 30 years. "It was the first time we finished other than third in the '90s," he said. "We just didn't have the horses to do it."
He added he was not disappointed in his team. "My heart goes out to the boys," he said. "They really worked well together in the fall."
Wardle said the team did not do as well as they had hoped. "It was a tough course and I think some of the guys were not ready to look past the course's [difficulties]."
Eddy agreed with his teammate's assessment of the course but said he enjoyed running it. "It gave lots of opportunities to do different styles of running. Normally a loop course is difficult but this one wasn't too bad."
The CIAU championships will be hosted by Royal Military College Nov. 13 at Old Fort Henry in Kingston.
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