Volume 93, Issue 28

Wednesday, October 20, 1999


Western clinches first overall

Mustangs clip Gryphons' wings

Western makes some waves

Western falls to Buffalo by one

Mustangs approach tennis finals

Western falls to Buffalo by one

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

The Mustangs fought through wind and poor course conditions as they travelled to Buffalo over the weekend to compete in the Buffalo Invitational cross country meet.

Both the men's and women's team finished second in the overall rankings of the meet, unfortunately only two were competing schools.

"It ended up as a dual meet," said Western head coach Bob Vigars. "A few schools cancelled and there were only about 35 runners in each race."

The women's team lost to Buffalo by one point and were led by Teresa Duck and Robyn Hurley, who finished first and second respectively. "[Duck and Hurley] led throughout the meet. They took off and had the lead which they never relinquished," Vigars said.

Vigars pointed out the course was under construction, hurting both the men's and women's teams. "There was a 600 metre section [that was run] on the road which meant they couldn't use their racing spikes. They had to use their training shoes which have a thicker sole and are a heavier shoe."

Hurley said the course and footwear was a problem when comparing the results from this meet to others. "The course changed a lot from last year, we all wore our training shoes which made it feel not like a race," she said. "After the pavement it was a nice course. You can't judge the times from this meet at all because of the wind."

Hurley added although the meet was low key everyone on the team was happy with the results. She also said she was excited about the prospects awaiting the team at the Ontario University Athletics championships at the end of the month. "It will be the first race where we will have all of our members. We're all looking forward to it. It will be a tough course with a lot of hills."

Vigars said he thought the men's team seemed unprepared for the race. "The guys, as a team, seemed flat. It was a tough week of training but no one was down about the results."

Western's captain Jim Wardel said the shoe situation affected the team negatively. "A lot of the racers for Buffalo wore six ounce running flats, where we had to wear our training shoes. [Training shoes] are an extra pound on your feet."

Wardel added it was difficult for the team to be motivated for the race. "It was a windy and boring course, everything went wrong for us."

The team will have to get over some nagging injuries before the OUA finals, a race the team will definitely have to dig deep for, Wardle said.

Vigars added the course at the OUA championships will be a difficult route, but emphasized the team should prepare for the unknown. "It is very important to expect the unexpected and don't let it bother you."

The Mustangs have two weeks off to prepare for the OUA championships which will be held in Sudbury, at Laurentian University, Oct. 30.

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