Volume 93, Issue 14
Wednesday, September 22, 1999
Mustang's runners get bronze
©Gazette file photo
KEEP ON TRUCKING. The cross country team was motoring along, winning bronze medals in both the men's and women's fields this past weekend.
By Chad Thompson
McGill university was left embedded with hoof prints as Western's cross country team stampeded through Montreal Saturday, running away with bronze medals for both the men's and women's teams.
The women's drive for the bronze medal was led by the running of Robyn Hurley who placed second in the four kilometre run with a time of 14:16. Hurley said she was pleased with her result, although she went into the race without any expectations. "You never know what is going to happen. I went up with the leaders and I felt comfortable."
Hurley said she felt at ease with the meet's familiar surroundings. "It felt good because I used to go [to McGill] and I know the course."
Head coach Bob Vigars said Hurley was running the best she has ever run. "Robyn is looking great. She is running the best of her career, she is better now than she has ever been. She always has had talent but this year, she is healthier physically."
Vigars added he was pleased with the women's result as they were only beaten by two American schools, "It is kind of nice, we are undefeated against Canadian schools."
Hurley said she felt the team could have won the meet if their first and fourth runners were able to run. "It was a good race, but we would have probably won if we had all our runners there."
She added the true test for the Mustangs will be Friday's Western International meet. "This one will be a good indicator of the Canadian competition. It is always a popular meet with good and hard competition."
Vigars said the men's finish was also a positive result for the team. "The guy's team was able to group well, there was only 48 seconds between the second and fifth runners," he said, adding he went into the meet without having expectations for the team.
"You never know what you will run into. It was as a nice result and I am happy to see the team running well." He added the surprise of the meet was the running from the University of Sherbrooke. "They could be there at the top with Guelph at the end of the year."
Western runner Jason Eddy placed 12th in the men's race with a time of 19:12 and said he felt it was a good early season meet. "It felt pretty good. [My running] felt smooth and relaxed."
Eddy also pointed out the entire team was unable to make the trip to Quebec and said he felt the real test for the team will be this Friday's meet as they will have more competition from Ontario. "This weekend we will be against [Ontario University Athletics] and [Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union] competition."
Vigars agreed Friday's meet would be a test for the men's team. "The next two weeks will be big, this weekend is a 10 kilometre run and next week in Chicago will be an eight kilometre run."
Friday's race will be a mental grind for the runners as the length of the race will present a challenge, he added.
The Western International meet takes place at Thames Valley golf course Sept. 24 at 5 p.m..
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