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By Wes Brown
Western track continued their torrid pace at home this weekend in the Don Wright Invitational, with both the men's and the women's team finishing first against the University of Buffalo and McGill University.
The women finished the day ahead of McGill's 42 team points and Buffalo's 107 points with 130. The men were equally dominating, beating McGill's 49 team points and Buffalo's 99 points with 120. Those totals were made up of six gold, nine silver and four bronze medals for the women and seven gold, five silver and six bronze for the men.
Head coach Vicky Croley said although the event went well, it could have used another team to make the competition a little tighter. "It was a little disappointing, this is usually a pretty big team meet," Croley said.
Even though the competition was not strong, Croley said athletes really put on a show for the event. "Criteria from this meet goes towards two awards given out at the end of the year and as a result, we had some great performances."
Men's captain Jim Wardle won two goal medals Saturday and said he was also used to a bigger turn out at this meet. He added the team usually gets pumped for the annual event.
"Don Wright is a Western alumni who ran track here in the late '20s and early '30s. He put down an endowment so this event could be held every year," he said. "He's 91 and this is the first year he hasn't been able to make it to the competition."
Wardle noted there was another meet in Toronto which always takes place on the weekend of the 29th but because of the extra week delay for Y2K precaustions, the team had to postpone the Invitational by one week.
Women's co-captain and silver medalist Val Moran said there were a few strong showings from the other teams, however Western had a lot of season bests at the meet.
"Right now we're in the thick of the season and I think people want to keep the flow going. We've ran three weekends in a row and I think for this fourth event, people want to get right back into it."
Moran added the Don Wright meet was something the team always looked forward to, on account of its tradition. She said the team always aims for high performances.
Croley agreed with these sentiments and commented on a couple of outstanding performances by her athletes. "Fraser Clarke won shot put with a throw of 14 metres, 30 centimetres. Fraser is a first-year student who is ranked second in the country and had already thrown 14 metres, 94 centimetres earlier this season," she said.
"The women swept both the 60 metre and the high jump on Saturday. Abigail Tulluch, Val Moran and Alison Innes finished one, two, three in the 60 metres while Alison Innes, Emily Jansenberger and Jen Jessop swept in the high jump."
McGill head coach Dennis Barrett said his team did well at the meet considering they were lacking in numbers. "There was another meet going on in here in Québec at the same time so we didn't have a full team to compete with," he said.
"However, each team had their strengths and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves as a whole."