Volume 93, Issue 61

Wednesday, January 19, 2000


Winning streak derailed by McMaster

Gryphons' offence fails to take flight

Can Am Classical for Western

Back again, slammin' hard as ever

The weekend roundup

Can Am Classical for Western

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

Even large intakes of turkey and stuffing over the holidays could not slow Western's track teams, as both the men and the women finished with impressive totals in the Windsor Can Am Classic last Saturday.

Western head coach Vicki Croley said she was pleased with the women's squad. "The women's team is very strong in comparison to other teams. We have a shot at the [Ontario University Athletics] championship."

As for the men's side, Croley said there was room for improvement and they will likely get better as the season wears on. "The men have to step up at the sprint."

With this weekend behind them, Croley said she is now looking forward to motivating her team for the meet this weekend. "Both teams need to improve on [baton exchanges] on relays. Once we're at full strength, we'll be a different team."

Men's captain Jim Wardle finished with a gold, silver and bronze medal and said it was good to have the positive results after the holiday break. "People are usually a little flat, but overall, we weren't too bad. We were fighting well in the races and mentally, we looked strong," he said.

The men's team is currently ranked first in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union, but Wardle said it's still early in the year and the rankings don't count until the end of the season.

Women's co-captain Dani Marentette said the women also had some great performances, but thought her team was flat coming off the holiday training sessions. She added next weekend's meet at McGill University has historically been a successful one for Western.

"We usually start recovering from the training and spirit-wise it's a lot of fun. We've got pom-poms and banners already made." The women are currently ranked number two in the country behind the University of Saskatchewan.

Can Am Classic convenor and Windsor head coach Dennis Fairall said the tournament was based more on individual events than team points and therefore, was an indicator of the competition.

"This meet is against OUA competition. The only two schools unable to attend were the [University of] Ottawa and Lakehead [University], so you get a real sense of who you're up against in the entire field of any given event," he said. Fairall added although the meet was a good starting point after the break, it is still early to make any definite calls about any team.

Western will be pounding the pavement on Saturday as the men and the women travel to McGill.

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