Volume 93, Issue 87

Wednesday, March 15, 2000


Mustangs get wild card honours

Stars shine at York tournament

Western runs crazy at CIAU track finals

Western runs crazy at CIAU track finals

By Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

The Mustangs' track and field team took their show on the road this weekend as they travelled to compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union championships at McGill University.

The sixth place performance by the men's team was highlighted by all-Canadian Fraser Clarke, who won a silver medal in the shot put and a bronze medal with the 4x800 metre relay team – missing silver by six hundredths of a second.

The women, who placed 12th overall, were led by the bronze medal performances of Tanya Krynen in the pole vault and Emily Jansenberger in the high jump.

Western head coach Vickey Croley said she was pleased with the team's performance. "Our men couldn't have placed higher, they placed where they should have," she said, citing the strong competition from Québec and the West.

"The women's side could have been different, we couldn't place any higher than eighth," Croley added. She pointed to a drop of the baton in the 4x200 metre relay as the reason they missed a spot on the podium.

"We had a disappointing beginning to the meet and the negativity fed from one event to another," she said.

"We are losing six role models who help with development of the first year runners and team cohesion – Emily Jansenberger, Kate Saunders, Caitlin Wright, Andrea Zelinka, Val Moran and Daniel Marentette. They have had a tremendous effect on the team," Croley said, adding although the athletes' exit was lamentable, the team would definitely hold up.

On the men's side, Croley said they would be losing captain Jim Wardle and Craig McFarquhar.

Wardle said although he was disappointed with his performance in the 1,000 metres, he felt the meet was an overall success for Western. "It went fairly well, a lot of good runs and jumps for people."

Wardle, who will graduate this year, said he had not thought about the end of his running career at Western yet. "I'm glad to see the season end, it has been a good five years. All good things have to come to an end, I am not sad about it, I had some good times."

Marentette, co-captain of the women's team, said she felt Western's rookies were a surprise over the weekend. "We had some big performances, it was good to see the first-years step up and it was a good experience for them."

She added the nationals were a fitting cap to Western's season. "It was a big deal to be there and compete, it was really nice to finish off that way. It was a nice meet as a team – it was the first meet we were able to watch each other all year."

Moran, Western's other female co-captain, said this year's team was one of the best in her time at Western. "It was amazing, I couldn't ask for a better year. This is the best team I have been a part of at Western – all the girls are really close."

As for the end of her collegiate running career, Moran was philosophical. "There are so many life lessons in every practice and meet and it helps you grow into the person who you will be," she said.

Event organizer and McGill head coach Dennis Barrett said the high level of competition made the meet exciting, adding he felt it deserved television coverage. "You have TSN showing bowling and fishing, why not track? If you can't sell that, I don't know what you can sell," he said.

"A lot of events had high standards and the races were phenomenal and top notch – a lot of people were thoroughly entertained," he added.

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