Volume 93, Issue 83
Wednesday, March 8, 2000
Second and fourth at track finals
AND PLACING FIRST IN THE INVERTED LIMBO COMPETITION... WESTERN. The Mustang track and field team also had some other stellar performances at last weekend's OUA finals.
By Wes Brown
Western's track and field season is one step away from completion after last weekend's Ontario University Athletics finals at the University of Windsor.
The men's team finished second behind Windsor's 184 points with 115 points, while the women finished fourth with 96 points behind Windsor's 154.
Head coach Vickey Croley said she thought the women would come in second going into the meet, but did not anticipate the universities of Toronto and Waterloo coming up big and stealing second and third place respectively.
"Our girls had a good meet overall Toronto and Waterloo had great meets. We did have some clutch performances by our athletes and because of their day, they qualified for [the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union finals]," she said.
Croley said the competition was extremely tight and there were only one and a half points separating second, third and fourth places. She added Western's top ranked women had mediocre meets and would be looking to bounce back at the CIAU championships.
"Usually you can get away with not having your best meet from everyone but when Waterloo and Toronto go above and beyond what you expect, that's when it's out of your control," she said. "I'm confident those athletes will perform this coming weekend they have some unfinished business to attend to."
Western 4x800 metre relay runner Andrea Zelinka said the team was not disappointed with their fourth place finish, considering each athlete did what they came to do, qualify for the CIAU championships.
"Anything can happen at OUs and you never know who's going to come out on top," she said.
On the men's side, Croley said her team had a great meet and a proper finish. She added the long jumpers and the relays were the big stories from this event.
"Mike McLachlan and Chris Williams finished one-two in the long jump with jumps of 6.89 and 6.88 respectively. Chris's jump was really great, not only because it was a personal best, but it also qualified him for [the] CIs," she said. "Also, our 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 [metre relay teams] all won silver medals in their respective races. These were really surprising, especially in the 4x200 anything can happen."
Men's captain Jim Wardle said the coaches knew who they wanted to run the relays and just waited for them to step it up. He added the relays were important for getting the team into the meet.
"[They're] more of a school versus school event rather than individuals. Most of the people on the team love running them well at least I know I do," he said. "Overall, people seem to peak well for the meet."
Windsor head coach and OUA finals co-ordinator Dennis Fairall said he was impressed his team captured both the men's and the women's titles and added he thought his team and Western's would have battled it out for the women's crown.
"Western was fourth and had some disappointing finishes. I thought they would provide us a good challenge based on their February results. Some girls on our team came up pretty big."
He added Western was a good team which should rebound in time for next weekend's CIAU finals in Montreal at McGill University. Western will be sending 15 men and 13 women to the nationals.
In other track news, Western's Tanya Krynen captured OUA rookie of the year honours yesterday.û
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