Volume 94, Issue 7
From golf to track: Fall sports - A host of sports get cracking this fall at Western
By Ryan Dixon
The Season That Was: Last season the guys finished third at the OUA's, falling one shot short of second place.
Stepping it Up: The team will be deprived of co-captain Jordan Rose which will definitely hurt. The good news is they can still depend on the other half of the captaincy, Roberto Ramesar. Eric Bradley will also be counted on to come up with some strong golf this season.
Outlook: Western's golf team is always near the top, but it will depend on who returns to determine just how high this swingin' team will go. It would not be surprising for them to at least equal last year's showing, but Ottawa, Guelph and Queen's will provide stiff competition.
(men's and women's)
The Season That Was: The women had another strong season finishing second in the national championships. The men however, had a poor showing, finishing fifth at the OUA's and failing to qualify for the nationals for the first time in the 1990's.
Stepping it up: The women took a big hit losing last year's national champion Teresa Duck. They will be looking to veterans Janet Gamble and Becky Martyn to fill the vacant shoes. Rookie Shannon Garrie is also expected to assert herself well. The men also lost a top runner in Jim Wardell, but Jason Eddy is back to pick up the slack and try to get the team back on the right track.
Outlook: The women once again expect to challenge for the national title. This is a squad that is never too far from the top and should be right back there this year. The men should rebound from missing the nationals and are looking to at least medal at the OUA's. The main competition for both teams will come from the cross country powerhouse Guelph.
The Season That Was: The men served up a trip to the OUA finals last year and are hungry to get back this year.
Stepping it up: Number one player Jamie Dunnet will not be back and that will hurt the team. Knee problems have also put the status of Paul Bienkowski in question. Expected to carry the load this year are Jeff Kuchma and Ryan Hall
Outlook: This is a confident squad of competitors. They came very close to an OUA tittle last year and believe they have the team to go over the top this season. Anything less than a championship will be viewed as a failure.
(men's and women's)
The Season That Was: The men had a strong showing, finishing second at the OUA's, the women meanwhile landed in fourth spot, one and a half points out of second.
Stepping it up: Anyone who has been even passively following the London sports scene has no doubt heard of incoming track and field star Jessica Zelinka. Jessica turned down many scholarship offers from South of the border to join the Western team alongside her older sisters Andrea and Deanna. The men will be scraping the skies, as the top three pole vaulters from the Ontario Provincial High School championships last year, including champion Ryan Hudson, are all on the Western squad.
Outlook: This has been a phenomenal recruiting year for the track and field team, especially for the women. The addition of Zelinka, will be a major boost to an already strong team. Both the men and women are expected to turn in strong results this season.
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