Volume 94, Issue 68

Wednesday, January 24, 2001


SPORTS

Lancers get new life

Mustangs riding high

Track team hauls home hardware

Women wrestlers rock Guelph

Weekend Roundup

Track team hauls home hardware

By Ryan Dixon
Gazette Staff

In the world of sports there are winners and losers – unless you don't keep score.

The Western track and field team travelled to Windsor to take on other schools of the Ontario University Athletics in a non-scored event. Although no team points were accumulated, the Mustangs walked away big winners.

The lady Mustangs brought home an impressive 14 medals, including five gold. The men tallied 16 medals with four first place finishes.

Western head coach, Vickie Croley, said the team is on track at this point, displaying both top end and supplementary talent.

"We are showing real depth in all events. We're finishing two athletes in the top eight in pretty much every event. You also need athletes that will win events and we're getting that – it's very important to have," Croley said.

Croley went on the say the women specifically are performing top to bottom. "On the women's side it's not like we're getting results in one, two or even three events, we're strong in all of them."

The men are not slouching either. Croley said she was thrilled with the performance of the male Mustangs, especially in the 60 metre sprint.

"They were outstanding. We finished one, two in the 60, against runners that could very well form the OUA final. The only person absent was actually our top runner. Of course I'd love to see that result at OUAs," she said.

The first and second place finishers Croley was referring to were Tommy Adamson and Hubert Ling. The only double gold winner for the Mustangs was Kate Annen who ran away with the 1500m and 3000m races.

"I thought I had a strong day," Annen said. "I had a personal best in the 1500m and I'm running faster than I was last year, so that's good. I ran a better race [than previous events]. I was prepared mentally."

Men's co-captain, Chris Williams, said he was very happy with the results of the meet, stating the team is poised for great things.

"It was an excellent meet, everyone performed very, very well. Both the men and women were superb. I think we're ready to take OUAs," he said.

If the Mustangs are to become provincial champions down the road, then it will be due in large part to the performance of the experienced member of the team.

"Our veterans have been just outstanding, this is the furthest they have been along this early in the season," Croley said.

Williams added the role of an older team member like himself is not just to get points, but to bring along the younger athletes.

"The vets are doing a great job of leading, not only by winning, but in terms of guiding some of the younger athletes, which is very important. Many of these rookies already have the fire for competing for Western," he said.

The fire will have to burn this weekend when a partial Mustang squad travels to Finley, Ohio for their next meet.


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