Volume 94, Issue 86

Tuesday, March 6, 2001


Western whips Waterloo to end series

Hard luck on hard court - Western season comes to an end

Maybe the CFL isn't so bad after all

Sports Briefs

Sports Briefs

The number two nationally ranked Mustang women's track team has produced two number ones.

Ontario University Athletics coach of the year honours for female track were bestowed on Vickey Croley, for her efforts this year with Western's team. "I'm really honoured, especially because the award is voted on by your colleagues," Croley said, adding that she alone should not receive all of the accolades.

"I have a tremendous group of assistant coaches and of course a great team of talented athletes."

Croley said she had more success recruiting for this year's team and said there was a great combination of veterans and rookies that really made for a good environment. "In the past, I haven't expected as much from the rookies, but athletes such as [Jessica] Zelinka really went above all expectations."

Those expectations led to Zelinka receiving the OUA rookie of the year award. She won five medals in her first league championship, as well as one silver and one bronze.

"I didn't even think about it at all this season," Zelinka said, of her achievement. "It's not important to be recognized, but to be recognized is nice for any athlete."

Croley said Zelinka is so naturally gifted that she basically lets her 'do her thing' in terms of coaching. "I knew that Jess was going to be uncontested this year for the award. There was no doubt in my mind."

Zelinka said the future for Western track and field is very bright, but said the team is concentrating on the fast approaching Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic union finals.

–Wes Brown

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