Volume 95, Issue 58

Wednesday, January 16, 2002
 
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SPORTS

Golden Hawks feast on 'Stangs

Forbes forges new Western record

Women control the mats

Forbes forges new Western record

By Ryan Dixon
Gazette Staff

 

Beth Kerim/Gazette
AFTER BEING TURNED DOWN FOR THE NEXT SPACE SHUTTLE LAUNCH, SHE DECIDED TO PROPEL HERSELF AIRBORNE WITH A BIG WOODEN STICK. A Mustang pole vaulter competes at the Don Wright Classic at Thompson Arena.


The Western track and field team ran, jumped and threw their way to a strong finish at the 19th Annual Don Wright Team Challenge, held at Western's Thompson Arena this past Saturday.

The Western women were particularly strong, finishing first overall in the total points standings. One woman in particular had a banner day – Kate Forbes tossed her way into the Western record book.

"The highlight would have to be Kate Forbes, who set a [Western] record in the shot put. She threw 14.59m and broke a record that was set in 1984 and it was 14.56m," Western head coach Vickie Croley said.

Croley said Forbes' success is a by-product of hard work and the solid results were something Croley anticipated. "I really expected [Forbes] to have a great indoor season. She's really worked hard and she's just starting to tap what she can do," Croley said.

Forbes said there was a pair of reasons for her tremendous toss.

First, while many athletes were indulging in their turkey dinners over Christmas, Forbes had a hard week of training. She also said the fact that only six people completed in the shot put helped her momentum because there was no lengthy delays between throws.

Western had a plethora of top female finishers, including Ashley McNeil in the 60m hurdles. Croley said she was impressed with the performance of McNeil, an athlete who has a lot more on her plate than simply burning up the track.

"Ashley McNeil is having just an outstanding year. She's getting personal bests in every meet," Croley said.

McNeil is an academic all-Canadian who balances training and competing for the track and field team with the scholarly demands of having a double major in honours business administration and engineering.

The men's team also fared well, taking home second place behind perennial powerhouse, Windsor. Mike Miller had an exceptional day with a first place finish and a personal best in the 60m hurdles.

Croley said she was optimistic about where the men are heading as they move toward provincial and national competitions. "Our results are improving meet after meet, so we're moving in the right direction. I think second place was realistic coming in [to the meet], but we're not done," Croley said with confidence.

Men's co-captain Chris Williams echoed his coaches comments. "We will definitely be able to compete with Windsor," he said.


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