Krynen vaults to silver
By Ryan Hickman
The Canadian Interuniversity
Sport Championships proved to be an emotional end to a Western women's
track and field team that had overachieved this year, even under the crunch
of great expectations.
On the heels of a stunning win at the Ontario University Athletics Championships
two weeks ago, Western entered the St. Denis Centre in Windsor as, not
only Ontario champs, but the defending CIS champions, so you might think
their sixth place finish at the meet was a disappointment it wasn't.
"There's no disappointment," said Western head coach Catherine
Bond-Mills, regarding her Mustangs, who finished well behind the overwhelming
champion, the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. "The entire field
this weekend stepped up and we all improved with that. There were so many
personal bests and seasonal bests."
"We knew coming in we weren't as good as last year," said fourth-year
pole vaulter Tanya Krynen. "For a lot of us it was our last meet
and we just wanted to go out strong; but it is very emotional I
can't believe it's over."
Krynen was the weekend's top performer for the lady Mustangs, with a silver
medal in the pole vault. She came into the weekend ranked second in the
country, but pulled out a personal best after being pushed by a very strong
field of jumpers.
"She jumped well at heights she hadn't seen before," Bond-Mills
said about Krynen's high-wire act over the high bar. "She had no
real competition until today and she was put on a bigger pole, which is
really hard to do in pole vault."
The future of Western's women's track and field team was showcased this
past weekend when first-year jumper Alanna Boudreau medalled in the triple
jump with bronze.
"I knew I had the potential to medal," Boudreau said, concerning
her expectations as a first-year athlete approaching the weekend. "I
had three jumps that were personal bests."
Boudreau rose to the occasion at the country's premier meet and Bond-Mills
thinks her young jumper is just starting to realize her potential.
"She's also a high jumper and long jumper," Bond-Mills said.
"She is going to be a key for us in the future."
The other medal for the Western women came from Shannon Gerrie, who garnered
a bronze in the 3,000 metre. Gerrie, who is a premier cross-country runner
during the fall for Western, also finished eighth in the 1,500m.
Other big performances came from Lindsay Whitehead, in her final meet
as high jumper, who leaped 1.70m to finish fourth. Senior captain Ashley
McNeill had a great race in the 60m hurdles, finishing just off the medal
podium at fourth place.
The women's relays, a squad the Mustangs were really counting on for some
points, came up a little short against an extremely fast field. The 4
x 800m team of Shayna Boland, Jill Gamble, Rebecca Radford and Jenn Moskal
brought home a fifth place finish, even with a two and half second improvement
on their best time of the season.
The 4 x 400m relay squad led for the majority of the race, before handing
the baton off to the consistently strong McNeill. She stretched out the
lead, but blew her engine in the last 200m, resulting in a fourth place
In the pentathlon, Western had a seventh, eighth and ninth place finish
with Shayna Aubry, Alison Cross and Dana Clifford. All three of them were
chasing down former Mustang and London native Jessica Zelinka, who broke
her own CIS pentathlon record and scooped up the co-female Athlete of
the Meet award while competing for the University of Calgary.
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