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Mustang track ends memorably

By James Hayes
Gazette Staff

Ian Howes/Gazette
RUNNING DOWN A DREAM... THAT NEVER WOULD COME TO ME. Competitors in the 60m men’s hurdles race are neck and neck on the way to the finish. Remember kids: to be the man you’ve gotta beat the man.

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport Tournament was a satisfying finish to a strong season for Western’s track and field team.

The Mustangs competed against schools from around the country at the University of Windsor’s St. Denis Centre for the 2003-2004 CIS Championship this past weekend. Western’s men’s and women’s teams both fielded strong results, with solid individual finishes, good teamwork, performance and success in the face of adversity.

“I was very satisfied with our effort out there this weekend,” said head coach Vickie Croley. “It was a phenomenal cap to the end of the season for us.”

There were several notable results from Western competitors. In the 60 metre dash, rookie Randy McAuley placed fourth. His time of 6.90 seconds ties his personal best.
In the 300 m, standout Bob Westman placed second, clocking in at 36.29, the second-best time ever. Christian Heffernan placed sixth, finishing the final heat despite a groin injury.

“Christian displayed a lot of heart being out there and finishing the event despite the injury,” Croley said. “It was tough for him to be out there, jogging the track to finish the race through pain. He’s a great competitor, and he made Western proud.”

Another highlight was rookie high jumper Mitch Vermue, who proved that his impressive Ontario University Athletics’ jump of 2.07 metres was no fluke by clearing a jump of 2.05 m at the CIS tourney. Up to and including 2.05, Vermue cleared all his jumps on his first attempt. He took a shot at 2.08, but bowed out with a great third attempt. University of Toronto standout Mark Dillon won the event with a jump of 2.08.

Pole vaulter Jeff Edwards excelled, with a personal best of 4.65 m that placed him seventh. Mike Miller competed well, placing fourth in the 60 m hurdles with a time of 8.54 seconds. His time of 8.50 in heats is his personal best. Teammate Tumelo Moleko placed eighth as the Western men’s team placed fourth in Canada.

The women’s events were not without their share of fanfare and excellence either. Alanna Boudreau showed brilliance in the triple jump, taking the lead with her fourth jump, a personal best of 12.14 m. On her final jump, she extended her lead to 12.29 m. With one jumper remaining in the competition, the gold was hers, but Windsor’s Kim Braithwaite unexpectedly improved her best effort ever to 12.31 m and took home the gold. Boudreau finished with an admirable second-place effort. She also placed 10th in the high jump competitions.

Other women’s standouts were Marni Lee, placing fourth in the 600 m, despite never previously competing in the event. Also, Shannon Gerrie clocked a personal best time to nab fifth in the 3,000 m, and Shauna Aubry finished sixth in the pentathlon. Aubry had a well-rounded event, also placing seventh in the high jump with a jump of 1.67 m. Overall, the women’s team placed 10th in the country.

“This was a memorable season and memorable meet,” commented Croley, noting she was impressed with her squad. “It may well have been our best overall performance.”



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