Mustang track ends memorably
By James Hayes
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
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.”