Success on the national stage

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Track - high jump

Laura Barclay

Track and field star Jen Cotten led the women’s team to a third place finish overall at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championships this past weekend.

Cotten was named Female Athlete of the Meet, with three gold medals in pentathlon, long jump and the 4x400m relay with Jen Perrault, Lisa Grieve and Jen Ricks.

“I knew there were other outstanding female athletes competing and I can easily think of incidents where I did not perform up to my ability,” Cotten said. “I am very honoured and am anxious to continue to work hard and prove the committee’s decision right " after some time off.”

Head coach Vickie Croley praised Cotten.

“During the three-day meet Jen rarely had a moment to watch her teammates compete,” she said. “She was always warming up, warming down or competing herself.

“She was the perfect role model to her teammates.”

Although the women did not see gold, Cotten was pleased with the third-place finish.

“We went into the CIS championships ranked much lower than third, so despite the hopes of medaling, it is still a surprise to have actually done it,” she said.

Western’s Alicia Smith took home a silver medal for triple jump, topping off the Mustang women’s medal count at four.

The men’s team finished fifth overall, with a silver medal in high jump from Alex Witmer and a bronze in triple jump from Tumelo Moleko.

“I think the men’s team really came a long way,” Moleko said. “I didn’t have high expectations for the team because of all the injuries, but a lot of people stepped up and had solid performances coming up to CIS.

“A lot has to be said for a team finishing four spots ahead of what they were ranked.”

Croley was pleased with both teams overall.

“I was very satisfied with how our athletes performed this weekend,” she said. “I feel that both teams did as well as they could have done as a team at these championships.”

The teams will continue to train throughout the summer.

“Everyone is encouraged to continue training throughout the summer to continue building off the momentum we gained throughout this season,” Cotten said. “With the addition of some talented recruits next year, we will once again be in the CIS medal hunt.”

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