Mar 13, 06 Track and Field (W)
By Earl Zukerman & Michel Belanger
SASKATOON - McGill came away with a hard-fought gold medal at the CIS track and field championships in Saskatoon, Saturday.
The Redmen captured the 4x400-metre relay in a photo finish, winning the event in three minutes, 21.65 seconds. Like Panasonic, the worldwide electronics giant, McGill was slightly ahead of their time. They beat out rival Sherbrooke by 0.10 seconds. Calgary finished third in 3:21.91.
The winning quartet was composed of four sophomores, including David Faille from St. Hilaire, Que., in the leadoff spot, followed by Blair Bateson of Calgary, Brendan Rehel of Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., and anchor Aaron White of Trenton, Ont.
The Redmen finished tied for 10th and the Martlets tied for 15th of 17 teams overall.
The University of Windsor Lancers swept both CIS team banners for the first time since the 1992-93 season, one year after the feat was accomplished by the Saskatchewan Huskies, hosts of this weekend's meet. Saskatchewan finished fourth in both title races this time around.
Windsor scored 59 points on the women's side to finish ahead of the Toronto Varsity Blues (49) and the Calgary Dinos (45). In men's competition, the Lancers were crowned with a 50-point tally, with the Sherbrooke Vert & Or (45) and the Alberta Golden Bears (40) rounding out the podium.
Windsor's Christiano Mauricio of Leamington, Ont. and Toronto's Megan Brown of Weston, Ont. were named top male and female athletes of the championships, respectively.
Mauricio claimed the George Gemer Award for his gold-medal wins in the 1500- and 3000-metre races. The fourth-year middle-distance runner completes a fantastic 2005-06 varsity season that saw him claim his second consecutive CIS athlete of the year award in cross country this fall.
Brown, in her second season with the Varsity Blues, captured three gold medals, winning the 1000m and 1500m, and contributing to a first-place finish in the 4x800m relay.
Coach-of-the-year honours went to Windsor's Dennis Fairall, who received the Bob Boucher Award for his work with male athletes for the fourth time, and Toronto's Carl Georgevski, now a three-time recipient of the Sue Wise Award for best women's coach.
The only CIS meet record to be set this weekend came on Saturday night in the men's 4x200m relay. The Sherbrooke foursome of Ibrahim Meite, Emmanuel Montreuil-Jean-Pois, Desire Jean-Marie Irie, and Ben Youssef Meite crossed the finish line in 1:26.18, breaking the 22-year-old mark of 1:26.35 established by York way back in 1984.
Below is a recap of the third and final day of competition (final team standings included at the bottom).
Championship web site (complete results): www.cisport.ca/e/championships/track/2006
600mSixth-ranked Holly Ratzlaff of Calgary had a season best of 1:31.79 to win the gold. Eighth-ranked Carrah Bouma of Alberta also had a season best of 1:32.81 for the silver. Third-ranked Renee Kaylor of Calgary beat her former season best by one-tenth of a second for the bronze. Saskatchewan's Amber Mosewich, who was ranked No. 2, and Windsor's Madeleine Woods, who was ranked No. 1, finished fifth and sixth, respectively.60mFifth-ranked Marie-Andree Leblanc of Sherbrooke had a season best of 7:57 for the gold. Second-ranked Marie-Eve Dugas of Quebec at Montreal maintained her second place ranking and season best of 7:67 of the silver. Ranked at number one, Montreal's Martine Cloutier-Leblanc won bronze for the second straight year with a time of 7.69. Third-ranked Leanne Huck of Dalhousie finished in fourth place.HIGH JUMPToronto's Sarah Boyle and Guelph's Michelle Moody swapped spots, both jumping 1.74m, but with Boyle's second jump higher she won the gold. Sixth-ranked Melissa Clifford of Toronto won the bronze with a season best jump of 1.71m. Third-ranked Brae-Anne McArthur of Guelph, also jumped 1.71m, but had a lower second jump and finished fourth.4x200m RELAYAlberta and Windsor took the No. 1 and No. 2 spots as ranked, with both having season bests. Eighth-ranked Manitoba won the bronze, beating their season best by more than two seconds.TRIPLE JUMPRanked at number three and last year's bronze medalist, Alanna Boudreau of Western won the gold tying her season best with a jump of 12.01m. Fifth-ranked Tricia Palmer won the silver with a jump of 11.91m. Ranked at number one and last year's silver medalist, Kelley Park won the bronze with a jump of 11.87m.1500mThe 1500m went as ranked. Winning her third gold medal of the Championship, Toronto's Megan Brown was crowned champion running with a time of 4:26.35. Her teammate Beth Wightman won the silver with a season best of 4:29.96 and CIS Outstanding Track Event Performer of the Season Jaqueline Malette of Windsor won the bronze with a season best of 4:30.84.4x400m RELAYSecond-ranked Alberta won the gold with a season best of 3:51.45. Fifth-ranked Queen's also had a season best, of 3:52.59, to win the silver. No. 3 Calgary maintained their ranking with a time of 3:53.01.
600mCIS Rookie of the Year Geoff Harris of Dalhousie won the gold with a season best of 1:19.27. Fourth-ranked Brian Roppelt of Alberta also ran a season best of 1:19.73 to win the silver. Third-ranked Steve Morin of Sherbrooke maintained his ranking with a time of 1:19.98.60mThird-ranked Ibrahim Meite of Sherbrooke had a season best of 6.75. No. 1 ranked Neville Wright of Alberta finished with a silver medal, running with a time of 6.77. Second-ranked Anthony Garber of York won the bronze with a time of 6.81.TRIPLE JUMPRanked at number one and last year's CIS champion, Marlon Nangle of York won the gold once again with a jump of 15.07m. Fourth-ranked Bill Woods, who won a CIS bronze medal last year, of Queen's stepped it up for a season best of 14.55m for the silver, while second-ranked Darl Edwards of Windsor jumped 14.53m for the bronze. Third-ranked Jason Moss finished fifth.4x200m RELAYThe only record to be set at this year's Championship was in the men's 4x200m relay. Sherbrooke won the gold, setting a new CIS record with a time of 1:26.18. Third-ranked Western won the silver with a season best of 1:28.33, while second-ranked Alberta finished with the bronze with a time of 1:29.17.SHOT PUTWindsor's Brian Jones and Alberta's Matt Doherty swapped rankings in the shot put. Jones, who was last year's silver medalist, won the gold with a throw of 16.49m. Doherty, CIS Outstanding Field Event Performer of the Season, won the silver with a throw of 15.83m. Sixth-ranked Jonathan Doucette of Dalhousie threw a season best of 15.54m for the bronze.POLE VAULTThree-time Canada West Champion Rob Hanson of Saskatchewan won his first medal at the CIS national championship, being crowned champion of the pole vault. Canada West Champion and Rookie of the Year Taylor Petrucha of Saskatchewan had a huge personal best of 5.00m to win the silver. No. 1 ranked Jason Wurster of Toronto jumped 4.75m to win the bronze.1500mSecond-ranked Cristiano Mauricio of Windsor with a time of 3:52.58. Fourth-ranked Braden Novakowski of Queen's won the silver with a time of 3:53.04. No. 3 Scott Arnald of Waterloo maintained his ranking with a time of 3:53.49.4x400m RELAYA fight to the end, it was McGill that came out on top, Sherbrooke second and Calgary third in the final event of the Championship.
FINAL TEAM STANDINGS
Women1 Windsor 59 points
2 Toronto 49
3 Calgary 45
4 Saskatchewan 43
5 Alberta 39
6 Western Ontario 38
7 Guelph 18
8 Manitoba 15
9 UQAM 12
10 Sherbrooke 11
11 Regina 10
12 Montreal 9
13 StFX 7
14 Victoria 6
T15 McGill 5
T15 Queen's 5
17 Dalhousie 3
Men1 Windsor 50 points
2 Sherbrooke 45
3 Alberta 40
T4 Toronto 28
T4 Saskatchewan 28
T6 Dalhousie 23
T6 Western Ontario 23
8 Guelph GUEL 20
9 Manitoba 16
T10 York 15
T10 Waterloo 15
T10 McGill 15
T13 Regina 14
T13 Calgary 14
15 Queen's 13
16 Lethbridge 8
17 Victoria 7
Female Athlete of the Meet: Megan Brown, University of Toronto
Male Athlete of the Meet (George Gemer Award): Cristiano Mauricio, Windsor
Women's Coach of the Year (Sue Wise Award): Carl Georgevski, Toronto
Men's Coach of the Year (Bob Boucher Award): Dennis Fairall, Windsor