McGill medical student breaks pole vault record

McGill medical student breaks pole vault record
Feb. 19, 2010


MONTREAL - Montreal native Maxime Beaumont-Courteau, a third-year medical student at McGill, broke a school record to highlight the McGill Open II, a track and field held at Richard Tomlinson Fieldhouse, Friday. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound pole-vaulter jumped a height of 4.64 metres to finish atop the podium, qualify for the CIS championships and surpass his own school record of 4.61m, a mark he established at Sherbrooke on Feb. 23, 2007.

"It was a tremendous result for Max," said Dennis Barrett, in his 25th season as head coach at McGill. "He broke the school record in his freshman year and many people just assumed that he would surpass that mark each time out but it is not as easy as it appears. Now that Max has qualified for Nationals, the pressure will be eased somewhat and I think that he will break the record again."

The only other member of the Redmen to win an event at the competition was long jumperAndrew Archibald, a biochemistry junior from Halifax, N.S., who leaped a distance of 6.80m, which still fell shy of the CIS qualifying standard (7.10m).

On the women's side, the top two McGill performances were by Alyson McPhee of St. Margaret's Bay, N.S., and Charlene Puel, a native of Lyon, France.

McPhee, a science senior majoring in psychology, was second in the high jump with a height of 1.63 metres, just missing the CIS standard of 1.69.

Puel, a mathematics sophomore, was second in the 1000m with a time of 2:56.07. She will need to shave four seconds off that time in order to qualify for the CIS championship meet in Windsor, Ont., March 11-13.

Only three members of the Redmen have pre-qualified thus far, including the aforementioned Beaumont-Courteau, plus Canadian Olympian Hank Palmer (60m, 6.78 seconds) of Pierrefonds, Que., and slam-dunk star Justin Darlington (high jump, 2.05m) of Montreal. No member of the Martlets has officially reached the standard yet.

The last chance to qualify for Nationals will come next weekend when McGill hosts the Quebec university championships, a two-day meet scheduled for Feb. 27-28 at Tomlinson Hall. Anyone who wins gold there or meets the CIS standard will qualify for Nationals.

The only other way to qualify is if a Top 5 performance in reached but that depends upon that result remaining in the Top 5 after the league championships are held in each conference. McGill has a few athletes in that category, who stand a decent chance of remaining in the national Top 5:

Lucas Lafourcade is currently ranked fourth in the men's pentathlon and Alana Battiston is ranked fifth in the women's pentathlon. The others on the bubble include the McGill men's 4x200 relay and all three relays on the women's side (4x200, 4x400, 4x800).

The complete results are available at: Results - McGill Open 2


1. Maxime Beaumont-Courteau (pole vault, 4.64m) BROKE OWN McGILL RECORD (4.61)
1. Andrew Archibald (Long  Jump, 6.80m)
2. Unavailable (4x200 relay, 1:30.90)
2. Daniel Kramer (3000m, 8:53.07)
3. Daniel Kramer (1000m, 2:30.44)
3. Unavailable (4x400 relay, 3:26.13)
4. Ian Sandler (Triple Jump, 11.73m)
4. Cameron McIntyre (Shot Put, 10.07m)
5. Cameron McIntyre (Weight Throw, 9.46m)
5. Jean-Philippe Garant (High Jump, 1.65m)
7. Connor Bays (600m, 1:23.61)
7. Ken Douglas (1500m, 4:10.49)
8. Andrew Hamilton (60m, 7.14 seconds)
12. Lucas Lafourcade (600m, 1:29.92)
12. Eric Ellemo (300m, 36.74 seconds)

2. Charlene Puel (1000m, 2:56.07)
2. Alyson McPhee (High Jump, 1.63m)
3. Victoria Crowe (Pole Vault, 3.27m)
3. Catherine Drouin-Audet (1000m, 2:57.06)
3. Stephanie Harris (Weight Throw, 13.19m)
3. Alana Battiston (Shot Put, 10.19m)
3. Heather McCurdy (Triple Jump, 10.70m)
4. Heather McCurdy (600m, 1:41.47)
5. Majenta Whyte (Long Jump, 4.95m)
5. Alana Battiston (60m Hurdles, 9.67 seconds)
8. Sabrina Lavoie (300m, 41.31 seconds)
9. Majenta Whyte (60m, 8.24 seconds)
9. Lyndsey Pearsall (1500m, 5:13.47)
Earl Zukerman
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