McGill track team finishes third, wins five events at Laval meet

McGill track team finishes third, wins five events at Laval meet
Jan. 21, 2012 Track and Field

QUEBEC CITY -- The McGill track and field team finished third of five teams, in both the men's and women's divisions at the Laval Open meet in Quebec City, Saturday.

In the women's division, the Martlets won four of 16 events, including Geneviève Blanchard of Sherbrooke, Que., in the 60-metre dash (8.06 seconds), Charlène Puel of Lyon, France, in the 600m (1:35.53), Evelyn Anderson of Calgary in the 1500m (4:48.66) and Nicole Rollins of Simcoe, Ont., in the pole vault (2.90m).

Laval finished first overall with 85 points, followed by Sherbrooke (77), McGill (57) and College de Chicoutimi (30).

The Redmen came away with only one gold-medal performance, that from Ryley van Ryswyk, an engineering freshman from Surrey, B.C., who won the pole vault with a height of 4.15 metres. In fact, McGill swept all three spots atop the podium in that event as freshmen Dylan Golow of Barrie, Ont. and Nicholas Busque of Lititz, Penn., finished second and third respectively, with identical heights of 3.85m.

Laval also swept the men's side with 113 points. Sherbrooke was second with 46, followed by McGill (34) and College de Chicoutimi (20).

With four meets behind them, the McGill squad will now turn their focus on hosting the 17th annual McGill Team Challenge, a two-day affair slated for Jan. 27-28, which typically attracts varsity teams from more than 20 different schools and is billed as the largest university track and field competition in Canada.

Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Athletics & Recreation
McGill University
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