McGill wins 8 gold medals at track championships

McGill wins 8 gold medals at track championships

Feb 24, 08 
Track and Field (W)
By Earl Zukerman

SHERBROOKE, Que. - Montrealer David Sarfati paced the McGill Redmen with a pair of gold medals, a silver and a bronze at the Quebec university track and field championships in Sherbrooke over the weekend.

McGill athletes grabbed eight gold medals and sprinted to a second-place finish, in both the men's and women's categories.

Sarfati, a 21-year-old science junior, won the glamorous 60-metre sprint in seven seconds flat and was clocked at 35.93 en route to winning the 300m. He also ran leadoff on both, the 4x400 and 4x800 relays, which came away with silver and bronze medals, respectively.

The two-day event wrapped up Sunday, with the host team sweeping both titles. The Sherbrooke Vert & Or racked up 152 points in the men's division, finishing ahead of McGill (81) and Laval (66). On the women's side, Sherbrooke had 144 to edge out McGill (135) and Laval (68).

Keith Esch of Lake George, N.Y., also struck gold for the Redmen. A 6-foot-7 junior who is majoring in international development studies, Esch was first in the triple jump with a leap of 12.90m.

The Martlets captured gold medals in five events. Among those winners were a pair of Belleville natives, Heather McCurdy (triple jump, 11.04) and Lauren Whyte (3000m).

The others included Esther Usborne (pole vault, 3.35) of Calgary, Deborah Lightman (1500m, 4:55.34) of Toronto, and the 4x400 relay squad (4:00.79), which was composed of Fatihat Momoh of Montreal, Alana Battiston of Toronto, Hilary Kellar-Parsons of London and Catherine Drouin-Audet of Repentigny, Que.

Each gold medallist automatically earned QSSF all-conference status. The only McGill team record to tumble occurred in the women's indoor pentathlon. Battiston scored 3,204 points to finish third and break the previous Martlet mark of 3,160 set by Veronique foley in 2003.

Patricia Muddiman, a distance runner from Sarnia, Ont., who won two silvers and a bronze, came away with the Quebec conference's citizenship award. The 20-year-old science sophomore becomes a finalist for the CIS award in the same category, to be presented at the upcoming CIS championships, slated to be hosted by McGill University at Tomlinson Fieldhouse, March 6-8.

2008 QSSF TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS:

WOMEN'S FINAL STANDINGS:
1. Sherbrooke, 144
2. McGill, 135
3. Laval, 68

MEN'S FINAL STANDINGS:
1. Sherbrooke, 152
2. McGill, 81
3. Laval, 66

Complete Results

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MAJOR AWARDS
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PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR IN TRACK EVENTS:
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WOMEN:
Marie-Ève Dugas, Sherbrooke
(top-ranked times across the CIS in both 60m and 60m hurdles)

MEN:
Alex Genest, Sherbrooke
(Quebec university record and top-ranked CIS result in 3000m)

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR IN FIELD EVENTS:
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WOMEN:
Caroline Sow, Laval
(15.69m in weight throw, 5th best CIS performance of the season)

MEN:
David Foley, Sherbrooke
(5.10m in pole vault; 2nd best CIS performance of the season)

ROOKIES OF THE YEAR:
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WOMEN:
Mylène Brosseau, Sherbrooke
(gold medal, pentathlon, QSSF championship meet)

MEN:
Tommy Lecours, Laval
(4 medals at QSSF championship meet)

CITIZENSHIP AWARD:
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Patricia Muddiman, McGill

ATHLETES OF THE MEET:
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WOMEN:
Marie-Ève Dugas, Sherbrooke
(3 gold medals at QSSF championship meet)

MEN:
Tommy Lecours, Laval
(4 medals at QSSF championship meet)

ATHLETES OF THE YEAR:
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WOMEN:
Marie-Ève Dugas, Sherbrooke
(top-ranked times across the CIS in both 60m and 60m hurdles)

MEN:
Alex Genest du Vert & Or de l'Université de Sherbrooke
(top-ranked times across the CIS in both 1500m and 3000m)

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McGILL MEDALLISTS
(@ QSSF CHAMPIONSHIPS)
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MARTLETS:

GOLD: Heather McCurdy (Triple Jump, 11.04)
GOLD: Esther Usborne (Pole Vault, 3.35)
GOLD: Deborah Lightman (1500m, 4:55.34)
GOLD: Lauren Whyte (3000m, 10:35.92)
GOLD: (4x400m, 4:00.79)
	Fatihat Momoh, Alana Battiston, Hilary Kellar-Parsons, Catherine Drouin-Audet 
SILVER: Victoria Crowe (Pole Vault, 3.25)
SILVER: Kate Elmore (Triple Jump, 10.39)
SILVER: Melinda-Megan Rock (Weight Throw, 13.20)
SILVER: Catherine Drouin-Audet (600m, 1:37.83)
SILVER: Patricia Muddiman (1000m, 2:58.95)
SILVER: Lauren Whyte (1500m, 5:03.01)
SILVER: Zaria Stoffman (High Jump, 1.58)
SILVER: (4x200m, 1:46.21)
	Fatihat Momoh, Alison Cameron-Vendrig, Kate Elmore, Hilary Kellar-Parsons 
SILVER: (4x800m, 9:31.05)
	Catherine Drouin-Audet, Heather McCurdy, Deborah Lightman, Patricia Muddiman 
BRONZE: Heather McCurdy (600m, 1:40.20)
BRONZE: Deborah Lightman (1000m, 3:03.41)
BRONZE: Arielle Beatty (1500m, 5:09.18)
BRONZE: Christina Lo Basso (3000m, 10:59.00)
BRONZE: Aly McPhee (High Jump, 1.55)
BRONZE: Stephanie Harris (Weight Throw, 13.04)
*BRONZE: Alana Battiston (Pentathlon, 3204 pts)

*(broke McGill record of 3160 pts set by Veronique Foley in 2003)

REDMEN:

GOLD: David Sarfati (60m, 7.00)
GOLD: David Sarfati (300m, 35.93)
GOLD: Keith Esch (Triple Jump, 12.90)
SILVER: Anthony Orth (1500m, 4:01.26)
SILVER: Paul Reinlein (Weight Throw, 9.01)
SILVER: Raj Fernando (Pentathlon, 1844 pts)
SILVER: (4x400m, 3:28.00)
	David Sarfati, Andrew Roberts, Stephen Douglas, Blair Bateson 
SILVER: (4x800m, 8:42.34)
	Andrew Roberts, Anthony Orth, Sebastien Flynn, Stephen Douglas, 
BRONZE: Brendan Rehel (60m, 7.08)
BRONZE: James Young (3000m, 8:44.49)
BRONZE: (4x200m, 2:14.82)
	David Sarfati, Blair Bateson, Miguel Mangalindon, Brendan Rehel 
SOURCE:
Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Dept. of Athletics
McGill University
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Montreal, QC H2W 1S4
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