McGill wins Quebec university Women's Track Championship (revised)
Feb 24, 07 Track and Field (W)
By Earl Zukerman
QUEBEC CITY - Jessica Warren of Oakville, Ont., and Deborah Lightman of Toronto, each won a pair of gold medals as McGill captured the Quebec university women's track and field championship in Quebec City, Saturday.
It was the ninth conference title in 13 years for the Martlets, who won seven of 17 events to finish first with 145 points. Sherbrooke was a distant second with 96, followed by Laval (72), UQAM (12), Montreal (8) and Concordia (5).
McGill's Dennis Barrett won women's coach-of-the-year honours for the ninth time.
On the men's side, Maxime Beaumont-Courteau broke a McGill record that had stood for 18 years but the Redmen finished second to Sherbrooke, which won the conference championship with 166 points. McGill had 79, followed by Laval (55) and Concordia (5).
Warren, a fifth-year marketing major, triumphed in the 1,500-metre race with a time of four minutes, 45.15 seconds. She also ran the leadoff leg of the winning 4x800 relay, which was clocked in 10:24.36. Other member of that relay included Sonia Jean-Philippe of Pointe Claire, Que., Nicole Koenig of Oakville, and Lightman, who ran the anchor leg.
Lightman, a 21-year-old science junior, also finished first in the 1000m with a time of 2:56.62.
Other gold medalists from McGill included Deenie Quinn (3000m, 10:49.63) of Eastfield, N.J., Esther Usborne (pole vault, 3.40m) of Calgary, Heather McCurdy (triple jump, 11.11m) of Belleville, Ont., and the 4x400 relay squad (4:06.52), composed of Stephanie Rosenthal from Calgary and Hillary Kellar-Parsons of London, Ont., plus Sabrina Lavoie and Aly McPhee, both Montreal natives.
Four members of the Redmen came away with gold-medal performances, including David Faille (300m, 35.92) of St. Hilaire, Que., Stephen Douglas (1000m, 2:32.17) of Pictou, N.S., Adrian Walton (3000m, 8:38.13) of London, Ont., and Keith Esche (high jump, 1.90m), from Lake George, N.Y.
Maxime Beaumont-Courteau, a 6-foot-1 science freshman from Montreal jumped a silver-medal winning height of 4.61 metres in the pole vault, breaking the previous McGill mark of 4.60m set by Marino Dhepaganon in 1989.
All gold medalists qualify for the 2007 CIS national championships, slated to be held at McGill's Richard Tomlinson Fieldhouse, Mar. 8-10.
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