McGill's Drouin-Audet wins triple golden at QSSF championships
Mar 01, 09 Track and Field (W)
By Earl Zukerman
QUEBEC CITY - Catherine Drouin-Audet of Repentigny, Que., won three gold medals for McGill and teammate Alana Battiston of Toronto, broke a school record to highlight the Quebec university track and field championships, a two-day competition, held at the PEPS Fieldhouse in Quebec City over the weekend.
Two other McGill athletes, Miguel Mangalindon, a junior from Toronto, and senior Stéphanie Harris of Calgary, were honoured as the male and female athletes, respectively, who best combine academics with athletics and community service.
Sherbrooke took the men's title for the 11th consecutive year with 170 points, followed by Laval (99) and McGill (82). On the women's side, the Vert & Or finished atop the podium for the second straight season with 157.7, followed by McGill (124), Laval (47) and Montreal (9.5).
Drouin-Audet, a sophomore in nutrition & dietetics, was clocked in one minute, 39.75 seconds to reign as Quebec champion of the 600-metre race. The 5-foot-3, middle-distance runner also ran the lead-off leg of the winning 4x800 relay (10:18.66) and anchored the winning 4x400 (4:10.15)
Battiston, a physiology junior who was also part of the winning 4x400, racked up 3,321 points in the pentathlon, breaking the previous McGill mark of 3204 points, set by Battiston at Sherbrooke last year.
The only other McGill athletes to win individual gold were freshmen Mélanie Myrand (3000m, 10:31.16) of Pointe Claire, Que., and Dong Liu, a native of China, who took the men's 60m hurdles in 8.78 seconds.
Other members of McGill's winning relays included Alison Cameron-Vendrig of Ottawa and Hilary Kellar-Parsons of London, Ont., on the 4x400, plus Brittany Therrien of Victoria, B.C., Anne Ruggirello of Glenview, Illinois and Heather McCurdy of Belleville, Ont., on the 4x800.
Sherbrooke walked away with nine of 12 major awards, including Pierre Puvjalon and Pascal Delisle, who were named as the male and female athletes of the meet, respectively.
The indoor season culminates with the CIS national championships, slated to be held at the University of Windsor, March 12-14.
2009 QSSF TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Feb. 28 to March 1 at PEPS Fieldhouse, Quebec City) QSSF MAJOR AWARD WINNERS: ATHLETE OF THE MEET (W): Pascale Delisle, Sherbrooke ATHLETE OF THE MEET (M): Pierre Puyjalon, Sherbrooke ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (W): Marie-Ève Dugas, Sherbrooke ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (M): Ben Youssef Meité, Sherbrooke ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (W): Annie Larose, Sherbrooke ROOKIE OF THE YEAR (M): Harold Vulgaire, Sherbrooke FIELD PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR (W): Annie Larose, Sherbrooke (18.18m, weight throw) FIELD PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR (M): David Foley, Sherbrooke (5.15m, pole vault) TRACK PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR (W): Geneviève Thibault, Laval TRACK PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR (M): Ben Youssef Meité, Sherbrooke ACADEMICS, ATHLETICS & CITIZENSHIP AWARD (W): Stéphanie Harris, McGill ACADEMICS, ATHLETICS & CITIZENSHIP AWARD (M): Miguel Mangalindon, McGill McGILL MEDAL WINNERS WOMEN: GOLD (5): 600m Catherine Drouin-Audet, 88, 1:39.75 3000m Mélanie Myrand, 85, 10:31.16 4x400m (Alison Cameron-Vendrig, Hilary Kellar-Parsons, Alana Battiston, Catherine Drouin-Audet), 4:10.15 4x800m (Catherine Drouin-Audet, Brittany Therrien, Anne Ruggirello, Heather McCurdy), 10:18.66 Pentathlon Alana Battiston, 3321 pts* *(broke McGill record of 3204 points, set by Battiston at Sherbrooke, Feb. 24, 2008) SILVER (7): 600m Hilary Kellar-Parsons, 88, 1:41.32 1500m Christina Lobasso, 85, 4:57.86 3000m Margaux Pontoreau-Bazinet, 90, 10:37.44 60m Hurdles Zaria Stoffman, 88, 9.42 High Jump Zaria Stoffman, 88, 1.66m Pole Vault Mélinda-Megan Rock, 89, 3.15m Weight Throw Stephanie Harris, 87, 13.27m BRONZE (7): 300m Kate Elmore, 87, 42.44 600m Heather McCurdy, 86, 1:42.05 1500m Mélanie Myrand, 85, 4:57.87 3000m Christina Lobasso, 85, 10:57.66 4x200m (Majenta Whyte, Kate Elmore, Alison Cameron-Vendrig, Hilary Kellar-Parsons), 1:47.96 Triple Jump Kate Elmore, 87, 10.68m Weight Throw Mélinda-Megan Rock, 87, 12.81m ================================================ 2009 QSSF TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS (Feb. 28 to March 1 at PEPS Fieldhouse, Quebec City) McGILL MEDAL WINNERS MEN: GOLD (1): 60m Hurdles Dong Liu, 86, 8.78 SILVER (4): 60m David Faille, 84, 7.01 300m David Faille, 84, 36.13 4x200m (David Faille, Miguel Mangalindan, Andrew Archibald, Aaron White), 1:33.00 High Jump, Aurian de Villiers, 90, 1.86 BRONZE (7): 1000m Ken Douglas, 88, 2:36.37 60m Hurdles Lucas Lafourcade, 90, 8.93 4x400m (David Faille, Andrew Archibald, Lucas Lafourcade, Aaron White), 3:23.94 4x800m (Ken Douglas, Iain MacDonald, Alexander Duhault, Daniel Kramer), 9:08.61 Long Jump, Lucas Lafourcade, 90, 6.69 Triple Jump, Joseph Ricci, 86, 11.63 Shot Put, David Faille, 84, 9.91
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