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McGill Open ushers in fast start to indoor track season

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After a solid fall of training and putting in the work, McGill Track's field event, sprinting and hurdling crews got their chance to compete at Saturday's McGill Open at Tomlinson Fieldhouse. While the varsity middle-distance and distance crews continued their post cross country racing break, the McGill Olympic Club put forth some strong showings.

The morning session saw some quality performances from the Martlets and Redmen field event crew. McGill athletes recording top 3 placings in the field events included: Helena Reinfels, 3rd long jump (5.05m); Sarang Singh, 1st triple jump (10.01m); Hao Xu, 1st triple jump (11.35m), 1st high jump (1.80m); Riley van Ryswyk, 2nd pole vault (4.00m); Rahim Noormohamed, 3rd pole vault (3.85); Calia Kucheravy, 3rd shot put (10.94m).  McGill Olympic athlete and varsity throws coach Stephanie Harris set a personal best in her first weight throw competition of the season (15.69m). 

A good start in the field carried over to the track events.  Jordon Masys and El-Hadj N'Doye both ran under 7.30 seconds in the 60m dash, both clocked a 7.28 in the prelims.  Helene Reinfels was the Martlets fastest sprinter of the day clocking a 8.30 in the dash and finishing 2nd in the 300m with a time of 42.32.
 
McGill placed three in the top six spots of the men's 300m: Alex Steinbrenner 3rd (35.70) & 5th place tiers Javier Montalvo & Steven Murray (36.05).  Duncan Cooper of McGill Olympic battled it out with Louis-Carlos Vargas  of Rive-Sud in the men's 1000m.  Vargas took the win with a solid kick down the homestretch over Cooper (2:37.97 to 2:38.62) .

Liz Mokrusa of Montreal Endurance/McGill Olympic won the women's section of the 3000m with a solo effort of 10:40.62.  While Patrice Labonté of Les Vainqueurs battled some teammates on his way to running 8:58.21 in victory.

Mathieu Sturkenboom ran an impressive 1:19.40 to set a new Quebec junior record for the 600m distance.  Sturkenboom got out fast over the first 400m (~49.6) thanks to the help of rabbit Mathieu Raymond.  The early pace hit his legs hard with 100m to go, but he was able to hold together for an impressive early season performance.  McGill's Javier Montalvo & Nathan Goldstein finished 3rd & 4th running 1:24.40 & 1:25.00.

The men's and women's 1500m races were dominated by a couple of McGill Olympic Club athletes.  After an opening 31 second lap, Charles Cooper ran alone for the duration and cruised to an easy 4:15.85 in victory.  In her first ever track race, Julie Lajeunesse ran an impressive solo effort for the win in 4:45.75. 

The McGill 4x200m relays anchored the days events with Martlet squads finishing 3rd & 4th; while the Redmen came through with a 2nd place showing.

Indoor track action returns to Tomlinson Fieldhouse on December 15th for the McGill Holiday Classic.

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