MONTREAL -- Distance runner Sarah Ali-Khan is among five new additions announced recently for the 2013 induction class to the McGill Sports Hall of Fame.
Born May 9, 1973 in Baie d'Urfé, Que., and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, the-5-foot-8 cross-country and track star competed for McGill between 1997 and 2003, and went on to become one of the most decorated athletes in school history. She earned Academic All-Canadian honours and made the McGill Principal's student-athlete honour roll in each of her five seasons, before graduating in 2006 with a doctorate in pharmacology and therapeutics.
Ali-Khan merited an unprecedented three consecutive Gladys Bean trophies as the McGill female athlete of the year (1999-00 to 2001-02). She earned All-Canadian honours five times in track and four times in cross-country, and was the Team MVP in both sports each season.
She competed for the Canadian national team at 2003 IAAF world cross-country championships in Lausanne, Switzerland. Over her four seasons of cross-country competition at McGill, she finished in the medal hunt 19 times in 22 races (earning 12 golds, five silver medals, two bronzes), including one silver and a bronze at four CIS national championships.
The top McGill medal winner in McGill track history, she captured a school record 65 medals in 26 meets, including 50 golds, 14 silvers and one bronze. At the CIS track championships, she won a McGill record total of 13 medals in five meets – including seven golds, five silvers and a bronze – breaking the previous mark of six medals, held by Dr. Linda Thyer between 1992 and 1995.
Ali-Khan was a three-time recipient of the CIS track athlete-of-the-year award and a two-time Quebec conference nominee for the prestigious Howard-Mackie Award (now the BLG Award), presented annually to the Canadian university athlete of the year.
Other 2013 inductees to the McGill pantheon include synchro swimming Olympic medalist twin sisters Penny and Vicky Vilagos (B.Com '86), volleyball national team memberWendy Whelan (BSc '98) and the 1982 CIS champion Redmen soccer team.
A profile of each new inductee will be featured online every Wednesday in July at www.mcgillathletics.ca
The induction luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, kicks off the University's Homecoming Week celebrations. Tickets for the event are $65 and can be reserved by contacting the McGill Alumni Association at 514-398-8288.
Submissions for future inductions can be made by obtaining a nomination brochure from Kathryn Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of previous inductees can be found online at http://www.mcgillathletics.ca/hof.aspx