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Tanguay double golden as McGill women capture Laval track meet

QUEBEC CITY – Caroline Tanguay of St. Hubert, Que., captured a pair of gold medals as the McGill University women's track and field team finished first of four schools at the Laval Invitational meet, Saturday.

It was the second consecutive meet title for the Martlets, who struck gold in four events and registered 91 points to finish ahead of Laval (73), Sherbrooke (51) and UQAC (13).

Tanguay, a physical therapy freshman, finshed atop the podium in both the high jump (1.60m) and the pole vault (3.50m).

McGill's other event winners included freshman Helena Reinfels (300m; 42.36) of Puslinch, Ont., and senior Alana Battiston (shotput, 11.20m) of Toronto, who also claimed silver in the high jump (1.55m).

On the men's side, McGill finished second overall, also winning four events. They were led by Sherbrooke native El-Hadj N'Doye, also a rookie defensive back on the football Redmen, who claimed gold in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.90 metres.

Freshman Benjamin Raymond of Laval, Que., won the 1500m (3:59.19), while sophomore Riley van Ryswyk  of Surrey, B.C., took the pole vault (4.40m).

The Redmen 4x200 relay squad also finished first in the 4x200m. The winning quartet was composed of Javier Montalvo of Closter, N.J., Tim Kong of Edmonton, Sebastien Mezeret, a native of France, and Dong Hyun-Kim of Vancouver, B.C.

Montalvo also finished second in the 600m (1:24.34).

The Laval men finished first overall with 85 points, followed by McGill (77), Sherbrooke (72) and UQAC (4).

Caroline Tanguay, GOLD: high jump (1.60m); GOLD: pole vault (3.50m)
Alana Battiston, GOLD: shotput (11.20m); SILVER: high jump (1.55m)
Helena Reinfels, GOLD: 300m (42.36)
Sarah Glen, SILVER: 60m (8.19)
Evelyn Anderson, SILVER: 600m (1:39.92)
Nicole Rollins, SILVER: pole vault (2.75m)
Danielle Tohill, SILVER: weight throw (10.41m)
Ellen Parker, BRONZE: 60m (8.29)
Caila Kucheravy, BRONZE: shotput (10.27m)
Victoria Thompson-Merrigan, BRONZE: pole vault (2.40m)
Isabel Pett, BRONZE: high jump (1.50m);

Javier Montalvo, GOLD: 4x200m (1:35.84); SILVER: 600m (1:24.34)
Benjamin Raymond, GOLD: 1500m (3:59.19)
Riley van Ryswyk, GOLD: pole vault (4.40m)
El-Hadj N'Doye, GOLD: high jump (1.90m)
Tim Kong, GOLD: 4x200m (1:35.84)
Sebastien Mezeret, GOLD: 4x200m (1:35.84)
Kim Dong Hyun, GOLD: 4x200m (1:35.84)
Scott Hancock, SILVER: triple jump (13.65m); SILVER: long jump (6.30m); BRONZE: 60m hurdles (8.84m);
Dylan Golow, SILVER: pole vault (3.40m)
Alexander Steinbrenner, BRONZE: 600m (1:26.15)
Hao Xu, BRONZE: high jump (1.85m)

Martlets track team finishes first at Sherbrooke meet

Earl Zukerkman

SHERBROOKE – Freshman Caroline Tanguay of St. Hubert, Que., won a pair of gold medals and senior Sarah McCuaig of Waterloo, Ont., claimed gold and silver as the McGill University women's track and field team finished first of six schools at the Sherbrooke Invitational meet, Saturday. They racked up 101 points, edging out the second-place Vert & Or by the slimmest of margins at 0.5 points.

On the men's side, freshman Javier Montalvo, a native of Closter, N.J., collected gold and silver medals as the Redmen finished second with 89 points, behind host Sherbrooke (109).

Tanguay won the high jump with a leap of 1.65 metres and finished atop the podium in the pole vault with a distance of 3.35m.

McCuaig, who received a prestigious Rhodes scholarship last month, won the 1500m in four minutes, 48.99 seconds. She placed second in the 1000m, clocking in at 3:00.46.

Montalvo took the 300m dash in 35.98 seconds and was second in the 600m with a time of 1:24.42.

McGill also won the women's 4x200m relay, with Australian Clare Williams in the leadoff spot, followed by Sarah Glen of Lunenburg, N.S., Ellen Parker of Halifax, N.S., and Helena Reinfels of Puslinch, Ont., combining to complete the race in 1:49.23.

Caroline Tanguay, GOLD: high jump (1.65m); GOLD: pole vault (3.35m)
Sarah McCuaig, GOLD: 1500m (4:48.99); SILVER: 1000m (3:00.46)
Clare Williams, GOLD: 4x200m (1:49.23)
Sarah Glen, GOLD: 4x200m (1:49.23)
Ellen Parker, GOLD: 4x200m (1:49.23)
Helena Reinfels, GOLD: 4x200m (1:49.23)
Alana Battiston, SILVER: 600m (1:40.22); BRONZE: weight throw (10.30m)
Evelyn Anderson, SILVER: 1500m (4:52.55)
Caila Kucheravy, BRONZE:  weight throw (10.32m)
Jessica Porfilio, BRONZE: 1500m (4:57.73)
Javier Montalvo, GOLD: 300m (35.98); SILVER: 600m (1:24.42)
Hao Xu, SILVER: high jump (1.85m); BRONZE: triple jump (12.54m)
Scott Hancock, SILVER: triple jump (12.85m); BRONZE: long jump (6.27m)
Noah Perlmutar, SILVER: 4x400m (3:36.32)
Benjamin Wyman, SILVER: 4x400m (3:36.32)
Steven Murray, SILVER: 4x400m (3:36.32)
Stephen Keefe, SILVER: 4x400m (3:36.32)

1 McGill, 101 pts.,
2 Sherbrooke, 100.5, 
3  Laval, 54.5,   
4 Montreal, 37,    
5 UQAC, 12
5 UQTR, 0

1 Sherbrooke, 109 pts., 
2 McGill, 89, 
3 Laval, 68, 
4 Montreal, 13, 
5 UQTR, 12, 
6 UQAC, 7

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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Martlets & Redmen off to Quebec for Provincial Championships

The McGill cross country teams start the championships portion of their season this coming weekend.  The Quebec Provincial Champaionships will take place Saturday on the Plains of Abraham.

The McGill Martlets are the heavy favorite coming into the meet and have not lost to another squad in the province this fall.  The Martlets are lead by a quartet of women.  Rookie Caroline Pfister has been the #1 runner for the majority of the season followed by Jessica Porfilio, Madeleine Cummings and Sarah McCuaig.  Strong runs will be need by Evelyn Anderson, Jullien Flynn and Madeleine Williams  to minimize the score and maximize the distance between the Martlets with the likes of Sherbrooke and Laval.

A year after a gutsy 3rd place finish at the provincial championships, the McGill Redman are much improved but will need a solid run in order to improve their placing.  The Rouge et Or of Laval look to be the odds on favorite, leaving McGill to fight it out with Sherbrooke for their chance to compete at the CIS championships.

The Redmen are lead by rookie Ben Raymond, who looks primed to battle it out for one of the topp 4 individual spots.  McGill will need strong runs from Michael Abrahamson, Alex Ray, Vincent Parent-Pinchette and Charles Litwin if they hope to give the Vert et Or a challenge.