Feb. 26, 2012
TROIS-RIVIERES - McGill teammates Charlène Puel, a middle distance runner from Lyon, France, and Sarah McCuaig of Waterloo, Ont., combined for five gold medals and each received a major award at the RSEQ provincial track and field championships, a two-day meet in Trois-Rivières over the weekend.
McGill claimed five gold medals on the women's side to finish second of six teams with 86 total points behind Sherbrooke, which took home the banner with 148 points.
In the men's division, pole vaulter Nick Busque of Lititz, Penn., captured McGill lone gold medal, clearing a height of 4.30 metres. The Redmen placed third overall with 68 points, behind Laval (174) and Sherbrooke (114).
Puel, a 5-foot-2 mathematics senior, earned all-conference honours and qualified for the CIS championships by finishing first in both the 600m (1:32.69) and the 1000m (2:52.38). She also helped the 4x400 relay finish second.
In addition, Puel received the conference's performance-of the-year award (for track events) as a result of her time at the McGill Team Challenge in January, when she established a meet record in the 1,000m in 2:48.26, which currently stands as the fourth fastest time in the country this season.
McCuaig, a 22-year-old physiology junior and a Greville Smith scholarship holder, merited all-star status by winning the 1500m title in 4:42.44 and was part of the winning 4x800 relay squad that was clocked in 9:20.35. She claimed bronze in the 1000m and received the conference's student-athlete award for leadership and citizenship. In her spare time, she volunteers hours each week in the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and also serves on the Student Athletic Council at McGill.
Alexandra Morin-Boucher, a native of St. Gabriel de Brandon, Que., who starred for four seasons with the soccer Martlets before joining the track team in December, also took home a pair of gold medals in the aforementioned relays and won silver in the 300m.
She qualified for all-star status along with her 4x200 relay teammates Geneviève Blanchard of Sherbrooke, Majenta Whyte Potter-Mal of LaSalle, Que., and Kamila Rogic-McLean of New Westminster, B.C.
Rounding out the winning 4x800 was Evelyn Anderson of Calgary and Aimee Castro of Ancaster, Ont.
Each of the gold medalists will now focus on preparing for the CIS national championship meet in Winnipeg, March 9-11.