Youthful runners break records at Montreal Open

Youthful runners break records at Montreal Open

Dec 08, 07 

Track and Field (M)

By Earl Zukerman

MONTREAL - Canadian Olympian Nicolas Macrozonaris of Laval, Que., highlighted the Montreal Open indoor track and field meet at McGill University's Richard Tomlinson Fieldhouse, Saturday

Macrozonaris, representing the Saint Laurent Selects track club, was clocked at 6.77 seconds in the men's 60-metre sprint. It was good enough to win the race but short of the Fieldhouse record 6.56, which he set in 2002. Teammates David Pedneault (6.89) and Jonathan Charest (6.98) finished second and third, respectively.

The competition was dominated by some impressive performances from young Quebecers.

Kimberly Hyacinthe, an 18-year-old who also trains with the Selects, won the women's 60m in 7.66. She beat out 12-year-old Clemence Paiement of the Dynamique de Laval, who set a Quebec midget record in 7.76. Marie-Isaac Saint-Jean, 17, from Perfmax Racing was third in 7.83.

Other top results included double gold medal performances by 15-year-old Annie Leblanc from the Lanaudiere Olympic club and Ariane Beaumont-Courteau, 17, from the Montreal International club.

Leblanc won the 300m (41.56) and set a provincial midget record in the 600m (1:33.75), while Beaumont-Courteau took the pole vault (3.75m) and 60m hurdles (9.25).

On the men's side, Maxime Haran of Club Corsaire Chaparal won double gold in the shot put (15.17m) and weight throw (19.49m).

McGill won three gold medals at the meet, led by Heather McCurdy, a 5-foot-11 physical education junior from of Stirling, Ont., who captured the triple jump with a leap of 10.85m.

The Martlets won the 4x200 relay in 1:49.11, with Fatihat Momoh of Montreal, Alison Cameron-Vendrig of Ottawa, Majenta Whyte-Potter-Mal of Montreal and Hilary Kellar-Parsons of London.

Momoh was also second in the 300m, completing the race in 42.24.

The meet featured a McGill record in the women's weight throw as Stephanie Harris, a biochemistry junior from Calgary, finished fourth with a toss of 13.13 metres. It broke the previous McGill mark of 13.00 set by Laura Peters in 2001.

"It was a pleasant surprise," said Dennis Barrett, in his 23rd season as head coach at McGill. "Stephanie's a hard-worker and she has benefitted from the time and effort put in with Marc Longpre, our throws coach."

Other medal winners for the Martlets were Nicole Koenig, Alana Battiston and Esther Usborne.

Koenig, a fifth-year veteran from Oakville was third in the 1500m (5:05.67). Battiston, a sophomore from Toronto, was third in the 60m hurdles (9.99) and Usborne, a senior from Calgary, was third in the pole vault (3.10).

For the Redmen, David Faille, a senior from St. Hilaire, Que., was fourth in the 60m (7.05) and ran leadoff in the winning 4x400 relay (1:30.57). The quartet included Philip Gornicki and Wesley Rehel of the McGill Olympic team, plus McGill junior David Sarfati of Toronto.

(COMPLETE RESULTS AT WWW.McGILLTRACK.COM)

SOURCE:

Earl Zukerman
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Dept. of Athletics
McGill University
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