LONDON, Ont. - The Western Mustangs' track and field team continued their impressive start to the year at the Bob Vigars Season Opener at Thompson Arena on November 29th, 2014, with 23 Mustangs achieving personal bests at the meet.
Captain Robin Bone set a meet and arena record with a 4.04m height in the women's pole vault event, while Isoken Ogieva achieved CIS Automatic Standard in two events, winning both the 60mH running with a time of 8.12s and the high jump with a height of 2.03m.
The men's pentathlon was won by Anthony Dandie with 3603 points. Dandie, a Master's in Education student, is competing for Western for the first time after a successful 4 years as a Windsor Lancer. Chris Robertson, a 5th year Mustang and co-captain, finished 2nd with a personal best score of 3576. These performances would have been ranked 6th and 7th in the CIS last season.
Dandie also jumped 7.09m in the long jump within the pentathlon competition. He is one of four Mustangs over the 7m mark this season, joining Robbie Gallaugher, Riley Bell and Daniel Gayle. Each of these were impressive achievement this early in season, and all of these performances would be in last years CIS top 12.
Payam Saboni won the men's triple jump event with a personal best performance of 14.22m. This is very impressive for an event he picked up this past summer. His 14.22m distance would have ranked him 9th in the CIS last season.
Other first place notable performances include Sarah Clancy in the women's 300 meter dash with a time of 41.39s, Alysha Matthews in the women's 60-meter hurdles with a personal best time of 8.97s, Ali Baker in the women's high jump open with a height of 1.64m, Caroline Ehrhardt in the women's long jump with a distance of 5.74m, Kristen Gibson in women's triple jump at 11.40m, Brooke Hoxar in women's shot put with 13.09m, Brindley Jantzi with a personal best in the Women Weight Throw with 15.05m and Kaliegh Hole also with a personal best in the women's pentathlon with 3401 points. On the men's side, Evan Porter finished first in the men's 300 meter dash (37.51) and Robbie Gallaugher came out on top in the men's long jump (7.08m).
Next up, the Mustangs track and field program will attend the Gord Ford Warm Weather Training Camp in Clearmont, Florida December 28 - January 4.
Source: Western Mustangs
Warriors set life-time and personal bests at Bob Vigars season opener
The Waterloo Warriors had a fantastic season opener this past weekend at the Bib Vigars open at Western University. With many excellent results, the season looks promising for the young Warrior team finishing with 6 life time personal bests and 6 season bests.
The first track event was the women's 60m dash, where second year Tegan Sauer () and rookie Kelsi Darmon won their heats and cruised through the semi's easily making the finals. Excelling in the finals, Sauer won gold in a seasons best time of 7.95 while Darmon finished 4th with a personal best time of 8.06. On the men's side, rookie Ali Elkanuni with veterans Mohamed Yassin (Waterloo) and Alex Manuel (Stouffville) blazed their way to the 60m final. Yassin won silver with a time of 7.06, while Elkanuni placed 5th with 7.31 and Manuel placed 7th with 7.39. Manuel tied his personal best time of 7.28 in the semi-final earlier in the day.
Next on the track were the long sprint events. Rookie Rachel Bronzovich () had an excellent performance running her first 600m ever. Finishing 5th overall in a time of 1:42.10, she raced to a very close second in her heat. In the 300m, captain Jenny Carrique (Kitchener) made OUA standard with a time of 43.41 placing 4th. Darmon had another great race in the 200m winning gold with a time of 27.27. On the men's side, second year Samuel Martinello (Kitchener) also claimed gold in the 200m with a time of 23.21, while Mo Yassin finished in second in spite of pulling up due to a slight injury 50m from the finish.
In the men's high jump, second year David Nightingale (Kitchener) soared over the bar with a jump of 1.90m, tying his personal best and winning the silver medal. Dave has shown great improvements due to his commitment and work ethic which will pay off throughout the season. With high hopes, Dave's coaches are expecting him to fight for a spot at the CIS Championships. Jill Knight (St. Thomas) threw 12.80m in the women's weight throw which earned her a solid second place finish.
The long distance team was led by rookie Reid Hayes who won the men's 1500m clocking a great time of 4:05.98. Not far behind was fellow rookie teammate Rawle Groothuizen () running 4:08.58, which was good enough for 4th place. In the women's 1500m, rookie Olivia Scagnetto captured a 4th place finish in a time of 5:08.86.
The last track events of the day were the 4x200m and 4x400m relays. The women's 4x200m team consisting of Tegan Sauer (), Jenny Carrique (Kitchener), Naomi Lance (Kitchener) and Kelsi Darmon ran 1:45.55, an amazing time this early in the season. Veteran Naomi Lance (Kitchener) ran the fastest split (25.6s), while rookie Kelsi Darmon ran a very close second fastest split (25.7s) continuing to show her potential in her debut season. The women's 4x200m relay squad is expected to improve on their CIS ranking from the 2014 season.
The women's 4x400m team ran a great race fighting their competitors and fatigue from the long and grueling day. The team consisted of captain Jenny Carrique (Kitchener), with rookies Rachel Bronzovich (), Sabrina Marsh (), and Isabella Morgan (). Bronzovich led the team with the fastest split time of 61.9 seconds finishing with an overall time of 4:15.88. With such a young team the women are expected to drop their time immensely closer to the Championship events aiming for CIS qualification.
With a solid month of training ahead of them the Warriors look to improve their results at their next meet held January 3rd at the University of Toronto.
Source: Waterloo Warriors