2007 CIS track & field preview

2007 CIS track & field preview

MONTREAL - Some 404 athletes from 24 universities are expected in Montreal this week for the 2007 CIS indoor track and field national championships, to be hosted by McGill University, March 8-10.

The event kicks-off Thursday at 10:45 a.m. with a CIS press conference brunch to announce major award winners at the Holiday Inn - Midtown (Diplomate Room), 420 Sherbrooke Street W., followed by the pentathlon competition, which begins at 2 p.m. EDT at McGill's Richard Tomlinson Fieldhouse, 475 Pine Avenue W.

Complete schedules and results will be available online at either:www.cisport.ca/e/championships/track/2007 or www.athletics.mcgill.ca

Thursday's showcase event will be the 60-metre sprint, with heats slated for 7:30 p.m., followed by the finals at 8:30 p.m. Friday's competition begins at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to end by 9:30 p.m. The three-day meet will wrap-up on Saturday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The Windsor Lancers are vying to defend both their men's and women's national team titles captured at the 2006 CIS meet in Saskatoon. It marked the third time in history, that they had swept both titles. The only other schools to claim double gold at the nationals are Saskatchewan in 2004-05 and York in 1983-84.

Windsor enters the championships ranked first in the nation on the men's side and second behind the Calgary Dinos on the women's side after claiming both OUA banners. Other 2006-07 conference team champions include Dalhousie (men and women) from the AUS, Sherbrooke (men) and McGill (women) from the QSSF, and Saskatchewan (men) and Calgary (women) from Canada West.

The women's team championship trophy, donated by the University of Windsor in 1993, has been won by only four different CIS institutions, with Windsor capturing six national championships, followed by Saskatchewan (5), Toronto (2) and Western (1).

The men's trophy, donated by Saskatchewan in 1993, has been held by only five schools. Sherbrooke and Windsor have each won four national titles, followed by Manitoba (3), Saskatchewan (2) and Alberta (1).

The host team from McGill has qualified 23 athletes, including 13 women. Each member of both the Redmen and Martlets will be wearing black ribbons in memory of Olympian Emilie Mondor, the former McGill athlete who died in a tragic car accident near Hawkesbury, Ont., Sept. 10, 2006. Mondor, the first Canadian woman to break the 15-minute barrier in a 5k race, won a pair of silver medals (3000m, 4x800) for McGill at the 2001 CIS championships in Sherbrooke.

The Martlets, who haven't medaled at the CIS meet since 2003 when Sarah Ali-Khan captured three golds, have a good chance to break that streak when Jessica Warren lines up for the 1000m, where the Quebec university champion is seeded second behind Windsor's Jaqueline Malette.

Warren, a 24-year-old native of Oakville, Ont., is also entered in the 1500m and the 4x800. Last fall, she returned to McGill for a fifth season after a two-year sabbatical. Initially recruited to McGill as a swimmer in 2000, she swam for three seasons and earned all-conference honours. After graduating in 2004, she returned last fall for a marketing degree and earned all-conference honours in track, winning a pair of gold medals and a silver at the Quebec league championships.

On the men's side, among McGill's medal hopefuls are freshman Maxime Beaumont-Courteau of Montreal, senior Patrick McAuliffe of Seattle, Wash., and sophomore David Faille of St. Hilaire, Que.

Beaumont-Courteau is seeded sixth in the pole vault after breaking an 18-year-old McGill record at the Quebec conference championships two weeks ago, with a silver-medal winning height of 4.61m.

McAuliffe is seeded sixth in the 3000m with a time of 8:24.18 at the Boston University St. Valentine's weekend meet.

Faille is seeded eighth in the 60m with a time of 6.83 that he ran at Sherbrooke in mid-January, which broke a 20-year McGill record.

Other Redmen qualifiers include: Stephen Douglas (1000m, 4x800) of Pictou, N.S., Adrian Walton (3000m) of London, Ont., Keith Esch (high jump) of Lake George, N.Y., , Brendan Rehel (4x400) of Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., Andrew Roberts (4x400, 4x800) of Montreal, Ken Douglas (4x800) of Los Gatos, Calif., and Blair Bateson (4x400) of Calgary.

Other qualifiers from the Martlets include: Deborah Lightman (1000m, 4x800) of Toronto, Deenie Quinn (3000m) of Westfield, N.J., Esther Usborne (pole vault) of Calgary, Heather McCurdy (triple jump) of Belleville, Ont., Stephanie Rosenthal (4x400) of Calgary, Hilary Kellar-Parsons (4x400) of London, Ont., Sabrina Lavoie (4x400) of Montreal, Alyson McPhee (4x400) of St. Margaret's Bay, N.S., Alana Battiston (spare, 4x400) of Toronto, Sonia Jean-Philippe (4x800) of Pointe Claire, Que., Patricia Muddiman (4x800) of Sarnia, Ont., and Nicole Koenig (spare, 4x800) of Oakville.

Individually, the long list of athletes to keep an eye on this week includes:

Male conference MVPs in field events: Derek Watkins of Windsor (high jump, triple jump), David Foley of Sherbrooke (pole vault), Seth Taylor of Dalhousie (weight throw) and Jim Steacy of Lethbridge (weight throw, shot put), a two-time CIS male athlete of the year in field events (2004-05, 2003-04).

Male conference MVPs in track events: Geoff Kerr of Calgary (1500m, 3000m), Mark Stewart of Toronto (60m hurdles), Emmanuel Parris of Sherbrooke (60m, 300m) and Geoff Harris of Dalhousie (300m, 600m), who was named CIS male rookie of the year last season.

Female conference MVPs in field events: Jessica Zelinka of Calgary (pentathlon, long jump, shot put), Sara Jibb of Windsor (weight throw), Caroline Sow of Laval (weight throw) and Alicia Dobranowski of Dalhousie (pentathlon, high jump, long jump).

Female conference MVPs in track events were: Zelinka (60m hurdles), Megan Brown of Toronto (1000m, 1500m, 3000m), Geneviève Thibault of Laval (60m, 60m hurdles) and Erin MacLean of StFX (1000m, 1500m).

Zelinka, who is currently ranked fifth in the world in the pentathlon and is making a return to university competition after taking a year off to compete internationally, is one of the most decorated athletes in CIS track and field history. She was named CIS rookie of the year, athlete of the year and championship MVP in 2000-01 while at Western Ontario, and track athlete of the year in 2003-04 and CIS championship MVP in 2002-03 and 2003-04 with the Calgary Dinos.

Adult $25
McGill Student $10
Youth (13-18) $8
Under12 Free

Adult $10
McGill Student $5
Youth (13-18) $4
Under 12 Free


March 8

14h00	Weight Throw/Marteau 	(F)	Final(e)
15h30	60m Hurdles/Haies 	(M) 	Pentathlon
15h50	60m Hurdles/Haies 	(F) 	Pentathlon
16h10	Long Jump/Saut en longueur (M) Pentathlon
16h30	High Jump/Saut en hauteur (F) Pentathlon
17h15	Shot Put/Lancer du poids (M) Pentathlon
18h00	600m (F) Heats/Vagues
18h15	Shot Put/Lancer du poids (F) Pentathlon
18h20	600m (M) Heats/Vagues
18h30	High Jump/Saut en hauteur (M) Pentathlon
19h15	Long Jump/Saut en longueur (F) Pentathlon
19h30	60m (F) Heats/Vagues
19h45	60m (M) Heats/Vagues
20h00	1000m (M) Pentathlon
20h20	800m (F) Pentathlon
20h30	60m (F) Final(e)
20h40	60m (M) Final(e)
20h50	Medal Presentation/Remise des médailles

March 9

13h30	60m Hurdles/Haies (F) Heats/Vagues
13h45	60m Hurdles/Haies (M) Heats/Vagues
14h00	4x200m Relay/Relais (F) Heats/Vagues
14h15	4x200m Relay/Relais (M) Heats/Vagues
14h50	Weight Throw/Marteau (M) Final(e)
17h30	Long Jump/Saut en longueur (F) Final(e)
18h00	60m Hurdles/Haies (F) Final(e)
18h15	60m Hurdles/Haies (M) Final(e)
18h30	300m (F) Heats/Vagues
18h35	Pole Vault/Saut à la perche (F) Final(e)
18h45	300m (M) Heats/Vagues
18h50	High Jump/Saut en hauteur (M) Final(e)
18h55	Shot Put/Lancer du poids (F) Final(e)
19h00	1000m (F) Final(e)	
19h15	1000m (M) Final(e)
19h25	Long Jump/Saut en longueur (M) Final(e)
19h30	3000m (F) Final(e)
19h45	3000m (M) Final(e)
20h00	Medal Presentation/Remise des médailles
20h30	300m (F) Final(e)
20h45	300m (M) Final(e)
21h00	4x800m Relay/Relais (F) Final(e)
21h05	Medal Presentation/Remise des médailles
21h15	4x800m Relay/Relais (M) Final(e)
21h25 	Medal Presentation/Remise des médailles

March 10

12h30	Triple Jump/Triple saut 	(M) 	Final(e)
12h40	High Jump/Saut en hauteur	(F) 	Final(e)
13h00	Pole Vault/Saut à la perche 	(M) 	Final(e)
13h15	Shot Put/Lancer du poids (M) Final(e)
13h30	600m (F) Final(e)
13h45	600m (M) Final(e)
13h55	Medal Presentation/Remise des médailles

14h15	Triple Jump/Triple saut (F) Final(e)
14h35	4x200m Relay/Relais (F) Final(e)
14h55	4x200m Relay/Relais (M) Final(e)
15h00	Medal Presentation/Remise des médailles

15h20	1500m (F) Final(e)
15h30	1500m (M) Final(e)
15h45	4x400m Relay/Relais (F) Final(e)
16h00	4x400m Relay/Relais (M) Final(e)
16h10	Medal Presentation/Remise des médailles

Earl Zukerman
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McGill University
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