Macrozonaris wins battle, loses war at McGill meet

Macrozonaris wins battle, loses war at McGill meet

Feb 16, 08
Track and Field (M)
By Earl Zukerman

MONTREAL - It was a bittersweet day for national team sprinter Nicolas Macrozonaris at the McGill University All-Comers track and field meet, Saturday.

The 27-year-old native of Laval, Que., beat out hank Palmer to capture the men's 60-metre sprint in 6.64 seconds and met the IAAF standard of 6.70 to qualify for a berth at the 2008 world indoor championships in Valencia, Spain, March 7-9. But his winning time fell 4-100ths of a second short of the lofty standard (6.60) set by Athletics Canada. The qualification deadline is Feb. 18.

Palmer finished second in the race with a 6.75 and David Pedneault was clocked at 6.82 for the final podium placing. McGill's David Sarfati was sixth in 7.05.

Complete results are posted at

McGill athletes captured five gold medals at the two-day event, held on campus at Richard Tomlinson Fieldhouse.

For the Redmen, Keith Esch, a 6-foot-7, 230-pound junior from Lake George, N.Y, won the triple jump (13.15m) and was second in the high jump (1.85m).

On the women's side, the 4x800 relay squad, which finished first overall, was the best McGill result over the weekend, crossing the finish line in 9:13.17, which would rank them third fastest in Canadian Interuniversity Sport at this point in the season. The winning quartet was composed of leadoff runner Trish Muddiman, a sophomore from Sarnia, Ont., followed by junior Heather McCurdy of Stirling, Ont., Deborah Lightman of Toronto and Catherine Drouin-Audet, a freshman from Repentigny, Que., who ran the anchor leg.

Lightman, an environmental science senior, also won the 1500m (4:42.32) and sophomore Zaria Stoffman of Vancouver, B.C., won the high jump (1.56m), edging out teammate Alana Battiston of Toronto, and was second in the 60m hurdles.

The team's final gold was produced by the women's 4x400 relay (3:57.19), composed of Fatihat Momoh, a kinesiology master's student from Montreal, the aforementioned Battiston, sophomore Hilary Kellar-Parsons of London, Ont., and Catherine Drouin-Audet, a freshman from Repentigny, Que. Battiston also won bronze in the shotput, while McCurdy (silver, triple jump) and Muddiman (bronze, 1000m) medaled in other events.

SOURCE:Earl Zukerman
Communications Officer
Dept. of Athletics
McGill University
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