McGill's McCurdy, Willms win gold at Montreal Open

McGill's McCurdy, Willms win gold at Montreal Open

Dec 10, 05 
By Earl Zukerman

MONTREAL - Nicolas Macrozonaris of Laval, Que., won the 60-metre dash at the Montreal Open indoor track and field meet at McGill's Tomlinson Fieldhouse, Saturday.

The two-time Canadian Olympian from the St. Laurent Sélects track club was timed in 6.83 seconds, well short of his McGill Fieldhouse record of 6.56 set in 2002. The 25-year-old Macrozonaris has been hampered by a groin injury over the last two years and recently announced that he is going forward with a second appeal of his federal funding denial, after having been left off the 2005-06 Athletics Canada carding list.

The other top performer at the meet was David Gill of the Laval Rouge et Or, who garnered two gold medals and one bronze. The native of Mashteuiatsh, Que., won the 600m in one minute, 20.21 seconds, and the 1500m in 3:53.35. He was third in the 300m, crossing the line in 36.53.

McGill's Charles-Francois Aka-Trudel, a mechanical engineering senior from Trois-Rivieres, won the men's triple jump with a personal best leap of 12.90m.

On the women's side, 16-year-old sensation Kimberly Hyacinthe of Lachenaie, Que., also with the St. Laurent Sélects, won the 60m in 7.77.

Marie-Josée Le Jour, another member of the Sélects, broke the only fieldhouse record at the meet. Her winning toss of 17.66m in the weight throw, snapped her own mark of 17.63 set two weeks ago in the same facility.

McGill received gold medal efforts from Heather McCurdy, a physical education freshman from Belleville, Ont., and Joanna Willms, a physiology sophomore from Toronto. McCurdy won the triple jump with a personal best distance of 11.24m and Willms captured the high jump with a height of 1.63m.

Other McGill medallists were: Sonia Jean-Philippe (silver, 600m, 1:41.12), a sophomore from Pointe Claire, Que., and senior Hannah Moffatt (bronze, pole vault, 3.35m) of St. John's Nfld., plus three freshmen -- Katherine Elmore (silver, long jump, 5.05m) of Pittsburgh, Pa., Kaia Tombak (silver, triple jump, 10.01m) of Kingston, Ont., and Stephanie Harris (bronze, shotput, 8.46m) of Calgary.

Other members of the Redmen to medal were sophomores David Faille (bronze, 60m, 7.02) of St. Hilaire, Que., and Blair Bateson (bronze, 600m, 1:24.33) of Calgary.



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