McPhee wins double gold, Faille breaks McGill mark

McPhee wins double gold, Faille breaks McGill mark

Jan 14, 07 Track and Field (W) 
By Earl Zukerman

SHERBROOKE - Freshman Aly McPhee of Halifax, won a pair of gold medals as the McGill Martlets finished second of six teams at the Vert & Or Invitational track and field meet in Sherbrooke, Saturday.

McPhee, who was born in Montreal before moving to the Maritimes, is the 19-year-old daughter of former Montreal Canadiens player Mike McPhee. She finished first in the high jump competition with a height of 1.55 metres and anchored the winning 4x200m relay, clocked in one minute, 51.31 seconds.

On the men's side, McGill junior David Faille of St. Hilaire, Que., broke a 20-year-old school record in the 60m sprint with a silver-medal winning time of 6.83 seconds. He bettered the school record of 6.96 set by Earl Haughton in 1986 and equaled by Faille last month.

The Martlets, who captured four golds and six silvers, scored 79 total points, placing behind meet champion University of Maine (115). Sherbrooke was third (31), followed by Laval (30), UQTR (14) and Montreal (5).

Joining McPhee on the 4x200 relay was Fatihat Momoh and Sabrina Lavoie, both native Montrealers, plus freshman Hilary Kellar-Parsons of London, Ont.

Other McGill gold winners included sophomore Heather McCurdy (triple jump, 10.76m) of Belleview, Ont., and Esther Usborne (pole vault, 3.25m), a senior from Calgary.

Silver medals went to Megan McKee (pole vault, 2.95m) of Pittsburgh, Deborah Lightman (1000m, 3:02.15) of Toronto, Deenie Quinn (1500m, 5:03.41) of Westfield, N.J., Louise de Lannoy (3000m, 11:44.27) of Toronto and the 4x400 relay team of Nicole Koenig (Oakville), Alissa Apa (Pierrefonds, Que.), Jessica Warren (Oakville) and Sonia Jean-Philippe (4:14.13) of Pointe Claire, Que., who also won silver in the 600m (1:39.95).

On the men's side, McGill placed fourth overall, winning three silvers and a bronze.

Teammates joining Faille on the podium included second-place finishers Adrian Walton (1000m, 2:33.03) of London, Patrick McAuliffe (1500m, 4:06.43) of Seattle, Wash., and Montrealer Maxime Beaumont-Courteau (high jump, 4.40m).

The lone bronze went to former Redmen basketball player Keith Esch (high jump, 1.92m) of Lake George, N.Y.

The next meet is scheduled to be at the University of Vermont in Middlebury.