Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Ontario University Championships

Windsor Feb 22-23, 2007

Some more information about the OUA track championships. You can see the initial Laurentian reports at:

Lindsy McNicoll ran a superb personal best in the 3000m, with a time of 10:23.62 and a seventh place finish.

"Lindsy's time is a full minute's improvement over the last year's best," said assistant coach, Darren Jermyn. "She and Marnie have made huge gains this year."
Angrand's 1500m race came down to a kick for third place over the final lap against Guelph's Rachel Cliff and Windsor's Hannah Eberhardt. Her time of 4:33.93 was a five-second personal best.

Angrand's gold medal race in the 3000m was a tactical chess match. Guelph teammates Rachel Cliff and Laura Moulton, had season bests 20 and 30 seconds better than Angrand's, and it was expected that they would work together and push the pace from the lead positions. Instead, they sat on Angrand's shoulder as Angrand assumed the lead through several slow first laps. Angrand's Laurentian teammate, Lindsy McNicoll, moved up to run side-by-side with Angrand for several laps, helping to share the lead and pick up the pace. After that, Angrand fought off several surges from the Guelph runners, eventually gapping them by three metres with a lap to go, and deciding the race with an explosive kick over the final 200m. McNicoll followed with an excellent seventh place finish and a personal best.

"The race tactics weren't what I expected," said Angrand after the race. "It started so slowly that I decided to take the lead and just make sure nobody passed me. And it really helped when Lindsy moved up to share the lead in the early laps."

"Leila has improved by leaps and bounds in her first indoor season," said head coach, Dick Moss. "Her tactical sense is improving each time she races, and the 3000 proof of that. And I don't think this weekend took too much out of her. She has plenty left in the tank for the CI's."

Angrand races the CIS championships in Montreal on March 9th and 10th.

Other Athletes and Information

- Madeleine Woods, competing for Windsor, placed 4th in the 600m with a time of 1:35.44

- Julie Forbes concluded her collegiate running career with a huge PB of 5:10.05 19th place finish in the 1500m.

- Laurentian's Marnie Smith ran a time of 5:01.0, placing 17th in the 1500m. According to assistant coach, Darren Jermyn, "I don't think she has recovered from her huge personal best performance from last week. She looked a little flat. But she's had an incredible season."

- Angrand was named 1st-team All-Star for her gold-medal performance in the 3000m.

- Angrand qualifies for the CIS Championships in both the 1500m and the 3000m.

- The meet provides a raucous atmosphere, with spectators standing both on the infield and in lane three for much of the 200m circuit. It's a wall of noise as the athletes run through this narrow gauntlet.

- Meghan Juuti was slated to run the 1000m, but scratched because of a muscle strain.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

TNOR: Hal Brown Results

Track North Results

22, André Pelland, 7.54
26, Jeff Deault, 7.63

6, Eric Ouellette, 1:23.55
13, André Pelland, 1:27.04
16, Jeff Turgeon, 1:28.91

14, Mike Coughlin, 10:22.58 (first indoor race ever)

10, Dan Gardiner, 5.97

4, Dan Gardiner, 13.28

Monday, February 05, 2007

Results - York Classic 2007 - York University, Sat February 3rd.

The Laurentian University women's indoor track team competed at the York Indoor Classic this wekkend, and returned with three medals.

Leila Angrand was a double gold medalist for the second time in two weeks, winning both the 1500m and 3000m. Her times of 5:43.43 and 10:15.39 were personal bests.

"I'm having a lot of fun with indoor track," said Angrand, who is competing indoors for the first time." It's a great atmosphere, and I learn something new every time I race."

Lindsy McNicoll won a silver medal in the 3000m, with a personal best time of 10:42.39.

Leila's 3000m was extremely impressive said head coach, Dick Moss. She front-ran the entire race and looked incrediblly relaxed in running a time that ranks her top-ten in the CIS. And she laid down a tremendous kick over the last two laps to win the 1500m. Her time in that event ranks her in the CIS top-six."

Marnie Smith also turned in an impressive race in the 1500m, winning her heat by half a lap with a personal best by more than five seconds.

"Marnie and Lindsy's times move them closer to the top tier in the OUA and we'll see further improvement over the next two weeks," said assistant coach, Darren Jermyn. "And Meghan Juuti seems to have found her best event in the 1000m."

The meet included teams from York, McMaster, Western, Toronto, Guelph, Laurentian and Windsor.

Laurentian takes next weekend off,then competes in it's final regular-season meet., the U. of Toronto's Hal Brown Invitational, on February 16th.

1st, Leila Angrand, 10:15.39
2nd, Lindsy McNicoll, 10:42.39

1st, Leila Angrand, 4:43.16
8th, Marnie Smith, 5:04.30
13th, Stephanie Flieler, 5:24.87
15th, Hilary Kilbreath, 5:34.43

8th, Marnie Smith, 3:08l.37
9th, Meghan Juuti, 3:09.89
14th, Maggie Robins, 3:16.96
16th, Stephanie Flieler, 3:32.07
17th, Hilary Kilbreath, 3:25.72

13th, Meghan Juuti, 1:45.94
14th, Maggie Robins, 1:50.69

Track North
5th, Dan Gardiner, 6.30

4th, Dan Gardiner, 13.06

8th, Andrew Athanasopoulos, 11.52

Weight Throw
6th, Andrew Athanasopoulos, 12.02

Lake State Results

Laurentian and Track North indoor track team returned from a successful weekend at the Lake State Open in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan, with two first-place finishes by Leila Angrand and a sweep of the medals in the women's 800m.

The meet involved teams from Laurentian, Northern Michigan and Lake Superior State universities and featured large 18-runner fields in the featured 800m and mile events. The host coach was Track North's Steve Eles.

Angrand (Sudbury) led both the mile and 800m events from start to finish, winning both by over six seconds. Her times were 5:09.1 in the mile and 2:20.0 in the 800m. She was joined in the 800m, by teammates Marnie Smith (Sault Ste., Marie) and Meghan Juuti (Elliot Lake), who finished second and third with times of 2:25.9 and 2:26.4.

Other Laurentian runners included Maggie Robins, 9th in the 800m and 13th in the mile, Lindsy McNicoll, 7th in the mile and 10th in 800m, and Stephanie Flieler, 11th in the 800m. The Vees also competed in the 4x400m relay, where they placed 3rd out of four teams.

Track North's André Pelland placed 2nd in the men's 400m with a time of 52.38 and 5th in the 200m with a 23.93.
Chris Hocking placed 4th in the 55m with a time of 6.75 off a 6.44 heat. He also placed 9th in the 200m with a 27.02
The Voyageurs next meet is the York Classic in Toronto next weekend.

4 x 400m
3rd place, 4:26.5, (Splits: Meg - 63.8, Steph: 70.4, Maggie: 66.2, Marnie: 64.8)