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.