By Earl Zukerman
MONTREAL – McGill athletes captured five gold medals, four of them by women, at the McGill University All-Comers track and field meet, Saturday.
The two-day event, held on campus at Richard Tomlinson Fieldhouse, was highlighted by the McGill 4x800 relay squad, which finished first overall, 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 McGill women’s final gold medal was produced by the 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.
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).
Complete results are posted at www.mcgilltrack.com.