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Plenty of season best runs at Sharon Anderson meet

By Ryerson Cross Country
TORONTO - The Ryerson Rams Track team competed at the Sharon Anderson indoor track meet this weekend, returning with several season best performances and with several athletes showing their form and readiness to compete at the forthcoming Ontario University Championships to be held in Windsor on February 26-27th.

The team had strong showings in the 60 metre sprints and 600m. In the 60 metres Ryan Chong once again lead the way with a strong preliminary round to make it to final where he placed fifth in 7.21 seconds, followed by Sri Renganathan and Nyo Mudzingwa both of whom had season best of 7.40 and 7.42 respectively. Mohammed Arifuddin posted 8.65.

In the men’s 300 m Will Lanktree, Sri Rengnathan and Mohammed Arifuddin all recorded season bests, with Renganathan and Lanktree performances just off the OUA standard. In the women’s 300m Hailey Salvian and Miriam Bruning turned in season best performances while in the women’s 60m Karen Dela Cruz Sancho and Leila Hammond also recorded season best performances, with Hammond doing it again in the 60 m hurdles.

The men’s 4 x 200m strong relay team of Sri Renganathan, Will Lanktree, Nyo Mudzingwa and Ryan Chong had a strong race fighting for second place until a dropped baton dashed their hopes of a high finish and season best performances.

The 600 m distance appears to be one of the stronger events for the Rams during this indoor season with Aaron McQuaid once again running a strong race in 1.26, to go along with his 1.25 from last week, setting the stage for his teammates with Ryan Bacic as mister consistency with another solid performance in 1.27. Matt Wahl in 1.28 with Eric Danelon in 1.35 and Sameer Naumani 1.39 all ran season best performances. Miriam Bruning took three seconds off her time from last week improving to 2.05.

In the 1000 metres, Joel Perera-Satgunem ran a season best 2.38 despite taking a hard elbow in the face during the run followed by Mike Park who ran a gutsy 2.46. In the women’s 1000m Hailey Salvian ran 3.31 in her first attempt at this event.

Rebecca Verlaan improved significantly in the 1500 m taking 11 seconds off her time from last week with a strong 5.05 time with Sylvie Antoun producing a season best 5.23. In the men’s 1500m Mike Park improved on his performance from last week taking 4 seconds off with a fine 4.25.

In the women’s 3000m Rebecca Verlaan ran to a strong second place finish lopping off 9 seconds from her previous time in 11.07 . In the men’s 3000m Mike Konstantopoulos who was poised to have a break out race, still ran a solid 9.31 despite having some cramping issues.

The day ended with the men’s 4 x 800m relay. While the McMaster squad put on stellar performance for the win, the team of Perera-Satgunem, Wahl, Park and McQuaid waged an intense battle with the Niagara Regional team edging them by 1/100th of a second for second place finish to cap off a successful day.

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