Although indoor track has not been granted as an official sport at St. Mary’s University, the Lightning still had athletes competing this year. St. Mary’s Cross Country Team athletes had a strong showing at the Dino Classic Indoor Track Meet at U of C yesterday with competition from SAIT, U of C and many other track & field clubs.
Here are the results:
Tanis Lefebvre, 60m – 9.69 (19th), 300m – 55.81 (17th)
Randi Thiessen, 300m – 49.21 (12th)
Karan Matusin, 600m – 1:29.65 (7th)
Philip Taylor Smith, Mile – 6:16.63 (12th)
Logan Pearce, Mile – 6:06.19 (10th)
Full results are here: http://uofcathletics.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/results_classic_17.pdf
The next track meet is the ACAC meet on February 12 at Repsol Place. St. Mary’s expects to have an official ACAC Indoor Track Team next year.
Women’s Basketball had another successful weekend improving to 12-3 on the year. This weekend was especially important as SAIT was, at the time, in third place, after the weekend results StMU has a 4 game lead on the now third place MHC Rattlers and the SAIT Trojans have fallen five games back to fourth place. These wins have moved the women’s team that much closer to clinching the second seed in the ACAC south for provincial playoffs.
Friday night the Lightning found themselves down 30-25 at half, but a hard fought third quarter saw them gain a two-point lead after three quarters and they never released the lead again, coming home with a 60-53 victory. Player of the game was Abby Gibb with 2 points/4 REB/ 2 AST and 2 STL.
Saturday night the women jumped out to an early lead and then continued to increase it slowly as the night went on. Although the SAIT women pushed back hard in the second half, the Lightning women were able to withstand the pressure and remain victorious with a 63-49 win. Mary Jean Ritchie was a standout on Saturday with a double-double performance with 13 points, 18 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and 3 blocks. Another notable standout for the women was Montana Rommeril who finished with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 steals.
Mary-Jean Ritchie had an outstanding weekend on the glass for the Lightning, contributing 29 rebounds over the two games, leaving her 32 rebounds shy of becoming the all-time leader in rebounds in the ACAC. With six games remaining in the season, it’s only a matter of when, not if, Mary-Jean will capture the record.
Next week the Lightning will take on the MHC Rattlers.
Men’s basketball had two heart-breaking performances on the weekend. In tough with the now tied for first place SAIT Trojans, the Lightning battled through-out the game. After the first quarter of the play the score was tied and thanks to great defence the Trojans were held to 18 points in the quarter. By half time SAIT had a narrow margin with a 1 point lead, but a great third quarter put the Lightning men ahead by four points at the end of the quarter. Some mental mistakes down the stretch proved to be costly for the Men as they ultimately fell 76-81. The Lightning Player of the Game was Osato Obaseki with 22 points and 13 rebounds, Cordell Minifee was another notable standout with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists.
Saturday the Men took a commanding lead in the game, executing their game plan to perfection. The men were getting out in transition, being aggressive going to the basket which caused the defence to collapse in, setting up open shots that were converted. But to their credit the SAIT Trojans rallied in the third and fourth quarters, coming out firing shooting 65 per cent from the floor in both quarters. Unfortunately the Lightning Men could not hold off the Trojans down the stretch and ultimately lost 108-105. Although great performances from the player of the game Averie Armbrister with 33 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 assists as well as having a shot at the buzzer to tie the game just wasn’t enough to hold off the red-hot Trojans who improve to 5-1 in 2017 and move into a tie for first place in the ACAC south.