Sports in brief

Pipe dreams fall shortt

Jeff Batchelor, Comm ’10, competed for Canada in the Olympic men’s halfpipe snowboarding event yesterday at Cypress Mountain. Batchelor suffered falls in both qualifying rounds dropping his scores to 14.9 out of 50 in round one and 18.5 in round two. He was one of three Canadians to compete in the event. Fellow Canadian Justin Lamoureux qualified for the semifinals with a best score of 35.4. Batchelor won a silver medal in the halfpipe at the 2009 World Championships in Korea.

Track and field owns the podium at Cornell

Runner Jan Stirling led the charge for the Gaels in Ithica, N.Y. last weekend at the Kane Memorial Invitational Track and Field Meet at Cornell University when she brought home a pair of gold medals in the 500-metre dash and 4x400-metre relay with Veronica Catry, Marissa Walter and Jenn Barrow.

Catry won a pair of medals aside from the 4x400-metre gold, winning silver in the 200-metre dash and a bronze medal in the 60-metre dash.

On the men’s side, Gord Frenke brought home the Gaels’ lone gold in the 400-metre dash, while Shane Kelly climbed the podium to collect a 200-metre dash silver medal.

The Gaels will compete in the McGill Last Chance Meet this weekend in Montreal in the lead-up to the OUA Championship meet Feb. 26-27 in Toronto.

Men’s volleyball take five-set victory over Varsity Blues

The second-place Gaels closed out the season on the road with a lengthy five-set match against the seventh-place University of Toronto Varsity Blues.

Outside hitter Joren Zeeman and middle hitter Michael Amoroso led the Gaels in points with 18 and 17 respectively, while setter Dan Rosenbaum had 48 assists.

The Gaels finish their season this weekend with home games against the Guelph Gryphons on Friday night and the Wilfred Laurier Golden Hawks on Saturday night. Both games start at 8 p.m.

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