The jury is out on the Western men's track and field team because speed demons Bob Westman and Christian Heffernan have completed their university careers.
But the Judge is still holding court and that has to make head coach Vickie Croley grin.
Andrew Judge, the former John Paul II high school dynamo and last year's Canadian university rookie of the year, was one of five Mustangs to set meet records in the team's Purple and White intrasquad competition last weekend.
Judge had a 7.12-metre leap in the long jump, Canadian university bronze medallist Alanna Boudreau recorded an 11.55-metre effort in the triple jump, men's captain Jeff Edwards cleared 4.45 metres in the pole vault.
As well, rookie Jef Cotten blazed to 1:39.08 in the 600-metre race and Cheryl Johnstone tossed 13.15 metres in the weight throw.
Western, which achieved a men's team bronze at nationals last year, will compete in their season opener tomorrow at Thompson arena. Field events begin at 10 a.m., while track events go from 3:15-8:45 p.m.
Judge will compete in the triple jump at 4:30 p.m., then turn to the 60-metre hurdles and run as part of the 4x200-metre team in the evening.
Another on the men's side on the track is former Strathroy District high schooler Jason Kerr, a rookie who won the 60-metre event last week.
The defending Ontario champion Mustangs remained undefeated and rolled their winning streak to nine games with a five-set win over Lakehead in Thunder Bay and a four-set victory over the Guelph Gryphons. Third-year left-side hitter Melissa Mann, a Londoner, recorded 18 kills in the two tilts. She is first in Ontario and second in the country with 122 kills.
Last year's Ontario finalists have swept their past three matches, including a 3-0 win over Windsor last Friday. Third-year left-side hitter Alex Jerome had 19 kills in two games and sits 10th in Ontario with 90 in nine matches.
Point guard Matt Curtis, last season's Ontario university rookie of the year, had 13 points but it wasn't enough for the Mustangs to knock off the unbeaten Guelph Gryphons in a 60-48 decision Monday night at Alumni Hall. Western fell to 1-6 on the season. Western plays against Waterloo tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Alumni Hall.
Forward Paula Romkey had 11 points and Bess Lennox pulled down 11 rebounds but Western still fell 45-43 to defending Ontario university champion Guelph on Monday night. The Mustangs and Gryphons both have a 5-3 record in early-season play. Western heads to Thunder Bay to play Lakehead tonight and tomorrow night.
Terri McNutt and Jess Fitzgerald went undefeated to lead the Mustangs to a second-place finish behind host Brock at the Brock Invitational. On the men's side, captain Phil Medeiros (57 kg) won three matches for Western, which finished fifth behind Niagara College, McMaster, Guelph and Brock.
Western finished third in Kingston at the Queen's Invitational. Melissa Hill and Michelle Robertson won the dance variation title. Aivory Ann Gaw grabbed top spot in the senior silver singles. Kim Civiero and Andrea Stefanovic were second in junior silver similar dance, while Leanne Doring and Kylie Draper finished runner-up in intermediate similar pairs. Draper was third in junior silver singles and so was Scott Allison in men's singles.
Chris Hanebury beat teammate Andrew Jones in the Jester's Ontario university men's individual open final at St. Andrew's College.