Gryphon men capture U Sports track and field title
EDMONTON – The Guelph Gryphons men’s team ran away from their competition to claim their first U Sports national university track and field team championship in four years.
The Gryphon men won 12 medals at the three-day event – four gold, five silver and three bronze. That had propel them to the national title with 141 points. Windsor was second at 68 and Laval third at 65.50.
Guelph’s women finished as runners-up with 86.83 points and they won seven medals – two gold, three silver and two bronze.
The Gryphons also collected three individual awards as Tommy Land won the George Gemer Award as outstanding male athlete of the meet, Dave Scott-Thomas won the Bob Boucher Award as the men’s team coach of the year and Keysean Powell was named the rookie of the year.
Ashley Connell won double gold for the Gryphs as she took the women’s shot put with a toss of 15.59 metres and the weight throw with a throw of 18.46 metres.
Land won gold in the men’s 600 metres in 1:17.93 and silver in the 1,000m in 2:25.78.
Gryphons Greg MacNeill and Jackson Cheung finished one-two in the men’s 60m hurdles. MacNeill won at 8.04 while Cheung was second at 8.17.
Kyle Thompson won the men’s 60m in 6.75 seconds.
Jared Skeath was victorious in the men’s weight throw with a toss of 19.91 metres.
Powell was the runner-up in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.28 metres. Joerg Ahne of Waterloo won at 7.34.
Sean Cate was second in the men’s high jump as he cleared 2.07 metres.
The team of Kristian Benjamin, Thompson, MacNeill and Brandon Shirk was second in the men’s 4x200m relay in 1:28.16. Former Gryphon and Guelph native Charlie Sutton was a member of the triumphant Toronto squad that won in 1:28.06.
Jordan Bates of the Gryphs was second in the women’s triple jump with a leap of 12.00 metres while teammate Vanessa Oliver was third at 11.98 metres.
Shyvonne Roxborough was runner-up in the women’s 60m as she completed the distance in 7.51 seconds.
The Guelph foursome of Dana Earhart, Charlotte Ward, Cheryse Mitton and Katelyn Ayers was second in the women’s 4x800m in 8:51.82.
Brayden Seneca was third in the men’s 3,000m in 8:20.23.
Mark Emode amassed 5,157 points to place third in the men’s heptathlon.
Jenna Smith was third in the women’s 300m in 38.95 seconds.
The team of Taylor Lyman, Mostafa Elkurdy, Andrew Leblanc and Thomas Kemp was third in the men’s 4x800m.
- Guelph Sports Journal