Gryphon men regain national cross-country title

VICTORIA, B.C. – The Guelph Gryphons captured the U Sports men’s cross-country championship Sunday, finishing 19 points ahead of the runner-up Calgary Dinos.

The win was their 13th overall and the first for the Gryphs since they won in 2014, their ninth consecutive national men’s team championship.

The Gryphs placed their five scoring runners in the top 17 while Calgary’s five scorers were in the top 28. Guelph finished with 57 points while Calgary had 76 and third-place Laval Rouge et Or had 87.

Connor Black was the top Gryphon, finishing second overall in 31 minutes and 19 seconds. He was four seconds behind the defending champion and former Gryph Yves Sikubwabo who now runs for Laval.

Ben Carson of Western was third in 31:33.

The other scoring Gryphs were Mark Patton in ninth at 31:45, Andrew Shepherd 14th in 31:57, Ben Workman 15th in 31:58 and Braydon Clarke 17th in 32:00. Mitch Ubene was 37th in 32:20 and Josh Kellier 50th in 32:39.

The Gryphons were fifth in the women’s team standings with 142 points to put an end to their streak of 12 consecutive national title wins. The Gryphs have won the title 13 times, the other win coming in 1997.

Toronto Varsity Blues won the women’s team title with 73 points and Sasha Gollish of the Varsity Blues took the individual women’s title in 27:37.

Queen’s Gaels were second in the team event at 92 followed by Laval at 112 and the Victoria Vikes at 124.

Danielle Jossinet was the top Gryphon as she finished ninth in 28:48. Sarah Wismer was 18th in 29:27, Hannah Woodhouse 20th in 29:50, Dana Earhart 45th in 30:37, Francesca Maltais 50th in 30:46 and Sadie-Jane Hickson 82nd in 31:53.

  • Guelph Sports Journal