Gryphon women run to another national cross-country title
QUEBEC CITY — The Guelph Gryphons captured their 12th consecutive U Sports (formerly CIS) women’s cross-country team title Saturday on a course set up on the Plains of Abraham.
The Gryphons extended their hold on the national title by scoring a seven-point win over the runner-up Queen’s Gaels in the six-kilometre race.
Top five finishers out of the team of Katelyn Ayers, Heather Petrick, Hannah Woodhouse, Sophia Watts, Danielle Jossinet, Katrina Allison and Cheryse Mitton scored the points.
The Gryphs have won the women’s title every year since 2005 and the win was their 13th overall as they also claimed national honours in 1997.
Ayers won a bronze medal individually as she finished third in 21 minutes and 23.1 seconds. That finish earned her U Sports first-team All-Canadian designation.
Petrick was a second-team All-Canadian as she finished eighth in 21:47.8. Top seven are named to the first team and those finishing eighth through 14th are placed on the second team.
The win also earned coach-of-the-year honours for Guelph’s Dave Scott-Thomas.
For the other Gryphons, Woodhouse was 16th in 22:34.9, Watts 21st in 22:42.3, Jossinet 22nd in 22:43.0, Allison 27th in 22:54.4 and Mitton 32nd in 23:00.4.
The Gryphs had their five scoring runners in the top 22 while Queen’s had its first five in the top 30.
Claire Sumner of Queen’s took individual gold in a time of 21:09.3 while Emma Cook-Clarke of Calgary was the silver medalist in 21:15.0.
The young Gryphon men placed ninth in the team standings with 222 points. Host Laval won at 43 while Trinity Western was second at 88 and Western was third at 96.
Former Gryphon Yves Sikubwabo won gold running for Laval. He finished the 10K course in 30:51.0. Declan White of Trinity Western was the silver medalist in 30:56.0 and Connor Darlington of McMaster was third in 30:57.9
For the Gryphs, Brayden Seneca was 26th in 31:43.0, Andrew Shepherd was 42nd in 32:11.4, Mitchell Ubene 52nd in 32:21.7, Mark Patton 57th in 32:29.9, Ben Workman 66th in 32:48, Kyle Madden 73rd in 33:03.8 and Jeffery Thornber 88th in 33:25.0.
- Guelph Sports Journal