Gryphons sweep team titles at McGill track and field meet

MONTREAL — The Guelph Gryphons’ women’s 4×200-metre relay team chopped more than three-quarters of a second off the previous record as they won the event at the annual two-day McGill Team Challenge.

The win by the foursome of Jenna Smith, Nicole Smith, Shyvonne Roxborough and Tessa Hamilton helped the Gryphs sweep both team titles.

The Gryphon women won with a total of 204 points while runner-up Sherbrooke finished at 120.5. The Gryphon men won with 207.67 points. Laval was second at 103. It’s the first time in the 22-year history of the meet that a team has attained 200 points in either category.

The Gryphs collected 33 medals with 12 gold, 12 silver and nine bronze.

While Guelph’s A team won the women’s 4x200m relay in 1:39.67, the B team was third in 1:40.883. Members of the B team were Hailey Hitchings, Tiana Sinnatamby, Zaria Armstrong and Lauren D’Agnolo.

Another highlight of the meet for the Gryphs was the men’s 3,000 metres as Guelph placed six runners in the top seven, including the top four. Mark Patton won at 8:16.94 and was followed by Brayden Seneca second in 8:21.62, Connor Black third in 8:21.75, Ben Workman fourth in 8:22.93, Josh Kellier sixth in 8:28.09 and Kyle Madden seventh in 8:29.22.

The Gryphs also took the top two places in the men’s 4x200m relay. The Guelph A team of Greg MacNeill, Kristian Benjamin, Brandon Shirk and Graeme Thompson won in 1:27.98 while the B team of Jayden Kelly, Kyle Thompson, Davis Edward and Justice Archer was second in 1:29.13.

Smith won the women’s 300m in 38.92 seconds while D’Agnolo was 1.5 seconds behind in third.

Katelyn Ayers won the women’s 3,000m in 9:38.46 and Hannah Woodhouse was third in 9:45.75.

Thompson took the men’s 60m in 6.85 seconds and Benjamin was third in 6.93.

Jordan Bates won the women’s triple jump with a leap of 11.65m.

Ashley Connell was victorious in the women’s shot put with a best throw of 14.47m.

Shirk won the men’s 300m in 34.15 seconds.

Sean Cate won the men’s high jump as he cleared 2.10m.

Jared Skeath won the men’s hammer throw with a toss of 19.39m.

The team of MacNeill, Shirk, David Edward and Graeme Thompson won the men’s 4x400m relay in 3:18.29.

Charlotte Ward was the runner-up in the women’s 1,000m in 2:49.28 while Sophia Watts was third in 2:49.98.

Ayers was second in the women’s 1,500m in 4:28.03 and Watts was third in 4:28.77 1.

Black finished second in the men’s 1,500m in 3:50.92 while Seneca was third in 3:51.38.

Roxborough was runner-up in the women’s 60m in 7.67 seconds.

Hitchings placed second in the women’s 60m hurdles in 8.67 seconds.

Connell was second in women’s hammer throw with a toss of 16.89m.

Connor Young cleared 4.65m to finish second in men’s pole vault.

Skeath recorded a throw of 15.73m to place second in men’s shot put.

Mark Emode had a total of 4,767 points to finish second in men’s heptathlon.

Guelph’s women’s 4x400m relay team of D’Agnolo, Sinnatamby, Smith and Hamilton were runners-up in 3:55.23.

Hamilton placed third in the women’s pole vault as she cleared 3.46m. Erika Fiedler of the Speed River club was second as she cleared 3.61m.

Both the Gryphon men and women are ranked first in the national U Sports rankings. Guelph’s men have 116 points in the rankings while second-place Windsor is at 64.5. Guelph’s women moved to No. 1 this week with 107.5 points while Toronto is second at 103.16.

The Gryphs are to compete at Saturday’s York Open.

  • Guelph Sports Journal