Gryphon Black captures men’s cross-country title
KINGSTON – Connor Black of the Guelph Gryphons won a sprint to the finish to capture the U Sports men’s individual title at Saturday’s national university cross-country championship meet.
Black finished the 10-kilometre race in 31:13.0 to finish 6/10ths of a second ahead of runner-up Jean-Simon Desgagnes of Laval. Russell Pennock of Calgary was third in 31:16.2.
Black’s efforts helped the Gryphons win silver medals in the men’s team competition. The Gryphs finished with 89 points while champion Calgary had 75. The McMaster Marauders were third at 94.
Other Gryphs in the race were Mitchell Ubene who finished 16th in 31:55.7, Mark Patton 17th in 31:56.6, Mostafa Elkurdy 22nd in 32:04.9, Andrew Shepherd 33rd in 32:24.1, Josh Kellier 37th in 32:31.4 and Benjamin Workman 47th in 32:42.4.
The Gryphon women were bronze medalists as they finished with 108 points. Laval Rouge-et-Or won at 55 while the Queen’s Gaels were second at 62.
Danielle Jossinet of the Gryphs just missed an individual medal as she was fourth in 28:11.8.
Brogan MacDougall of Queen’s won the eight-kilometre race in 27:48.6 while Aurelie Dube-Lavoie of Laval was second in 28:02.1 and her teammate Catherine Beauchemin was third in 28:05.4.
Of the other Gryphons, Hannah Woodhouse was 10th in 28:49.4, Emma Hubbard 17th in 29:17.2, Dana Earhart 29th in 30:05.3, Sadie-Jane Hickson 48th in 30:37.1, Charlotte Ward 63rd in 30:57.6 and Nina Whitford 118th in 32:18.4.
Black was selected as the men’s athlete of the year and he and Jossinet were named first-team All-Canadians and Woodhouse was named a second-team all-Canadian.
- Guelph Sports Journal