Gryphon Patton a close second in cross country

LONDON – Mark Patton of the Guelph Gryphons missed out on the OUA cross-country championship meet’s gold medal by a whisker.

The Fergus native claimed the silver medal and Max Turek of the McMaster Marauders was the gold medalist as both recorded times of 31:56 in the men’s 10-kilometre race at the Thames Valley Golf Club.

Isaiah Frielink of the Western Mustangs was third in 31:59.

The Gryphons placed their five scoring runners in the top 19, but had to settle for third place.

Andrew Shepherd was 12th in 32:20, Mostafa Elkurdy 15th in 32:27,Mitch Ubene 17th in 32:30 and Ben Workman 19th in 32:33.

The Gryphs finished with 65 points while the McMaster Marauders won their first OUA men’s title since 1964 as they finished with 45 points. Queen’s Gaels were second at 59.

Josh Kellier of the Gryphons was 30th in 33:10 and Alec Purnell was 46th in 34:06.

The Gryphon women finished second in the team championships with 40 points. Queen’s Gaels retained the women’s title with 34 points while the Western Mustangs were third at 105.

Brogan MacDougall of Queen’s won the six-kilometre race in 28:03 while her sister Branna MacDougall, also running for Queen’s, was second in 28:34 and Kristina Popadich of Western was third in 28:41.

Hannah Woodhouse led the Gryphons as she placed fifth in 29:03 and teammate Danielle Jossinet was sixth in 29:10. Guelph’s other scorers were Heather Petrick in eighth in 29:24, Emma Hubbard in ninth in 29:51 and Dana Earhart in 12th in 30:04.

Sadie-Jane Hickson of the Gryphons was 18th in 30:43 and Charlotte Ward was 29th in 31:34.

This year marked the first time since 1998 that neither Gryphon team won the OUA crown.

The Gryphon men have won the OUA title 20 times since it was first contested in 1901. That’s second to Toronto’s 43 championship wins.

The Gryphon women have won the title an OUA-best 17 times since it was first contested in 1977. Western is second with 11 championship wins.

Next up for the Gryphons will be the U Sports national championship meet at Kingston Nov. 10.

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