Gryphon Ubene claims U SPORTS men’s cross-country title
QUEBEC CITY – Mitchell Ubene of the Guelph Gryphons ran to victory in the U SPORTS national university men’s cross-country championship race Saturday.
Ubene completed the eight-kilometre event in 24 minutes, 27.5 seconds to cross the line 1.1 seconds ahead of Thomas Fafard of the host Laval Rouge et Or.
It was Ubene’s second consecutive medal finish in the national event as he had been second in 2019.
Ubene was one of three Gryphons in the top 10 as John Perrier was fifth at 24:40.3 and Nicholas Bannon was ninth at 24:53.4.
The Gryphon finishers helped OUA runners occupy half of the top 10 places. Quebec runners grabbed three top-10 finishes while Canada West runners filled the other two places.
Laval took the men’s team total with 62 points to finish five ahead of the runner-up Gryphs. McMaster Marauders were third at 79.
Of Guelph’s other runners, Kalum Delaney was 23rd in 25:30.7, Adam Schmidt 29th at 25:43.0, Gavin Hughes 33rd at 25:45.1 and Alec Purnell 51st at 26:15.2.
Ubene was the first Gryphon to win the overall men’s title since Connor Black won it in 2018. Other Gryphons to win the overall men’s title include Aaron Hendrikx in 2013 and 2015, Ross Proudfoot in 2014, Andrew Nixon in 2011, Kyle Boorsma in 2010 and Matt Brunsting in 2008 and 2009.
Kiana Gibson of the Gryphs was eighth in the women’s eight-kilometre race Saturday as she finished in 29:09.0 while teammate Olivia Roussel was 10th in 29:17.3.
The Gryphs finished third in the women’s team standings with 119 points. Laval was the runaway winner with 35 while the Western Mustangs were second at 106.
Of the other Gryphs, Beatrix Maddocks was 16th in 29:52.0, Sadie-Jane Hickson 23rd in 30:12.2, Eirlys Rauliuk Dunn 62nd in 31:18.1 and Sandra Guga 74th in 31:42.1.
There were 126 finishers in both races.
Gryphs to win the overall women’s title include Carise Thompson in 2014, Andrea Seccafien in 2012, Genevieve Lalonde in 2011, Lindsay Carson in 2007 and Kristina Rody in 2004.
- Guelph Sports Journal