Gryphons claim men’s and women’s national track titles
WINDSOR – The Guelph Gryphons captured both the men’s and women’s team titles Saturday at the U Sports national university track and field championships.
The Gryphs won the men’s title with 122.5 points while Alberta was second at 68 and Laval third at 55.
The Gryphon women were also comfortable winners with 123 points while Toronto was second at 84 and Windsor third at 79.
For the men, it was their second consecutive title win and fifth in 11 years while the women’s championship win put an end to a three-year stint at the top by Toronto. It was Guelph’s third national title in 11 years.
The sweep of the titles was the second ever for the Gryphons. Their first title sweep came in 2008.
The Gryphs won 20 medals at the meet – seven gold, eight silver and five bronze. They also had seven fourth-place finishes, six fifths and five sixths.
Tommy Land won a pair of gold medals as he took the men’s 600 metres and 1,000 metres. He won the 600m in 1:19.41 while teammate Andrew LeBlanc was fifth in 1:20.06.
Land won the 1,000m in 2:27.98 while LeBlanc was third in 2:28.66 and Mostafa Elkurdy sixth in 2:29.66.
The men’s 4x800m relay team of Levi Fretz, Elkurdy, Joshua Kellier and LeBlanc won in 7:35.65.
Shyvonne Roxborough won the women’s 60m in 7.40 seconds while Sarah Hammond was fourth in 7.49 and Vanessa Gray sixth in 7.60.
Hammond won the 60m hurdles in 8.20 seconds to tie the meet record set by Hayley Warren in 2015. Kendra Leger was second in 8.30 and Hailey Hitchings fifth in 8.41.
Maja Naruszewicz won the women’s high jump, clearing 1.74 metres. Arabella Alton was fourth at 1.68 and Gabrielle Marton 10th at 1.65.
The women’s 4x200m relay team of Morgan Byng, Roxborough, Tessa Hamilton and Jenna Smith set a facility record in winning in 1:37.97.
Thomas Nedow was the runner-up in men’s shot put with a best throw of 15.98 metres. Teammate Mark Bujnowski was third at 15.95.
Sean Cate tied for second in men’s high jump as he cleared 2.13 metres. Sebastian Smith was fifth at 2.04 and Mitchell Torres 10th at 1.98.
Mark Emode finished second in the men’s heptathlon with 5,071 points.
Hamilton placed second in the women’s 300m in 38.88 while Byng was fourth in 39.21 and Lauren D’Agnolo eighth in 39.59.
Jordan Bates was the runner-up in women’s triple jump with a best leap of 12.30 metres. Jade Peters was ninth at 11.42.
Gryphon women also had a pair of second-place finishes in relay races.
The Guelph team of Zoe Sherar, Byng, Jenna Smith and D’Agnolo was second in the women’s 4x400m relay in 3:43.57.
Teammates Sadie-Jane Hickson, Dana Earhart, Olivia Romaniw and Charlotte Ward were second in the women’s 4x800m relay in 8:49.39.
Graeme Thompson was third in the men’s 300m in 34.41.
Elkurdy was third in the men’s 1,500m in 3:55.74 while Mark Patton was 10th in 4:00.53 and Joshua Kellier 12th in 4:03.44.
Thompson, Nathan Egert, Kurdell Reason and Sebastian Smith gave the Gryphs a third-place finish in the men’s 4x200m relay in 1:28.65.
Gryphons recording fourth-place finishes were Patton in the men’s 3,000m, Thomas Weigl in men’s pole vault, Charlotte Ward in women’s 1,000m and Marissa Dubois in women’s long jump while teammate Bates was fifth.
Others finishing fifth were Sebastian Smith in men’s 60m hurdles and Bujnowski in men’s weight throw.
Jackson Cheung was sixth in the men’s 60m hurdles while Benjamin Workman was sixth in men’s 3,000m and Elijah Ampratwum was sixth in men’s long jump.
Danielle Jossinet was seventh in the women’s 3,000m and the men’s 4x400m relay team of James Muharrem, LeBlanc, Land and Thompson also placed seventh.
Dana Earhart had eighth-place finishes in the women’s 1,000m and 1,500m while Jossinet was 10th in women’s 1,500m.
Owen Hebb was 10th in the men’s long jump while Emode was 12th.
Graham Pitfield was 10th in the men’s pole vault.
Mitchell Ubene was 11th in the men’s 3,000m and Connor Black was 13th.
Hannah Woodhouse placed 12th in the women’s 3,000m.
- Guelph Sports Journal