Gryphons grab gold and silver at Western cross-country meet
LONDON – The Guelph Gryphons claimed gold and silver in the team events and overall university victories in the individual races at the Bill Salter Western Invitational cross-country meet Saturday.
The Gryphons scored a slim win in the women’s race, collecting 42 points to finish six ahead of the runner-up Queen’s Gaels and 39 ahead of the third-placed Western Mustangs. The Gryphon men were second with 54 points, eight behind the winning McMaster Marauders and 37 ahead of the third-placed Alberta Golden Bears.
Cameron Ormond of the Gryphs won the women’s six-kilometre race with a time of 21:47 to edge Kara Blair of Queen’s by a second. Makenna Fitzgerald of Queen’s was third in 22:05.
The Gryphs placed seven in the top 20 as Sadie-Jane Hickson was eighth in 22:38, Annika Ariano ninth in 22:40, Kiana Gibson 11th in 22:52, Nina Whitford 13th in 23:05, Olivia Roussel 15th in 23:07 and Dana Earhart 19th in 23:20.
Of the other Gryphs in the race, Emma Hubbard was 28th, Sandra Guga 36th and Beatrix Maddocks 42nd.
Mitch Ubene of the Gryphs scored his second win of the season as he took the university and college men’s class with a time of 25:29 in the men’s eight-kilometre race. He was second overall as Mike Tate of the Speed River Track and Field Club was first to finish, two seconds ahead of Ubene.
Mark Patton of the Gryphs was sixth overall in 25:50 while John Perrier was 13th in 26:17 and Nick Bannon was 17th in 26:31.
Cameron Bates placed 25th, Kyle Madden 37th, Aaron Canfield 42nd, Alec Purnell 43rd, Brady Graves 48th, Brock McKenzie 54th, Josh Kellier 78th, Jack Cooper 87th and David Poloni 99th.
Next on the schedule for the Gryphons is the Paul Short Invitational hosted by Lehigh University at Bethlehem, Pa., on Oct. 5.
The OUA championships are to be held at Bayfront Park in Hamilton Oct. 26.
- Guelph Sports Journal