Gryphons keep grasp on U Sports track and field crowns
WINNIPEG – The Guelph Gryphons dominated to keep the men’s and women’s team titles at the U Sports track and field championship meet at the University of Manitoba’s James Daly Fieldhouse.
The Gryphons won the men’s title with a 61-point gap to the runner-up Toronto Varsity Blues while Guelph had a 40-point bulge on second-place Saskatchewan Huskies in the women’s team event.
The two team wins earned head coach Dave Scott-Thomas the Fox 40 Coach of the Year honours for both the men and the women.
“We’re way too big for anybody to take credit for anything that happens for us. It’d be impossible,” Scott-Thomas said in a news release. “I started with quite a small unit and the only way we were able to function at this level was with a team effort. I’m grateful for the notion of that type of award, but I’ve got the best staff in the country. It’s not only that we get along so well, we also make it OK to disagree and push each other and that’s how you get better.”
Gryphon runner Jenna Westaway was the female athlete of the meet after she won three gold medals. She took the women’s 1,000 metres in 2:41.36, a new U Sports record, and she combined with teammates Jenna Smith, Sadie-Jane Hickson and Olivia Romaniw to win the women’s 4x800m relay. Westaway also won gold in the women’s 1,500m in 4:18.17.
The Gryphs also set three other U Sports relay records.
Morgan Byng, Shyvonne Roxborough, Zoe Sherar and Nicole Smith won the women’s 4x200m in 1:36.46.
Byng, Hickson, Jenna Smith and Sherar took the women’s 4x400m in 3:40.08.
Josh Hamilton, Graeme Thompson, Daniel Harper and Philip Osei were victorious in the men’s 4x400m in 3:11.67.
The Gryphs won 10 gold medals in all as Sherar took the women’s 300m in 37.79 seconds, a school record, while Mark Bujnowski triumphed in the men’s shot put with a best throw of 18.17 metres. Harper, Kuda Murasiranwa Osei and Thompson won the men’s 4x200m in 1:26.14 and Brennan Seguin took men’s pole vault as he cleared 5.00 metres.
Guelph won 12 other medals – six silver and six bronze.
Silver medals went to Bujnowski (men’s weight throw), Romaniw (women’s 1000m and 600m), Emma Nero (women’s 60m hurdles), Osei (men’s 300m) and the men’s 4x800m team of Levi Fritz, Simon Quann, Mostafa Elkurdy and Alec Purnell.
Bronze medals were claimed by Murasiranwa (men’s 60m), Matthew MacGillivray (men’s 60m hurdles), Matthew MacNeill (men’s long jump), Byng (women’s 300m), Harper (men’s 300m) and Jenna Smith (600m).
Of the non-Gryphons with Guelph ties, Guelph native and Speed River Track and Field Club member Abby Woods of McGill won the women’s triple jump with a leap of 12.46 metres on her final jump. That was 0.33 metres ahead of runner-up Mowalola Adeleye of Trinity Western.
Speed River’s Joerg Ahne of Waterloo was the silver medalist in the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.37 metres. Pierce Lepage of York won at 7.69.
- Guelph Sports Journal