Gryphons Capture Gold and Bronze, Football Team off to Semis

October 29, 2007 - Campus Bulletin

Both the University of Guelph's women's and men's cross-country teams won gold medals and two Gryphon runners won individual gold medals at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships Saturday.

Also this weekend, the women's field hockey team captured its first-ever OUA championship title, the women's rugby team won the OUA bronze medal, and the football team advanced to the OUA semi-finals.

In the women’s individual cross-country event, rookie Lindsay Caron, a first-year biomedical engineering student, finished with a time of 17:36 in the 5-km race, leading her team to victory. She was also named OUA Rookie of the Year, League MVP and a First Team All-Star. Carson has also competed at the Pan-Am juniors and the world cross-country championships and won provincial and national championships in high school.

On the men's side, second-year student Kyle Boorsma won the gold medal in the 10-km race, finishing with a time of 31:48 and earning First-Team All-Star status.
Other cross-country runners named First-Team All-Stars are: Jessica Vanhie, who placed fourth; Rachel Cliff, fifth place; Matt Brunstring, fourth place; and Andre Paul Baillargeon-Smi, fifth place.

Gryphons who earned Second-Team All-Star status are Chantel Novak, 12th; Lindsay Furtado, 13th; Angus McAuley, ninth; and Joe Brunstring, 10th.

Guelph's cross-country teams also won the OUA championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006 and were ranked No. 1 all season.

On Sunday, the women’s field hockey team defeated the University of Toronto to capture the OUA championship title in Ottawa. It was the team's second trip to the OUA finals, and they will now compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships this weekend in Toronto.

In football, the Gryphons defeated McMaster Saturday to earn their first playoff win since 1996. Guelph advances to play Wilfrid Laurier in the OUA semi-finals Saturday at 1 p.m. at University stadium in Waterloo. Tickets are already available for next week’s game online. Tickets are also available at the client service desk at the W.F. Mitchell Athletics Centre or may be reserved by contacting Joe Varamo at Ext. 53354 or by email

In rugby, the Gryphon women's team won the OUA bronze medal Friday and will play in the CIS championships this weekend in London. In addition, four Gryphon athletes — Michelle Joslin, Leila Hughes, Sasha Lauks and Jacey Murphy — were selected as Russell Division all-stars, and Murphy was named the Russell Division Rookie of the Year.

The men's rugby team competed in its first playoff game since the 2003/2004 season on Saturday, going up against McMaster in the OUA quarter finals.

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