Gryphon Women Capture First-Ever OUA Track Title, Men Finish Second

March 02, 2009 - News Release

The U of G women's track and field team captured its first title at the 2009 OUA track and field championships, ending Windsor's four-year reign as OUA champions. The Gryphon men's team grabbed a silver medal at the championships, held Feb. 27 and 28 at York University.

The Guelph women captured a total of 10 medals (four gold, three silver and three bronze) to finish on top with 147 points, followed by Windsor (139.5) and Western (124).

They were led on the podium by runner Lindsay Carson’s three-medal performance. Carson won both the 1,500 and 3,000 metres and finished second in the 1,000. Also capturing gold for Guelph were Stephanie Jackson in shot put and Miana Griffths in the 60-metre race. Sarah Peirce won silver in the 60 metres, and high jumper Shaneista Haye also picked up a silver medal. Rounding out the medals with bronze were Rachel Cliff in the 3,000 metres, Meghan Harris in pentathlon and Jess Vanhie in the 1,000 metres.

The team standings on the men’s side were Windsor (185 points), Guelph (115) and York (105). The Gryphon men finished with a total of 10 medals: three gold, five silver and two bronze.

The Gryphons dominated the distance races, sweeping the men’s 3,000 metres with Derek Snider grabbing the top spot ahead of Kyle Boorsma and Allan Brett. Boorsma added another gold in the men’s 1,500. Dustin McCrank also earned gold with a weight throw of 16.80 metres. Silver medals went to Allan Brett in the 1,500 metres, Guyson Kuruneri in long jump, and the men’s 4 x 800-metre relay team of Brett, Rob Jackson, Josh Roundell and Boorsma. Tim Hendry rounded out the medals with a bronze in weight throw.

Both teams will be looking to defend their 2008 national titles at the CIS championships to be hosted by Windsor March 12 to 14 at the St. Denis Centre.

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