Men's Track Team Wins Gold, Gryphons Bring Home 12 CIS Medals

March 13, 2010 - News Release

The University of Guelph's men's team won the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) track-and-field championship title Saturday, and the women's team placed fourth. In all, the Gryphons captured 12 medals
(four gold, three silver and five bronze) during the three-day competition at the University of Windsor.

The Gryphon men edged out Windsor by a single point in the final event of the competition to claim the team title. The men’s team entered the meet as the top-ranked team in the country but were considered the underdogs against Windsor, which won the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) title this year and was the defending national champion.

The Gryphon men were led by Kyle Boorsma, a fourth-year biological sciences student, who won two gold medals in the 1,500 metres (3:49.53) and 3,000m (8:15.09). Fourth-year anthropology student Dustin McCrank won the men’s weight toss with a throw of 18.61m, and Rachel Cliff, a fourth-year B.Sc. student, won the 3,000m (9:21.29).

Cliff also won a silver medal in the 1,500m (4:25.32.) Other silver medals went to fourth-year arts and science student Sarah Peirce in the 60m sprint (7.45) and the men’s 4x800m team.

Capturing bronze medals were second-year B.Comm. student Tim Hendry in the shot put (16.27m) and weight toss (17.5m); second-year English student Robert Jackson in the 1,500m (3:51.23); first-year B.Comm. student Jason Diston in the men’s pentathlon (3757 total points); and fourth-year political science student Guyson Kuruneri in the men’s long jump (7.03m).

In addition, Gryphon head coach Dave Scott-Thomas was named the men’s CIS Coach of the Year, and Diston and Genevieve Lalonde, a first-year environmental biology major, won "Rookie of the Year" honours.

Diston was named the top first-year male at the OUA championships as well as an OUA all-star after winning the pentathlon with a score of 3,620. He was also a first-year wide receiver with the football Gryphons this season. Lalonde was named the OUA track Rookie of the Year after she won a bronze medal at the OUA championships and was the top rookie in the women’s 3,000m with a time of 9:33.45. She is also a member of this year’s OUA and CIS cross-country championship team and was named the OUA and CIS cross-country Rookie of the Year.

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