Gryphons Excel at OUA Championships
October 28, 2012 - Campus Bulletin
It was a medal-winning weekend for University of Guelph athletics. The women’s and men’s cross-country running teams and the women's rugby team captured gold at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships. U of G’s field hockey team and the women’s lacrosse team won OUA silver medals, and a member of the rowing team won individual gold and bronze OUA medals.
In cross-country running, Guelph captured its ninth straight OUA women’s title — a record for consecutive provincial titles — and its eighth straight on the men’s side. The championships took place in King City on Saturday.
Guelph runners also won five individual medals: two gold, one silver and two bronze.
In the women’s 5km race, Gryphon Genevieve Lalonde won the individual gold medal with a time of 17:45.96, which also earned her the title of OUA MVP. Madeline Yungblut won the bronze medal in 18:04.51 and was named Rookie of the Year.
Guelph swept the men’s 10km race, with Ross Proudfoot winning gold, 32:06.17; Yves Sikubwabo, silver, 32:22.74; and Andrew Nixon, bronze, 32:23.16. Proudfoot was also named OUA MVP and Sikubwabo, Rookie of the Year. Guelph now moves on to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships Nov. 10.
The women’s rugby team won its fifth straight OUA championship Saturday, beating Queen’s University 10-6. It’s the twelfth time U of G has won the OUA title since it was first contested in 1994.
In rowing, Mark Henry led the Gryphons at the OUA championship regatta held in St. Catharines this weekend. He won a gold medal in the lightweight men’s single and bronze in the heavyweight men’s single. On the women’s side, Emily Jago finished fourth. Overall the Gryphon men’s team finished seventh and the Gryphon women were ninth.
The field hockey team won OUA silver Sunday after facing the University of Toronto in the championship match; Toronto won 5 to 2. Erin Houle was named Guelph’s player of the game. Having claimed its second straight OUA silver medal, the team will advance to the CIS championships Nov. 1 to 4.
The women’s lacrosse team battled the University of Western Ontario for the Patterson Cup on Sunday afternoon in Kingston. The Gryphons were awarded the silver medal after the Mustangs won 12-7.