Gryphon Athletes Excel at Summer Games, Attend World Track Event
August 19, 2013 - Campus Bulletin
University of Guelph athletes won eight medals at the Canada Summer Games, which wrapped up this past weekend in Sherbrooke. The event brought together 4,200 athletes who competed in 20 disciplines over 16 days.
Gryphon Genevieve Lalonde won a gold medal in the 2000 metre steeplechase, breaking the Canadian record in the process, with a time of 6:32.45. The fourth-year student also won the bronze medal in the women’s 1500 metre with a time of 4:26.69.
Sasha Boulton and Myles Zagar
Swimmer Sasha Boulton won a gold medal in the mixed triathlon relay, along with Myles Zagar, an incoming Gryphon. Boulton also won a bronze in the women's triathlon relay, and Zagar won silver in the men's triathlon relay.
Gryphon Julia Wallace won the silver medal in the women’s triple jump with a best jump of 12.50 metres.
Erika Fiedler won a silver medal in the women’s pole vault with a best jump of 3.75 metres. Her Gryphon teammate Samantha Allegro was fifth in the event.
Incoming Gryphon Kelly Gribbons won a silver medal in the women’s discus with a best throw of 44.62 metres.
Gryphon runner Yves Sikubwabo also did well in the competition, advancing to the 800 metre final.
In addition, U of G student Anthony Romaniw and Gryphon alumni Alex Genest and Krista Duchene were all named to the Canadian team for the World Track and Field Championships that were held in Moscow Aug. 10 to 18. Dave Scott-Thomas, coach of the Gryphon cross-country and track and field team, was also at the event as the Canadian team’s endurance coach.
It was Romaniw and Duchene’s first major championships; Genest represented Canada at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, and last year’s London Olympic Games.