Gryphons Excel at OUA Championships

October 27, 2013 - Campus Bulletin

It was a gold-medal weekend for University of Guelph athletics, with its men’s and women's cross-country teams and women's field hockey team winning the 2013 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships.

In addition, the women's rugby team won OUA silver.

In cross-country running, Guelph has now captured 10 consecutive OUA women's titles – an OUA record for the most consecutive titles – and nine straight on the men’s side. The OUA championships were held in Hamilton on Saturday.

Guelph runners also won four individual medals: one gold, one silver and two bronze.

The Gryphon's swept the podium in the men's 10km race with Aaron Hendrikx winning gold with a time of 32:39.7, four seconds ahead of teammate and defending champion Ross Proudfoot. Tristan Woodfine won the bronze (33:03.3).

In the women’s five-kilometre race, Carise Thompson's captured bronze (22:15.3) and Gryphon runners also finished fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, which helped Guelph win the team title.

The Gryphons now move on to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships Nov. 9 in London.

The women's field hockey team won the OUA championship Sunday with a 4-1 victory over the University of Waterloo at York Stadium.

It’s the team’s first OUA win since 2010, and fourth gold medal in program history. The team also won OUA silver in 2012 and 2011.

“Today we were outstanding from the push back and never let up,” said head coach Michelle Turley. “Our passing was dynamic and we dominated the play throughout the entire game. There was no doubt we were going to bring home the title.”

The team now heads to the CIS championships Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

The women’s rugby team won OUA silver Saturday after losing to Queen’s University 19-15 in the gold-medal match. It was the first-ever banner for Queen’s. Guelph had won the gold medal five times previously. Both teams will play in the CIS championships Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.

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