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April 05, 2005
U of G Honours Top Athletes
One of the best cross-country runners in Gryphon history and a champion wrestler have received U of Gís top athletic honours for 2005.
Kristina Rody, a masterís student in agriculture, was named Female Athlete of the Year. Throughout this cross-country running season, she was undefeated and ranked No. 1 in her division. She won the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championship and a gold medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) finals. She is also credited with leading her team to the OUA title and CIS silver medal.
Male Athlete of the Year honours went to wrestler Jamie Cox. The fourth-year geography student won a gold medal at the CIS tournament as well as the OUA heavyweight title. He also won the prestigious Guelph Open and the Alberta Invitational and was silver medallist at the esteemed New York Athletic Club meet.
A pair of track and field athletes captured rookie of the year honours. Neb Zachariah received the Dr. Mary Beverley-Burton Rookie of the Year award. Zachariah won a gold medal in the triple jump at the CIS championships and set a U of G record. Patrick Szpak was named the Scott Yanchus Rookie of the Year. Szpak won a bronze medal in the shot put at the CIS championships, the first-ever throws medal in Gryphon history.
The awards were handed out during the annual athletics awards banquet held last weekend. More than 630 athletes and coaches attended. A complete listing of winners is available online.