Gaels teams win the Queen’s Invitational


Source: OUA Communications / Photo credit BryanLambert

KINGSTON, Ont. – The Ontario University Athletics cross countryseason rolled on as Kingston’s Fort Henry Hill played host tothe Queen’s Invitational on Saturday. The sunny, warm day sawover 80 athletes representing five Ontario Universities compete, with the host Queen’s Gaels narrowly edging outGuelph for both the men’s and women’s team gold.

In the women’s team competition, Queen’s scored 29points in earning the top spot. Guelph took second with 34points, while York’s 80 points was good enough for thirdposition.

For the men, a single point was the difference as the Gaels 27points was just enough to earn the win, with Guelph’s 28points taking second. York was again in third place with 89points.

Individually, it was Guelph’s Carise Thompson taking thegold in a time a 17:43.9 over the 5-kilometre course, with herteammate Nadine Frost taking the silver in 17:56.0. Julie-AnneStaelhi (18.11.4) of Queen’s rounded out the topthree.

Like the women’s race, the men’s 10-kilometre runsaw Guelph runners finish in the top two spots. Ross Proudfootcrossed the finish line just three one-hundredths of a second aheadof his Gryphons teammate Yves Sikubwabo (31:45.8 and 31:46.1, theirrespective times). Jeffry Archer of Queen’s took third with atime of 31:53.6.

In addition to the top three teams in each race; Queen’s,Guelph, and York; Royal Military College sent a team of athletes inthe men’s and women’s races, finishing fourth in both.Peterborough’s Trent University sent four runner to competein the women’s race, but did not have enough participants toqualify for a team result.

Scott Harrigan
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