Gryphons sweep OUA track and field titles


Source: Windsor Sports Info

WINDSOR, Ont.- It came down to the final event of the women’scompetition, but the Guelph Gryphons swept the OUA banners onFriday afternoon at the University of Windsor’s St. DenisCentre.

It was the first time in 14 seasons that Windsor did not takehome the men’s team title, as the Gryphons earned their first-everprovincial banner.

For the women, it was their first OUA titlesince 2008-09, as the Lancers had won the past threeChampionships.

For links to results and more information, please visit the OUATrack and Field Championship page.

The host Lancers kicked off the final day of the Championshipsby taking gold and silver in the women’s weight throw. AmiSchimanski (17.51m) and Shaelyn McLaughlin (17.39m) both met theCIS standard, while York’s Cynthia Appiah finished third with athrow of 16.86m.

In the first track finals of the day, it was Olympian SarahWells of Toronto that took home gold in the women’s 600 meter timedfinals with a time of 1:31.97. Her teammate Natalie Geiger(1:32.26) captured silver with Ottawa’s Emma Galbraith (1:32.32)finishing third.

The Blues added another gold as Khamica Bingham streaked to goldwith a time of 7.41 in the women’s 60m final. Guelph’s Karry-AnnCornwall (7.59) picked up silver and Jalicia Clarke (7.60) added abronze for the host Lancers.

Toronto took over the team points lead after Laura Maessenclaimed top spot in the women’s high jump with a height of 1.71m.Julia Wallace (1.68m) and Jen Pitman (1.68m) took home silver andbronze respectively.

The Varsity Blues contined to remain hot on Day 2 of theChampionships, as the 4 x 200m team of Bingham, Alicia Brown,Hayley Warren and Natalie Geiger ran the fastest time in the CISthis season (1:39.21) to edge out Western (1:39.32) with Windsor(1:40.37) finishing third. All three relay teams met the CISstandard en route to the podium.

The Gryphons stymied the Blues momentum and re-took the pointslead by finishing first and second in the women’s 1500m. AndreaSeccafien and Carise Thompson ran times of 4:28.66 and 4:29.54,while the Blues Colleen Hennessy (4:29.59) picked up bronze.

Caroline Ehrhardt and Mila Simulik helped the Mustangs intothird place in the triple jump, leaping for 12.50m and 12.19mrespectively. Guelph added another medal as Julia Wallace notchedbronze with a jump of 12.16m.

That brought the team title down to the women’s 4 x 400m relay.Down by six points, the Varsity Blues needed to win the event andhave Guelph finish fifth or less. They looked well on their way tothe conference title as the team of Geiger, Wells, Rachel Jewettand Alicia Brown captured gold with an OUA meet record of 3:42.21.However, Guelph’s anchor Rachel Aubry made up an incredibledeficit, overtaking Ottawa on the final homestretch to steal fourthplace and with it the women’s OUA banner by just a singlepoint.

On the men’s side, the Gryphons increased their points leadcourtesy of Anthony Romaniw who captured gold in the men’s 600mfinals with a CIS standard time of 1:19.63. Western’s Scott Leitch(1:20.31) and Toronto’s Michael Trnkus (1:20.31) finished secondand third respectively.

In the men’s triple jump, Western’s Taylor Stewart earned a CISstandard jump of 14.66m to earn gold, while Dahn Pratt (13.74m) andDaniel Gayle (13.71m) took home silver and bronze respectively.

Aaron Bowman of Windsor streaked to the top of the podium in themen’s 60m with a time of 6.72, while Ottawa’s Oluwasegun Makinde(6.83) earned silver. Ike Omoruna (6.87) picked up bronze. Bowmanthen helped his 4 x 200m relay team to gold along with LeonaeNichol, Matt McKeegan, and Shane Kelly, posting a time of 1:29.10.McMaster (1:31.19) and Western (1:31.65) picked up second and thirdplace to round out the top three.

Windsor’s Matt Walters picked up his second gold medal of theChampionships, winning the 1500m in a time of 3:53.06 in front ofGuelph’s Yves Sikubwabo (3:53.86) and Steve Holmes (3:54.33).

However, the Gryphons continued their dominance on the weekend,as Mitchell Torres earned gold in the high jump with a height of2.05m, beating out Toronto’s Brett Georgievski (2.02m) and BrandonWilhelm (1.99m) of Windsor.

With the team title well in hand for Guelph heading into themen’s 4 x 400m relay, second-place was still up for grabs.Western’s team of Brent Bates, Triphon Moodie, Matt Muldon andScott Leitch earned top spot in a heated battle of the country’sthree best squads. They posted a winning time of 3:19.11, whileGuelph (3:19.216) squeaked out second over Ottawa (3:19.219).

David McKay of York grabbed gold in the men’s pole vault with aheight of 4.86m. The Mustangs Matt Diston’s 4.81m gave him secondplace, but critical vaults from Jake Pfaff (4.81m) and Milos Savic(4.71m) gave Windsor enough points to overtake Western for secondplace in the final points standings.

Men’s Final Team Points
1. Guelph 175.50
2. Windsor 118.50
3. Western 114
4. Ottawa 69
5. York 64
6. Toronto 56
7. Waterloo 25
8. McMaster 25
9. Queen’s 7
10. Ryerson 3
11. Lakehead 2
12. Brock 2

Women’s Final Team Points
1. Guelph 148
2. Toronto 147
3. Western 134
4. Windsor 115
5. Ottawa 47
6. York 30
7. McMaster 13
8. Queen’s 11
9. Lakehead 9
10. Waterloo 4
11. Laurier 2
12: Brock 1
12. Laurentian 1

Scott Harrigan
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