CIS TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS (Day 3 of 3); McGill relay squad wins silver, breaks school record


EDMONTON – The McGill men’s track and field team captured silver in the 4x400m relay, Sunday, at the CIS championships, held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton

It was the only medal won by McGill over the three-day meet and helped the Redmen finish 12th of 22 teams overall. On the women’s side, the Martlets finished a disappointing 20th.

The fousome, which completed the race in three minutes and 17.83 seconds,  was composed of leadoff runner Alexander Steinbrenner, a senior from Montreal, senior Eric Ellemo of Hudson, Que., sophomore Vincent Parent-Pichette of St. Paul de Joliette, Que., and anchor Javier Montalvo, a sophomore from Closter, N.J.  It erased the previous mark of 3:21.03 set 14 years ago in the 2000 winter season.

All four members of the relay squad automatically merit second-team all-Canadian status, which goes to each silver medallist.

The York Lions won their first CIS men’s track and field title in 30 years, while the Guelph University Gryphons claimed their first women’s banner since the 2008 season, as the OUA swept the team championship trophies .

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York finished with 103 total points to claim their first CIS track and field banner since 1984. Guelph, the 2013 CIS men’s champions, finished second with 97 points while the Windsor Lancers earned CIS team bronze with 81 points. The Lions now have three men’s team titles in program history, following back-to-back wins in the 1983 and 1984 seasons. York coach Colin Inglis was honoured with the Bob Boucher Award as men’s coach of the year at a banquet following the championship.

With 96 points, the Guelph Gryphons claim their second women’s team title in program history, after winning their inaugural championship following the 2007-08 season. The Toronto Varsity Blues finished second with 93, while the Canada West champions from Trinity Western finished third with 64 points.

“It was a great weekend, right from Day 1 to Day 3,” said Guelph coach Dave Scott-Thomas, who was named the Sue Wise Award winner as the women’s coach of the year. “Even though the final team standings came down to the results of the 4x400m, which is great because it’s an exciting event, we had done the math and knew that if we performed well in that event, we would win the title. I really thought that right from Day 1 our depth really carried us through. We had someone competing in every event, and for the most part we scored points in those events. Everyone on our team really contributed to this victory, which really validates the work these athletes put into the season.”

The York Lions also swept the male and female outstanding athletes of the meet awards, with Dontae Richards-Kwok earning the George Gemer Award, as the outstanding male athlete of the meet, for the second time of his career, while Khamica Bingham received the female outstanding athlete of the meet award.

Richards-Kwok placed on the top of the podium four times in Edmonton, winning the 60m and 300m individual races, and helping the Lions to gold medals in the 4x200m and 4x400m relays. Bingham earned gold medals in the 60m dash, 300m run and the 4x200m relay event, and broke a CIS championship record when she wrote her name in the record book with a time of 7.26 in the 60m dash.

“I’m happy I was able to finish my career at York with a team title,” said Richards-Kwok, who won the George Gemer Award in 2012 as well. “I was able to take the team on my back a little bit in my final year and help lift us to the team championship. In years past, we’ve watched other teams get up there and hold that banner and trophy, and we wanted this year. It came down to that last race, the 4×400, and I knew if I got the baton at the right time, I could do what I needed to do to help us get that title.”

Also sharing the spotlight on Saturday was Trinity’s Emma Nuttall, as she broke the CIS championship meet record in the high jump, with a leap of 1.88m. The previous record of 1.87m was set by UBC’s Tammy Lutz in 1986.

“It was such a relief,” exclaimed Nuttall, who hails from Scotland. “I knew I had that jump in me. I really wanted to come in here this weekend, win gold and set the record. I wanted it at the Canada West championships, but it wasn’t meant to be then. It was a wee bit nerve-wracking, but once I got the support of the crowd tonight, I really fed off that energy, and I knew I could make the jump.”

Four records fell during the three day championships, including Nuttall in the high jump, Bingham in the 60m and Ottawa’s Sekou Kaba, who broke the 30-year old record in the men’s 60m hurdles.

The Lions ruled inside the Universiade Pavilion at the U of A on Day 3, taking home gold medals in the men’s and women’s 4x200m relay events, the men’s 4x400m relay, men’s pole vault and men’s shot put, while also earning bronze in the men’s shot put.

Other gold medalists on the final day of competition included Lethbridge’s Aaron Hernandez, the 2014 CIS male rookie of the year, in the triple jump, Western’s Caroline Ehrhardt in the women’s triple jump, Rachel Francois and Brendan Restall of Victoria in the men’s and women’s 600m, Trinity Western’s Sarah Inglis in the women’s 1,500m, Laval’s Charles Philibert-Thiboutout in the men’s1,500m and Toronto’s 4x400m women’s relay team.

Outstanding athlete of the meet: Khamica Bingham
Coach of the year (Sue Wise Award): Dave Scott-Thomas, Guelph

Outstanding athlete of the meet (George Gemer Award): Dontae Richards-Kwok
Coach of the year (Bob Boucher Award): Colin Inglis, York
1. Guelph, 96 points
2. Toronto, 93
3. Trinity Western, 64
4. Western, 59
5. Saskatchewan, 50
6. Victoria, 48
6. Calgary, 48
8. Windsor, 47
9. York, 41
10.Queen’s, 18
11.Alberta, 13
11.Sherbrooke, 13
13.Montreal, 12
14.Lethbridge, 11
15.Laval, 10
16.Regina, 9
17.Dalhousie, 8
18.Waterloo, 7
19.Ottawa, 6
20.McGill, 5
21.Moncton, 3
22.Manitoba, 2

1. York, 103 points
2. Guelph, 97
3. Windsor, 81
4. Sherbrooke, 52
5. Victoria, 46
6. Regina, 42
7. Laval, 33
8. Ottawa, 31
9. Western, 26
10.Toronto, 25
11.Trinity Western, 22
12.Saskatchewan, 18
12.McGill, 18
14.Lethbridge, 16
15.Dalhousie, 15
15.Calgary, 15
17.Manitoba, 12
18.Alberta, 10


Triple Jump (W) 
1. Caroline Ehrhardt, Western, 12.66
2. Julia Wallace, Guelph, 12.35
3. Courtney Wilkes, Alberta, 12.18

Pole Vault (M)
1. David McKay, York, 4.85
2. Olivier Gauthier-Kwan, Ottawa, 4.85
3. Matt Diston, Western, 4.75

600m (W)
1. Rachel Francois, Victoria, 1:28.40
2. Grace Annear, Victoria, 1:29.18
3. Charlotte Gardner, Ottawa, 1:31.40

600m (M)
1. Brendon Restall, Victoria, 1:17.61
2. Anthony Romaniw, Guelph, 1:18.20
3. Mathieu Sturkenboom, Sherbrooke, 1:18.40

4X200m (W)
1. York, 1:38.53
(Khamica Bingham, Sheereen Harris, Danielle Knight, Tameran Defeitas)
2. Toronto, 1:39.20
(Natalie Geiger, Maggie Hanlon, Fiona Collender, Maddie Warren) 
3. Guelph, 1:39.68
(Marissa Kurtimah, Karry-Ann Cornwall, Heather Rayner, Vivian Stavrakos) 

4X200m (M)
1. York, 1:27.82
(Dontae Richards-Kwok, Bismark Boateng, Ayo Agusto, Jameel Brown)
2. Windsor, 1:28.03
(Aaron Bowman, Matt McKeegan, Andre Wright, Tyler Bellaire)
3. Sherbrooke, 1:28.27
(Harold Vulgaire, Sébastien Sévigny, Gabriel Slythe-Léveillé, Simon Léveillé)

High Jump (W)
1. Emma Nuttall, Trinity Western, 1.88 (CIS championship record)
2. Rebecca Haworth, Dalhousie, 1.82 
3. Rachel Machin, Calagry, 1.76

Triple Jump (M)
1. Aaron Hernandez, Lethbridge, 15.03
2. Pat Dufresne, Guelph, 14.65
3. Chas Smith, Dalhousie, 14.53

Shot Put (M)
1. Eric Brathwaite, York, 17.81
2. Chris Pickering, Regina, 17.60
3. Umar Khan, York, 17.04

1500m (W)
1. Sarah Inglis, Trinity Western, 4:22.15
2. Shauna McInnis, Victoria, 4:26.07
3. Carise Thompson, Guelph, 4:26.98

1500m (M)
1. Charles Philibert-Thiboutout, Laval, 3:48.69
2. Ross Proudfoot, Guelph, 3:50.30
3. Mohamed Souleiman, Ottawa 3:50.79

4X400m (W)
1. Toronto, 3:42.55
(Maggie Hanlon, Rachel Jewett, Fiona Callender, Natalie Geiger)
2. Victoria, 3:46.46
(Rachel Francois, Nicole Soderberg, Jenica Moore, Grace Annear)
3. Western, 3:48.33
(Brenna Thomson, Shauna Malek, Genny Cyrenne, Katie Bell)

4X400m (M)
1. York, 3:16.76
(Bismark Boateng, Birko Montinat, Ryan Charlton, Dontae Richards-Kwok)
2. McGill, 3:17.83
(Alexander Steinbrenner, Eric Ellemo, Vincent Parent-Pichette, Javier Montalvo) **McGILL RECORD**

3. Victoria, 3:18.47
(John Pratt, Tyler Smith, Thomas Riva, Brendon Restall)

Shot Put (W)
1. Taryn Suttie, Saskatchewan, 16.38 (CIS championship record)
2. Brittany Crew, York, 15.28
3. Celine Freeman-Gibb, Windsor, 15.25

Long Jump (M) 
1. Taylor Stewart, Western 7.44
2. Connor MacDonald, Regina 7.28
3. James Linde, Trinity Western 7.27

Pole Vault (W) 
1. Robin Bone, Western, 4.10
2. Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier, Sherbooke 4.10
3. Kimberly Stephenson, Calgary, 3.90

1000m (W)
1. Fiona Benson, Trinity Western 2:50.97
2. Honor Walmsley, Toronto 2:51.10
3. Colleen Hennessy, Toronto 2:51.88

1000m (M)
1. Thomas Riva, Victoria 2 :25.16
2. Anthony Romaniw, Guelph 2:25.35
3. Alex Ullman, Windsor 2:25.37

60m Hurdles (M)
1. Sekou Kaba, Ottawa, 7.79 (CIS championship record)
2. Greg MacNiell, Toronto, 7.83 (tied CIS championship record)
3. Ingvar Moseley, York 7.88

60m Hurdles (W)
1. Michelle Young, Saskatchewan 8.29
2. Amilia Di Chiara, Windsor 8.41
3. Laurence Beaudet, Montreal 8.53

3000m (W)
1. Julie-Anne Staehli, Queen’s 9:32.91 
2. Carise Thompson, Guelph 9:33.98
3. Gabriella Stafford, Toronto 9:39.03

3000m (M)
1. Ross Proudfoot, Guelph 8:15.88
2. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, Laval 8:16.26
3. Tristan Woodfine, Guelph 8:20.53

High Jump (M) 
1. Jeremy Eckert, Regina 2.10
2. Branden Wilhelm, Windsor 2.07
3. Connor MacDonald, Regina 2.07

Long Jump (W) 
1. Sabrina Nettey, Trinity Western 6.16
2. Joy Becker, Regina 5.95
3. Laurence Beaudet, Montreal 5.87

Weight Throw (M)
1. Marc-Antoine Lafrenaye-Dugas, Sherbooke 20.09
2. Eric Brathwaite, York 18.41
3. Jared Skeath, Guelph 18.28

300m (W)
1. Khamica Bingham, York 38.36
2. Maggie Hanlon, Toronto 39.04
3. Marie-Colombe St-Pierre, Laval 39.08

300m (M)
1. Dontae Richards-Kwok, York 33.65 
2. Nathan George, Trinity Western 34.14
3. Bismark Boatend, York 34.86 

4X800m (W)
1. Victoria, 8:55.24
(Nicole Soderberg, Shauna McInnis, Grace Annear, Rachel Francois)
2. Toronto, 8:53.26
(Kelly Hennessy, Fiona Callender, Colleen Hennessy, Honor Walmsley)
3. Guelph, 8:54.47
(Emily Gordon, Sophie Watts, Genevieve Lalonde, Katelyn Ayers)

4X800m (M)
1. Windsor, 7:27.94 (CIS championship record)
(Paul La Marra, Taylor McArthur, Corey Bellemore, Alex Ullman)
2. Victoria, 7:30.99
(Brendon Restall, Olivier Collin, Tyler Smith, Thomas Riva)
3. Guelph, 7:35.59 
(Tommy Land, Drew Anderson, Christian Gravel, Anthony Romaniw)


Weight Throw (W)
1. Kayla Gallagher, Lethbridge 18.66
2. Tayrn Suttie, Saskatchewan, 18.21 
3. Sarah Dougherty, Guelph, 17.19

60m (W) 
1. Khamica Bingham, York, 7.26 (CIS championship record)
2. Marissa Kurtimah, Guelph, 7.52
3. Jalicia Clarke, Windsor, 7.53

60m (M)
1. Dontae Richards-Kwok, York, 6.61 
2. Kenrick Hanna, Saskatchewan, 6.69
3. Harold Vulgaire, Sherbrooke, 6.72

Pentathlon (W)
1. Rachel Machin, Calgary, 4,165 
2. Rachael McIntosh, Calgary, 4,063 
3. Lauren Taylor, Saskatchewan, 3,667

Pentathlon (M)
1. Branden Wilhelm, Windsor, 3,881 
2. Jesse Drennan, Windsor, 3,816
3. Stephen McPhee, Alberta, 3,692

For more information:
Matt Gutsch
Sports Information Director
University of Alberta
Off: (780) 492-7214
Cell: (780) 914-7096
Michel Bélanger        
Manager, Communications & Media Relations
Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Off: 613-562-5670 ext. 25
Cell: 613-447-6334

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