Gryphons Win 16 Medals at Ontario Championships

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The University of Guelph track and field team won 16 medals – including six gold — at the Athletics Ontario Championships this past weekend.

The prestigious meet attracted more than 700 international competitors to the Terry Fox Athletic Facility in Ottawa.

Leading the way for the Gryphons was second-year student Jared Skeath with three medals: silver in the senior men’s discus throw, and bronze in the senior men’s hammer throw and shot put.

Other multiple medal-winning Gryphons were Kristian Benjamin — gold in the junior men’s 200 metres and silver in the junior men’s 100 metres — and incoming Gryphon Mostafa Elkurdy: silver in the junior men’s 1,500m and bronze in the junior men’s 800m.

Individual gold medals went to Celina Decarlois, junior women’s long jump; Chris Dulhanty, senior men’s steeplechase; Carise Thompson, senior women’s 1,500m; Mitch Torres, senior men’s high jump; and Connor Young, junior men’s pole vault.

Mark Emode won a silver medal in the junior men’s 400m hurdles.

Bronze medals went to Erika Fiedle, senior women’s pole vault; Charlie Sutton, senior men’s 400m hurdles; and Julia Wallace, senior women’s triple jump.

Junior competitors are those born in 1995 or after; senior competitors may be born in any year.

Also this week, Gryphon rookies Katelyn Ayers  and Heather Petrick will be competing  at the World Junior (Under 20) Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Ayers will be running the 800 and 1500 metres, while Petrick will run the 3000 and 5000 metres.  The meet will be live streamed at www.usatf.tv.