Cross-Country Teams Win Gold, Women’s Rugby, Field Hockey Teams Nab Silver

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It was a medal-winning weekend for University of Guelph athletics. The women’s and men’s cross-country teams won team gold and had individual first place finishes at the 2014 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships. The women’s rugby and women’s field hockey teams won silver medals.

In cross-country running, Guelph has now captured 11 OUA women’s titles – an OUA record for the most consecutive titles – and 10 on the men’s side.

During the OUA championships in Kingston Saturday, Guelph runners also won four individual medals: two gold, one silver and one bronze.

On the women’s side, Heather Petrick won the gold medal in the 6km race with a time of 20:02.44 U of G runners also placed 5th, 7th 8th and 9th, giving the Gryphons the No. 1 team placing.

On the men’s side, the Gryphons swept the medal podium. Leading the way was Ross Proudfoot, last year’s runner up, who finished the 10km race in a time of 30:15.00. Teammates Tristan Woodfine and Yves Sikubwabo placed second and third, respectively (30:26.00, 30:46.75).

The Gryphons will now get ready for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships November 8th in St. John’s, Newfoundland.

In women’s rugby, the Gryphons were defeated by McMaster University in the championship match, 19-10 on Saturday. It’s U of G’s second silver medal in as many seasons. The women’s rugby team has won the championships 10 times since first competing in 1994. The Gryphons now move on to the CIS women’s rugby championships, which start Thursday in Guelph.

On Sunday, the women’s field hockey team played in the OUA championship match in Brampton. They lost to the University of Toronto, 3-0. The Gryphon’s have won the OUA title four times. The team now moves on to the CIS tournament that begins Thursday in Toronto.