Medal-Filled Month for U of G Athletics

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It is gold-medal month for University of Guelph athletics.

Women's cross country

Women’s cross-country team

Both the women’s cross-country and the men’s rugby teams captured gold medals this past weekend at national and provincial events.

Earlier this month, the men’s soccer team won the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) title, and the women’s rugby team won the provincial title in late October.

At the 2016 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) cross-country running championships Nov. 12, the women’s team captured the gold medal. It was the 12th consecutive national win for the women and their 13th title overall.

Gryphon head coach Dave Scott-Thomas was named women’s Coach of the Year.

“The whole league has changed and got better, it’s deeper. This team is as good as any we have ever had,” Scott-Thomas said.

Asked whether he’s grown accustomed to his women’s team winning the championship, Scott-Thomas said: “No, never, it’s fresh every time. It’s our twelfth year in a row and it’s just as exciting. They’re jumping around and smiling, and it feels pretty new.”

The men’s cross-country team placed ninth.

Men's rugbyOn Nov. 13, the men’s rugby team won its first OUA title since 1998. The team defeated Queen’s University in a dramatic game. The women’s rugby team won the OUA championships Oct. 28 in Hamilton, defeating McMaster 24-7.

Women's rugby

The men’s soccer team won gold at the OUA championships Nov. 7 and captured the bronze medal at the CIS championships Nov.13.