BURLINGTON, Ont. – The following athletes have been named Investors Group Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Athletes of the Week, powered by 2XU, for the period ending February 6, 2018.
Male Athlete of the Week – Slater Doggett (Oakville, Ont.) – 3rd Year – Queen’s Gaels
Slater Doggett had a big week for the Gaels men’s hockey team, as Queen's won the Carr-Harris Cup over RMC and stole a win over Carleton in Ottawa. For his efforts, Doggett earned OUA Male Athlete of the Week honours.
On Thursday night in front of a Carr-Harris record crowd of 3,524 fans, Doggett had a pair of goals in the 6-5 overtime win and was named the Gaels MVP for his efforts on the night.
The Gaels then visited Carleton in Ottawa in another game that saw overtime. Queen's lost their two-goal lead and found themselves down 3-2 late in the game. With a power play and their goalie pulled the Gaels looked to even the score. The Ravens cleared the puck outside of the blue line, but it found its way to Doggett who broke down the right wing and scored to tie the game and force overtime with only one second left. Doggett wasn't finished there though, as at the 1:20 mark in the extra frame, he scored to give the Gaels the win with a shot from the slot.
In his two games played he finished with four goals for the Gaels and one game-winner.
Female Athlete of the Week – Sarah Hammond (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) – 4th Year – Guelph Gryphons
The performances keep getting better for Guelph Gryphons captain Sarah Hammond – one of the emerging track and field stars in U SPORTS – and her latest has earned her the nod as OUA Female Athlete of the Week.
The fourth-year applied human nutrition student has been dominant in the 60m hurdles throughout this OUA season and she reached a new level last weekend. Just one week after running the fastest time posted in Canada this season – 8.33 seconds for first place at the McGill Team Challenge – Hammond produced an even better result, with an incredible 8.22 at the York Open in Toronto. The result placed first ahead of Canadian Olympian Angela Whyte, the current women's 100m hurdles champion.
Hammond's breakthrough performance established a new University of Guelph record, was the fastest time run by any Canadian in U SPORTS, NCAA, or a post-collegiate/professional this year, and also marked the second-fastest time ever in Canadian collegiate history.
An OUA silver medalist in 2016 and a U SPORTS silver medalist in 2015, Hammond is the top-ranked U SPORTS hurdler in the country and the 8.22 finish puts her just 0.08 seconds off the World Indoor Championship standard.