Guelph sweeps cross country championships; major awards announced

Guelph sweeps cross country championships; major awards announced
HAMILTON – The driving rain and resulting mud at the 2013 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Cross Country Championship may have slowed times on the Chedoke GC course, but it did not stop the Guelph Gryphons from repeating as men's and women's champions Saturday. 
The Guelph women won their OUA record tenth consecutive championship title and the men their ninth.
The Gryphon women used their depth to secure this year's championship, but it was a pair of Queen's runners who stole the show topping the podium. Victoria Coates (Newmarket, Ont.) improved on her 2012 OUA silver medal finish with the McMaster Marauders by winning this year's event as a member of the Gaels finishing in a time of 21:50.2. Fellow Gael Julie-Anne Staehli (Lucknow, Ont.) followed Coates in a time of 22:01.8 to secure silver. The Gryphons swept the next five spots with Carise Thompson's (Orkney, Ont.) 22:15.3 run securing bronze and the team title for Guelph. The Western Mustangs and Toronto Varsity Blues finished second and third on all-star runs from their top finishers. Heather Petrick was the top female rookie finisher. The Niagara on the Lake, Ont., native clocked in at 22:23.5 for the Gryphons.
The Gryphon's swept the podium in the men's 10km race with Aaron Hendrikx (Parkhill, Ont.) finishing in a time of 32:39.7, just over four seconds ahead of teammate and defending champion Ross Proudfoot (Sudbury, Ont.), to take the men's individual title. First-year Tristan Woodfine (Cobden, Ont.) secured the podium sweep for Guelph placing third in a time of 33:03.3 and earned men’s rookie of the year honours.

McMaster’s Madeline McDonald (Toronto) takes home the OUA community service award. The second-year kinesiology student is an executive member of the McMaster Athletes Care program. On top of her training, she finds time weekly to volunteer at the Hamilton Boys and Girls Clubs. This season, she organized a FAB (Fit-Active-Beautiful) activity day at the McMaster campus for at-risk, inner-city female youth. McDonald finished in 25th place at this year’s OUA championship.

The men’s community service award recipient is Guelph’s Chris Dulhanty (Mississauga, Ont. The bio-medical engineering student is in his fourth year of eligibility for the Gryphons and is a three-time academic all-Canadian. In addition to his academic and athletic prowess, Dulhanty has a passion for media. Dulhanty recently used this skill to help young people adjusting to university life. He produced a series of videos for incoming students on residence life and living on campus for the Residences Admissions department, providing helpful information on the transition from home to university living.

Bob Vigars, head coach of the Western Mustangs, has been named the OUA women’s cross country coach of the year. Vigars is the longest serving head coach among all coaches in all sports in Western Mustangs history; this is his 46th season with the school. He led the Mustangs to team this silver at the OUA championship.

McMaster’s Rory Sneyd is the 2013 OUA men’s cross country coach of the year. Sneyd, in his eighth season at the helm of the Marauders, led the men’s team to a surprising second place finish. The Marauders were ranked No. 6 in the country, and managed to oust higher-ranked Windsor and Queen’s in the OUA championship under Sneyd’s leadership.

Women’s MVP
Victoria Coates (Queen's)

Women's Rookie of the Year
Heather Petrick (Guelph

Women’s Community Service Award
Madeline McDonald (McMaster)

Women’s Coach of the Year
Bob Vigars (Western)

Men’s MVP
Aaron Hendrikx (Guelph)

Men's Rookie of the Year
Tristan Woodfine (Guelph)

Men’s Community Service Award
Chris Dulhanty (Guelph)

Men’s Coach of the Year
Rory Sneyd (McMaster)

First Team
Victoria Coates (QUEEN'S)
Julie-Anne Staehli (QUEEN'S)
Carise Thompson (GUELPH)
Madeline Yungblut (GUELPH)
Heather Petrick (GUELPH)
Katrina Allison (GUELPH)
Genevieve Lalonde (GUELPH)
Second Team
Amanda Truelove (WESTERN) 
Robyn Mildren (GUELPH)
Meaghan Marton (WINDSOR) 
Colleen Hennessy (TORONTO)
Charlotte Marcotte-Toale (TORONTO)
Danielle Thiel (LAKEHEAD)
Joanna Brown (GUELPH)
First Team
Aaron Hendrikx (GUELPH)
Ross Proudfoot (GUELPH)
Tristan Woodfine (GUELPH)
Andrew Nixon (GUELPH)
Jeffry Archer  (QUEEN'S)
Taylor Reid (McMASTER)
Blair Morgan (McMASTER)
Second Team
Nick Falk (WINDSOR)
Christian Gravel (GUELPH)
Paul Janikowski (WINDSOR) 
David Cashin (QUEEN'S)
Dominique Aulagnon (LAKEHEAD)
Connor Darlington (McMASTER)
Lionel Sanders (McMASTER)

Women’s Final Team Standings

1) Guelph Gryphons, 25 points
2) Western Mustangs, 82
3) Toronto Varsity Blues, 89
4) Queen's Gaels, 92
5) Windsor Lancers, 151
6) Mcmaster Marauders, 153
7) Laurentian Voyageurs, 229
8) Waterloo Warriors, 229
9) Ottawa Gee-Gees, 231
10) Lakehead Thunderwolves, 294
11) Brock Badgers, 341
12) York Lions, 344
13) Laurier Golden Hawks, 377
14) Nipissing Lakers, 400
15) Trent Excalibur, 466
Men’s Final Team Standings

1) Guelph Gryphons, 19 points 
2) McMaster Marauders, 56
3) Windsor Lancers, 77
4) Queen's Gaels, 83
5) Toronto Varsity Blues, 158
6) Lakehead Thunderwolves, 161
7) Waterloo Warriors, 232
8) Western Mustangs, 251
9) Ottawa Gee-Gees, 255
10) Laurier Golden Hawks, 257
11) York Lions, 268
12) Brock Badgers, 343
13) Nipissing Lakers, 374