Guelph men, Toronto women lead after Day 1 of OUA Track and Field championships

Guelph men, Toronto women lead after Day 1 of OUA Track and Field championships

At the end of Day One of the 2015 OUA Track and Field Championships hosted by York University at the Toronto Track and Field Centre, the Toronto Varsity Blues lead the women's standings while the Guelph Gryphons lead the men. 

The Blues have an eight-point advantage over second place Western Mustangs with 77 points. The Lions, however, need to catch up from fifth place at 41 points.

For the men's competition, the Gryphons hold a thin three-point advantage over second place Windsor Lancers with 73 points. The Lions are following closely at third place with 58 points. 

The Lions dominated the men's weight throw as Eric Brathwaite (Brampton, Ont.) defended his title with a distance of 19.59m, beating his own record of 19.57m from 2014. Chris Preece (Cookstown, Ont.) won bronze with a distance of 18.12m, while Anojan Sivalingam (Scarborough, Ont.) finished fifth with a distance of 15.03m. 

Gabriela Stafford of the Toronto Varsity Blues won gold in the women's 1000m event with a time of 2:44.80 and the Gryphons took silver and bronze through Katelyn Ayers and Sophie Watts, respectively. 

Alex Ullman of the Lancers won first place in the men's 1000m event with a time of 2:24.94. The Blues achieved silver through Sacha Smart, while the Lancers grabbed third place through Corey Bellemore.

The Gryphons were boosted with their finishing positions in both the women's 3000m event. Heather Petrick and Katrina Allison won second and third place in the women's event while Blues' Sasha Gollish won gold. On the men's side, the Gryphons swept the event with Ross Proudfoot finishing first, Aaron Hendrikx second and Chris Dulhanty third.

The Western Mustangs achieved gold in the men's long jump with Anthony Dandie winning gold. The Lancers finished second and third place through Arren Young and Branden Wilhelm, respectively. The Lions took the following three spots with Richard Jansen (Bradford, Ont.), Charles Akomolafe (Brampton, Ont.) and Nick Fyffe (Vancouver, B.C.). 

The Blues won first place in both the men's and women's 60m hurdles through Greg MacNeill and Hayley Warren. Warren's 8.12-second mark broke a 30-year OUA record set by York's Karen Nelson in 1984. 

Maggie Hanlon of the Blues took gold in the women's 300m event. The Lions' Sheereen Harris (Toronto) and Christy Ihumaegbo (East York, Ont.) won silver and bronze.

In the men's 300m, Ayo Agusto (Toronto) beat Gryphon's Brandon Shirk in the final stretch in their timed heat to win the gold. Shirk ended up with the bronze; while Bismark Boateng (Toronto) won silver. Jameel Brown (Brampton, Ont.) finished fifth place, earning the Lions a total of 22 points from this event alone. 

In the women's 300m ambulatory event, Leah Robinson of the Gryphons won first place with a time of 51.75 seconds, while Lancers Virginia McLachlan followed with 56.87 seconds.

The Lancers struck gold in the men's 4x800m relay with an OUA record-breaking 7:30.61, beating the Blues record from 1991. The Gryphons won second place while the McMaster Marauders finished third. The Lions managed to finish at fifth place with a record of 7:58.88. 

The Blues set a new women's 4x800m relay record by over 10 seconds 8:37.18, which beat the Lancers mark from 2011. The Gryphons won silver while the Ottawa Gee-Gees finished with bronze.

Another record was set as the Mustangs Robin Bone leaped 4.21m in the pole vault, beating York's Heather Hamilton's mark from 2010. Sarah Swain of the Lancers and Samantha Allegro of the Gryphons made the same record of 3.87m, but Swain came up on top with silver. 

The Lions Brittany Crew (East York, Ont.) beat her own meet record from a year ago with a throw of 16.11m in the shot put. She was the only athlete to break the 16 metre mark as Sarah Mitton of the Lancers won silver and Ashley Connell of the Gryphons won bronze. 

Caroline Ehrhardt of the Mustangs finished on top in the women's long jump event with a leap of 5.96 meters. Emily Omahen of the Lancers and Julia Stille of the Blues finished second and third, respectively. The Lions' Holly Pitters (Mississauga, Ont.) finished fourth with a record of 5.69 meters. 

Danielle Delage of the Blues achieved the gold medal with 3805 points in the women's indoor pentathlon, leading in the high jump, long jump and 800m event. The Mustangs managed to grab second, third and fourth place to contribute 19 points to the team's championship bid. Tracey Edwards (Ottawa, Ont.) recorded 2812 points to contribute one point to the Lions. 

In the men's indoor pentathlon event, James Turner of the Blues made first place with 4090 points. Lancer's Jesse Drennan finished with silver at 3847. Taylor Corney of the Gryphons made bronze with 3818 points.


Women's Standings (After Day 1)

1. Toronto – 77

2. Western – 69

3. Guelph – 68

4. Windsor – 58.50

5. York – 41 

6. Ottawa – 18.50

7. Waterloo – 8

8. Laurentian – 4

9. Queen's – 3

10. McMaster – 1 


Men's Standings (After Day 1)

1. Guelph – 73

2. Windsor – 70

3. York – 58

4. Toronto – 46

5. Western – 38

6. McMaster – 14

7. Lakehead – 5

8. Ottawa – 3

T9. Brock – 2

T9. Waterloo – 2

11. Queen's – 1


Men's Weight Throw

1. Eric Brathwaite, York Lions (19.59m)

2. Jared Skeath, Guelph (18.40m)

3. Chris Preece, York Lions (18.12m)


Women's 1000m

1. Gabriela Stafford (2:44.80)

2. Katelyn Ayers, Guelph (2:47.64)

3. Sophie Watts, Guelph (2:47.67)


Men's 1000m

1. Alex Ullman, Windsor (2:24.94)

2. Sacha Smart, Toronto (2:25.03)

3. Corey Bellemore, Windsor (2:25.09)


Men's Long Jump

1. Anthony Dandie, Western (7.23m)

2. Arren Young, Windsor (7.15m)

3. Branden Wilhelm, Windsor (7.13m)


Women's 3000m

1. Sasha Gollish, Toronto (9:21.58)

2. Heather Petrick, Guelph (9:27.59)

3. Katrina Allison, Guelph (9:28.11)


Men's 3000m

1. Ross Proudfoot, Guelph (8:19.03)

2. Aaron Hendrikx, Guelph (8:19.56)

3. Chris Dulhanty, Guelph (8:20.42)


Women's Pole Vault

1. Robin Bone, Western (4.21m)

2. Sarah Swain, Windsor (3.87m)

3. Samantha Allegro, Guelph (3.87m)


Men's 60m Hurdles

1. Greg MacNeill, Toronto (7.79)

2. Isoken Ogieva, Western (7.96)

3. Matthew Brisson, Windsor (8.16)


Women's 60m Hurdles

1. Hayley Warren, Toronto (8.12) – OUA Record

2. Sarah Swain, Windsor (8.47)

3. Devyani Biswal, Ottawa (8.66)


Women's 300m

1. Maggie Hanlon, Toronto (39.42)

2. Sheereen Harris, York (39.68)

3. Christy Ihumaegbo, York (39.69)


Men's 300m

1. Ayo Agusto, York (34.23)

2. Bismark Boateng, York (34.76)

3. Brandon Shirk, Guelph (34.85)


Women's Long Jump

1. Caroline Ehrhardt, Western (5.96m)

2. Emily Omahen, Windsor (5.80m)

3. Julia Stille, Toronto (5.73m)


Women's Shot Put

1. Brittany Crew, York (16.11m) – OUA Record

2. Sarah Mitton, Windsor (14.39m)

3. Ashley Connell, Guelph (14.19m)


Women's 4x800m Relay

1. Toronto (8:37.18) – OUA Record

2. Guelph (8:56.65)

3. Ottawa (8:58.73)


Men's 4x800m Relay

1. Windsor (7:30.61) – OUA Record

2. Guelph (7:36.10)

3. McMaster (7:50.02)


Women's Pentathlon

1. Danielle Delage, Toronto (3805)

2. Kaleigh Hole, Western (3631)

3. Sarah Villani, Western (3400)


Men's Pentathlon

1. James Turner, Toronto (4090)

2. Jesse Drennan, Windsor (3847)

3. Taylor Corney, Guelph (3818)