Gryphon Invitational/Track and Field

Tuesday, January 10, 2006


Written by David Scott-Thomas & Chuck Wight


With the tournament title already captured prior to the start of the game, the Bluewater Jr. Hawks made it a perfect 3-0 record with a gritty 3-2 win over the host Guelph Gryphons. The first period saw Guelph take a 1-0 lead off of a powerplay goal by Arden Sullivan (London, ON). Bluewater took a 2-1 lead after two periods off goals by Carolyne Prevost and Blair Kitlar.

The third period had Guelph tie the game with some great determination by Kaitlin Hilliker (Ridgeway, ON). Bluewater found the net with just under nine minutes to go in the third period to take the 3-2 lead. The goal was scored by Randi Wilson. In the last minute of play, Guelph had the empty net for an extra attacker, and had pressure in the Bluewater end, but couldn't find the equalizer before time expired. Aleisha Lusk stopped 34 shots for the Gryphons and was named the game MVP. The MVP of the game for Bluewater was Carolyne Prevost who had a goal and two assists.

The tournament All-Star team was announced at the conclusion of the game:

FORWARD: Kate Allgood, Brock Badgers

FORWARD: Mallory Deluce, Bluewater Jr. Hawks

FORWARD: Brayden Ferguson, St. Francis Xavier X-Women

DEFENCE: Hayley Anso, Guelph Gryphons.

DEFENCE: Sarah Foley, St. Francis Xavier X-Women

GOALIE: Aleisha Lusk, Guelph Gryphons

The Guelph Gryphons want to thank the teams for participating and the many volunteers that made the tournament a great success.

Up next for the Gryphons is the continuation of the OUA league games. Guelph will travel to Brock on January 13th to battle the Badgers. Game time is 7:40pm at the Merriton Arena in St. Catherines, ON. On January 15th, Guelph will host Queens. Game time is 2:00pm, at the Gryphon Centre. The second half of the OUA schedule will be exciting, as there are only 10 points separating second to ninth spot.

Sharon Anderson Memorial Track Meet (UT)

After winning 6 medals in field events at the CIS champs in Winnipeg in '05, it was clear that the Gryphons were growing beyond their reputation as solely a middle-distance powerhouse.

That movement was solidified on the week-end at the Sharon Anderson Memorial hosted by UofT. This was the first full meet of the season and the Gryphs came away with some outstanding performances.

Transfer Teo Schwartzentruber is making a huge impact in his first season with the Gryphs. He blasted a throw of 16.85 in the 35lb weight throw early on Saturday morning. This mark set a new Gryphon and OUA record and is the farthest throw ever in the CIS outside of CanWest - a conference where the event has been contested for decades vs. the rest of the CIS where it is only a few years old. This puts Teo in a great position to become the first ever non-CanWest athlete to grab a medal at the CIS championships. Teo then backed this up with a remarkable personal best throw in the shot put of 15.01m, which also qualifies him for the CIS champs and ranks him #2 in the Gryphon All-Time list.

On the women's side, sophomore Steph Jackson showed she is finding a good fit with Jim Wardle's coaching. Steph broke the school record in both the 20lb weight throw and in the shot put with marks of 12.76 and 13.46. This will punch her ticket to the champs in Saskatoon, where she is poised to be one of the major threats in the CIS in both events.

Coach Zoltan Tenke has quietly built one of the strongest programs in the CIS in women's jumps. The Gryphons swept the long jump on the week-end with Neb Zachariah and Michelle Moody, both medalists in other events at last year's champs, leaping 5.54 and 5.53 respectively to move to #'s 2 and 3 on the Gryphon All-time list behind multiple All-Canadian Heather Loree. Sophomore jumper Mary Lynch grabbed bronze with a huge pb of 5.39. Neb came back a couple hours later with a win in the triple jump, soaring 11.69 and giving proof that a defense of her rookie win last year is full on.

Our young pole vault crew shattered the top 5 list with rookie Andrew Debus moving to #2 with a 4.37 and Richard Vaughan becoming just the third Gryphon ever over 4m with a fine 4.07 - outstanding given that he had not ever picked up a pole until one year ago. Sophomore Steph Radu also moved to #2 on the Gryphon list with a 3.17m jump, moving very close to nailing a CIS mspot.

The Gryphons next compete at Windsor's Can-Am Classic.

Gryphon of the Week Nominees
Teo Schwartzentruber
Steph Jackson

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