Gryphons have Payne… and it feels great


Brantford’s Chantique Payne, a third-year student at the University of Guelph, is this week’s Ontario University Athletics female athlete of the week. Payne was outstanding this past weekend for the Gryphons’ women’s swimming team, winning gold in all six of her individual events at the OUA Invitational, held at Guelph.

She also contributed in a major way to each of her relay teams she competed on, for a total of 10 winning swims. She had impressive wins in the 50m freestyle, 50m backstroke and 50m butterfly as well as on the winning relays teams of the 4 X 25m medley relay, 4 X 50m freestyle relay and the 4 X 100m medley relays.

The male athlete of the week is Jordan Townshend. The Western pitcher threw a complete game shutout to lead the Mustangs to a series-opening win in the OUA baseball championship, which the Mustangs went on to win in two-straight games.