Romaniw is OUA’s tops in track and field

oua_logoHamilton native Anthony Romaniw is this year’s winner of the Hec Phillips Trophy as the most outstanding male performer at the recent Ontario University Athletics track and field championships.

The third-year student at the University of Guelph was a triple gold medalist at the meet, opening the two-day meet with a first place finish in the 1,000m event with a time of 2:26.41. Later that day he anchored the 4x800m gold medal winning team.

He added another gold medal to his resume on day two in the men’s 600m race with a time of 1:19.63 and then anchored the silver medal 4x800m relay team to become the highest point scorer at the championship to claim the Hec Phillips.

The Gryphons swept the OUA team banners at the championship. In addition to Romaniw’s award, the Dr. Wendy Jerome Trophy for outstanding female went to fourth-year Gryphon runner Andrea Seccafien. The Guelph native opened the two-day meet with a gold-medal finish in the women’s 3,000m event (9:37.15), defending her title from last year. She is the Canadian Interuniversity Sport No.1 ranked athlete in the 3,000m race.

Later that day she ran on the gold medal winning 4 x 800m relay (8:59.23). She earned her third gold medal of the meet in the women’s 1500m (4:28.66) on day two.

The Gryphons also boast the OUA male rookie of the year winner in Ottawa native Yves Sikuwabo. Ottawa’s Emma Galbraith is the OUA female rookie of the year.

Gryphons’ mentor Dave Scott-Thomas takes home both the 2012-13 Bob Vigars Award for male coach of the year and the Sue Wise Award as the women’s coach of the year.

Western’s Jenine McCutcheon (Thorndale, Ont.) is the winner of the female community service award. The men’s winner is Western Mustang Josh Archer (Port Elgin, Ont.).

Western’s Taylor Stewart (London) took home two gold medals from the championship and was named men’s most valuable field event player. On day one, Stewart leapt 7.69m to take top spot in the men’s long jump event. On day two, the rookie jumper earned a CIS standard jump of 14.66m in the men’s triple jump to qualify for the national championship and earn his second gold medal of the meet.

The Western Mustangs also boast the MVP of women’s field events in third-year jumper Caroline Ehrhardt. A native of Espanola, Ont., Ehrhardt won the women’s triple jump and earned a CIS standard of 12.50m in the process.

For the second year in a row Matt Walters (North Bay, Ont.) of the Windsor Lancers has been named the OUA men’s MVP of track events. Walters struck gold twice at the OUA championship. The fifth-year runner beat the pack to take first place in the men’s 3,000m (8:21:30). Walters picked up his second gold medal of the championships, winning the 1500m in a time of 3:53.06 on day two.

Varsity Blues sprinter Alicia Brown (Ottawa) is the OUA women’s MVP of track events. Brown edged out teammate and Olympian Sarah Well to finish first in the women’s 300m (38.63) to mark her first OUA individual title. Brown also anchored Toronto’s gold medal winning 4x400m relay team. Brown and her Blues teammates made their mark on the OUA record book for the second consecutive season by running an impressive 3:42:21.