Hamilton native Anthony Romaniw had a field day at the track portion of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport track and field championships on the weekend (March 8-10) in Edmonton.
The third-year runner for the Guelph Gryphons captured three medals in leading the men’s track and field team to a first-place finish at the 2013 CIS finale. Romaniw tallied 21.25 points, the most of any athlete in the competition and was also the only athlete to capture three medals to secure his OUA honour.
The Human Kinetics student won gold and broke the school record in the men’s 600m with a time of 1:18.20. He also won gold as a member of the 4x800m relay, running the first leg as the Gryphons crossed the line in 7:31.62, a full two seconds ahead of the previous school record.
In addition, he earned a silver medal in the men’s 1,000m race. Romaniw’s victory in the 600m race, was the turning point of the meet, putting the Gryphons in flight as they overtook the Windsor Lancers with a fantastic final day to win their third national title in the last six years.
The OUA’s Female Athlete of the Week is Alicia Brown of the Toronto Varsity Blues track and field squad.
Brown a fifth-year veteran, won three gold medals in leading the Varsity Blues women’s track and field team to a silver-medal finish at the CIS championships. The Ottawa native helped Toronto’s 4×200 relay team to a CIS and Canadian record, running a 24.1 second split to cross the finish line in 1:36.53. Brown then anchored the 4x400m relay team to a first-place finish, also on Saturday night, finishing in 3:42.90.
Brown opened the weekend with a gold medal in the women’s 300m on Friday night, crossing the finish line in 38.63 seconds. The Varsity Blues finished second at the CIS championship, 3.50 points shy of first-place Calgary.