Romaniw, Gryphons are run-away OUA winners

Anthony Romaniw (Photo: OUA)

Anthony Romaniw (Photo: OUA)

Led by Hamilton native Anthony Romaniw the Guelph’s Gryphons have claimed the Ontario University Athletics Male Pizza Pizza Team of the Month for March.

Romaniw, a third-year runner, captured three medals and earned a total of 21.25 points, the most of any athlete in the competition. He was also the only athlete to capture three medals.

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 1000m race

Romaniw’s win in the 600m race, was the turning point of the meet, putting the Gryphons in flight.

The Gryphons men’s track and field team captured the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship banner in March. It was the Gryphons third national title in the last six years. Overall the Gryphons finished with 10 medals at the meet.

The Gryphons battled a spirited Windsor Lancers squad to the bitter end and were trailing their rivals with only four events remaining. Then, in a 20-minute stretch, the tides changed dramatically – between two events, the Gryphons placed a remarkable eight men in top eight positions in the shot put and 1500 metres to defeat the competition by over 20 points.

Gryphon team architect Dave Scott-Thomas won the Bob Boucher Award as CIS men’s track and field coach of the year and rookie Yves Sikubwabo (Ottawa) was named CIS rookie of the year.

The Female Team of the Month award went to the Windsor Lancers basketball squad.

The Windsor Lancer women’s basketball team claimed its third straight CIS national championship title on St. Patrick’s Day with a hard fought 66-57 win over the Regina Cougars in Regina. Windsor was playing in the championship game for the fourth straight year, and joins UBC (1971-73), Laurentian (1975-79), Victoria (1980-1982) and Winnipeg (1993-1995) as the only schools to capture three straight Bronze Baby trophies.