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Westaway takes double gold, helps Guelph to a U Sports sweep

Guelph takes men's and women's titles at the U Sports championships

Jenna Westaway won both the 1,000m and 1,500m at the 2019 U Sports Championships this past Friday and Saturday in Winnipeg. Westaway has had a banner 2019 indoor season, and the new Canadian indoor 1,000m and 800m record-holder capped it all off by setting the U Sports 1,000m record and the facility record on Friday. She followed up that performance with an anchor leg run in the 4x800m relay where her team also took gold. 

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Then on Saturday, Westaway won the 1,500m in 4:18.17, narrowly beating out Courtney Hufsmith of Saskatchewan, who finished second in 4:18.66. Julianne LaBach, also of Saskatchewan, had a very impressive meet, winning the 600m and placing second to Westaway in the 1K and fifth in the 1,500m. That’s a lot of running in one weekend. 

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On the men’s distance side Jack Sheffar was the standout, finally capturing U Sports gold in the men’s 3,000m and 1,500m. The University of Western Ontario fifth-year student has a history of mishaps at national championships. He dealt with sickness at the 2018 championships and a lap-counting issue in 2017. At the 2017 championship, Connor Black of Guelph and Sheffar noticeably picked up the pace in what they, and possibly other runners in the race, figured was the final lap. The only problem was that the two battled to the line having only completed 2,800m.

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The University of Guelph took both the men’s and women’s team titles for the second consecutive year. Dave Scott-Thomas, the head coach at Guelph, was named the Fox 40 Coach of the Year.

Complete results can be found here