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U of Guelph sprinter Zoe Sherar wins four golds at U Sports Championships

In her five years of track with Guelph, she's won a whopping 12 national titles and 5 team titles

U Sports Track Photo by: University of Guelph Athletics

The past weekend at the 2023 Canadian U Sports Championships in Saskatoon, University of Guelph sprinter Zoe Sherar made her final university championships one to remember. Sherar won the women’s 300m outright and led her team to golds in the 4x400m and 4x200m relay, which ultimately helped the Guelph Gryphons women’s team win the overall U Sports championship for the fifth consecutive year.

Sherar’s first medal came in the women’s 300m, where she won gold for the fourth consecutive year in 37.64, finishing half a second ahead of the University of Saskatchewan’s Kendra Farmer, who was second in 38.28.

Sherar’s second gold medal of the weekend came in the 4x200m relay event, where Guelph was the heavy pre-race favourite, with 60m specialist Jacqueline Madogo and sprint-hurdles medallist Tyra Boug. The Gryphons 4×200 team finished in 1:37:53, just shy of the championship record set by almost the same team in 2022.

Her third medal came in the women’s 4x400m relay, where she anchored the Gryphon squad to her third gold, to finish ahead of Saskatchewan and Western for the top spot on the podium. 

Sherar earned 30 of Guelph’s 166 total points to win the 2023 U Sports team title for the fifth-straight indoor track season. She now has 12 U Sports gold medals and one silver, making her one of the most decorated female athletes in Guelph Gryphons history.

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Photo: University of Guelph Athletics

The 23-year-old is a tourism and hospitality major in her fifth and final year of eligibility with the University of Guelph. Last summer, Sherar represented Team Canada at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore., in the women’s 4x400m relay.

Born and raised in Toronto, Sherar comes from an athletic family; her dad, Michael Sherar, is the current Canadian masters record holder in the 800m for both the M45+ and M50+ categories.

Sherar will likely shift her focus to the outdoor track season to earn a spot on Team Canada for the 2023 World Championships in Budapest in August.

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Zoe Sherar (left) and the Canadian women’s 4x400m team at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore. Photo: Kevin Morris

Here are the full results from the 2023 U Sports Championships in Saskatoon.

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