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Sumner, MacDougall lift women's cross country team to U SPORTS silver medal

"USPORTS Women's Cross Country race 2017"
Queen's Gaels runners Claire Sumner, centre, and Branna MacDougall, right, start off the U SPORTS women's cross country race Sunday in Victoria, B.C. Sumner finished second and MacDougall was third as they led the Gaels team to a silver medal. (Photo courtesy APShutter.com)

A quick roundup of Queen’s Gaels athletes and teams in action over the weekend:

CROSS COUNTRY

The Queen’s Gaels women's cross country team finished with a team U SPORTS silver medal thanks to the second and third overall performances from Claire Sumner and Branna MacDougall on a wet Sunday in Victoria, B.C. Eric Wynands led the men’s team placing seventh and helping the team finish in fifth place.

The women’s cross country team finished with two of the top three podium positions as Sumner took the silver medal in a time of 27:45.95 and MacDougall finished with bronze in a time of 27:50.56. Toronto Varsity Blues runner Sasha Gollish won in a time of 27:36.27.

As a team, the Gaels took the national silver meda. Along with the impressive results from Sumner and MacDougall, the Gaels saw Molly Steer place 25th in 30:06.03, Taylor Sills finish 30th in 30:19.16 and Amy Stephenson placing 32nd in 30:19.35. 

The team finished with a total of 92 points while first-place Toronto had 73. Both Sumner and MacDougall were recognized as first-team All-Canadians with their placings.

On the men’s side, Wynands also earned first-team All-Canadian honours with a time of 31:42.25. Mark Schmidt was 32nd at 32:14.60, Rob Kanko 33rd at 32:15.61, Alex Wilkie was close behind in 35th at 32:16.76, and Brett Crowley was 38th in a time of 32:21.39.

The individual champion was Yves Sikubwabo from Laval and the Guelph Gryphons were the team champions.

MEN’S RUGBY

The Queen's Gaels men’s rugby team capped off an undefeated season with a convincing 62-17 win over the Guelph Gryphons to claim the OUA banner and Turner Trophy.

The Gaels scored early and often in the opening half, as Alex Colborne kicked a penalty goal two minutes in and Kainoa Lloyd added a try for a 10-0 lead.

After a penalty goal by the Gryphons, Dyaln Young, Mhai Rusu and Lloyd added tries to put the Gaels up 29-3 after 40 minutes.

The Gaels kept up the scoring pace in the second half and were up 43-3 before the Gryphons scored a try 60 minutes in. Lloyd later capped off the afternoon for Queen’s with his third try.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

The No. 10 Queen’s Gaels (6-2-0-1) defeated the Western Mustangs (4-1-2-1) 4-0 on Sunday as goalie Stephanie Pascal picked up her second shutout of the season with 29 saves.

Hailey Wilson, Katrina Manoukarakis, Addi Halladay and Emily Gervais scored for the Gaels.

On Saturday the Gaels scored a 3-2 shootout victory at Windsor (0-1-6-1) on a clinching goal from Manoukarakis.

The Gaels got goals from Taylor Hicks and Wilson in regulations as Makenzy Arsenault got the win in net.

MEN’S HOCKEY

The Queen’s Gaels (4-3-3) dropped a 4-1 decision to the No. 10 Carleton Ravens (8-1-1) on Saturday night.

After falling behind 2-0 Graem Bron put the Gaels on the board with a powerplay marker but the Ravens replied and added an empty-netter.

On Friday, the Gaels fell 4-2 to the UOIT Ridgebacks (3-5-1). The Gales fell behind early and made it close with goals from Ryan Bloom and Slater Doggett in the third period.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

The No. 10 Queen’s Gaels (4-0) took down the Algoma Thunderbirds (0-5) 72-59 to stay undefeated on the season.

Abby Dixon led the way with 15 points and Andrea Primo added nine more. Two-sport athlete Sophie de Goede had eight points in her first game since finishing the rugby season.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (3-1) picked up a road victory over the Algoma Thunderbirds (0-5) 97-89 on Friday.

Jaz Bains once again led all scorers with 33 points. Tanner Graham, Mike Shoveller, and Quinton Gray added 19, 16 and 11 points respectively.

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels (3-1) came back from a 2-1 deficit to take down the Waterloo Warriors (3-3) in five sets on Saturday, 19-25, 25-17, 32-34, 25-23 and 15-11.

The Gaels fell behind after a marathon third set that featured a combined 66 points but were able to rally to claim the final two sets. Setter Zane Grossinger recorded an incredible 56 assists in the match and Markus Trence had 27 kills.

On Friday, the Gaels swept the Guelph Gryphons (2-3) in straight sets 25-23, 25-15, 25-16. Trence led the way with 15 kills, two aces and four blocks.

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen’s Gaels (4-1) picked up an impressive victory on Saturday over the Waterloo Warriors (3-3), winning in four sets, 29-27, 25-17, 22-25, and 25-11.

Olivia Van Baaren had a big night with 20 kills, three aces and three blocks while teammate Shannon Neville added 17 kills.

On Friday the Gaels needed five sets to get past the GuelphGryphons, 25-11, 20-25, 22-25, 25-22, and 15-7.

After falling behind two sets to one, the Gaels rallied to claims the final two sets and the win.

Shannon Neville finished with 14 kills and four aces while Sierra Hardy had 39 assists.