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Sumner takes gold in OUA cross country race

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Claire Sumner of the Queen's Gaels races to the finish line to win gold at the OUA Cross Country Championship while teammate Julie-Anne Staehli sprints to take the bronze Saturday in Etobicoke. (Photo by Marin Bazyl0

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

CROSS COUNTRY

With individual gold and bronze, Claire Sumner and Julie-Anne Staehli led the Queen’s Gaels women to a team silver, while the men finished in fifth at the OUA Cross Country Championships held in Etobicoke on Sunday.

The winner of the Queen's Invitational two weeks ago, Sumner kept her streak going, finishing the 6-km race in a time of 20:16.7. Close behind, Gaels teammate Staehli claimed the bronze with a time of 20:18.6. With two podium finishes, Queen's claimed the team silver medal, with Shannen Murray placing 17th, Beatrice Cigagna 18th, and Taylor Sills 19th.

Guelph claimed the championship with 46 points, followed by Queen's with 58, and Toronto with 63 points.  

In the 10-km race on the men's side, Queen's finished with 109 points in fifth place, led by Eric Wynands in 10th spot individually. Mark Schmidt 20th, was next for the Gaels followed by Millar Coveney in 22nd, Robert Kanko in 24th and Gavin Hatheway in 33rd. Teams from Western, Windsor, and Guelph led the way.

ROWING

The Gaels finished the OUA Championship with team silver for the women and a fifth-place finish for the men at the Royal Canadian Henley Rowing Course in St. Catharines.

On the women's side, Queen's collected silver medals in the heavy 2-, heavy 2x, lightweight 8+, and the heavy 8+. The Gaels also collected bronze medals in the women's lightweight 4+ and the men's heavy 2x.

Western won both the women’s and men’s titles.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

The Gaels defeated the No. 9 Ottawa Gee-Gees 1-0 in a hard-fought game that required extra time that sees them advance to the OUA Final Four.

Laura Callender received the ball with her back to goal about 10 yards out, made a great turn to shake her defender, and made no mistake to find the back of the net in 109th minute.

“I was just trying to get shots on target at that point and as soon as Matija (Skoko) put a great ball in, I just tried to square up and put the ball in” says Callender. “It was a really awesome win and I think a challenge like this has given us great confidence going into the next game.”

The Gaels open OUA Final Four next weekend, with OUA medals and a spot in the national championship on the line, against the Western Mustangs.

MEN'S SOCCER

The Queen's Gaels men’s soccer team battled the No. 3 Ryerson Rams through 120 minutes, ultimately falling 1-0 in extra time Sunday in the OUA quarterfinal.

In extra time, first-year Gaels keeper Alex Jones saved a penalty kick to keep it scoreless. However, with eight minutes left in the second half of extra time, Ryerson netted the winner and Queen's couldn't find an answer, ending the Gaels season.

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

The Queen's Gaels (3-0-3-0) earned a weekend split with a 3-0 win over Toronto (2-0-3-0) on Saturday and a 3-1 loss at the hands of the No. 6 Guelph Gryphons (3-1-1-1) on Sunday.

Against Toronto, Addi Halladay netted a pair of goals and Megan Farrell added the third while Stephanie Pascal made 17 saves for the shutout. On Sunday, Emily Jukosky scored the lone goal for the Gaels.

MEN'S HOCKEY

The Queen's Gaels (5-2-1) finished the weekend with a win and a loss beating the Laurier Golden Hawks (3-4-1) 4-3 in a shootout Saturday and falling 5-2 to the Waterloo Warriors (2-2-2) on Friday.
 
Eric Ming, Ted Hunt and Warren Steele scored for the Gaels in regulation against Laurier while Slater Doggett and Spencer Abraham found the net in the shootout.

On Friday, fell behind early and were unable to catch the Warriors. Graeme Brown and Ming scored for the Gaels.

WOMEN'S RUGBY

The No.7 Gaels finished their 2016 playoffs with a 27-20 loss against the Western Mustangs, placing fourth in the OUA playoffs. 

The Mustangs led 17-10 at the half before the Gaels closed the gap with an early try following the break. But the Mustangs would hold on and beat the Gaels for the OUA bronzer for the third straight season.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels (1-0) took on the Trent Excalibur (0-1) in Trent's debut game in OUA play with the Gaels winning in three straight sets. 

After a shaky opening set for the debutants, the Excalibur found their footing but the Gaels were able to win in a sweep 25-9, 25-21, 27-25.

MEN'S VOLLEYBALL

The Queen's Gaels (1-0) hosted the Trent Excalibur (0-1) in their OUA season opener, the first for the Excalibur, and dominated, winning in three straight sets 25-9, 25-10, 25-12.

The Gaels’ Joel Rudd had a strong debut and finished with a hitting percentage of .900 with nine massive kills in the match.