Guelph runner Max Davies leads pack of younger record-breakers in U Sports activities championship season

In a U Sports activities championship season crammed with record-breaking performances by younger athletes, Max Davies stood out above the remaining.

The 20-year-old middle-distance runner’s three gold medals had been the driving pressure of the Guelph Gryphons amassing a seventh consecutive males’s nationwide title on the 2024 U Sports activities Monitor & Subject Championships in Winnipeg on Mar. 9.

Whereas Davies lists his 4×800-metre relay win alongside teammates Adam Schmidt, Mason Basson and Alanzo Ryan because the spotlight of his weekend, the Toronto native additionally holds the esteemed title of the one U Sports activities record-breaker throughout the three-day occasion.

And he did it twice in each the 1,000m and 1,500m finals, now standing as the one present U Sports activities document holder in a number of occasions.

“I really feel like some individuals put an excessive amount of emphasis on the time, when at these championship meets, placement issues,” stated Davies, who helped safe 30 of Guelph’s 89 factors within the standings to edge Manitoba out by 7.5 factors for first place. “If you happen to’re occupied with the crew rating, I wished to get 10 factors to maximise our possibilities of profitable.

“After I received instructed after [about the records] I used to be clearly very joyful; it is all the time good to interrupt a document. However… while you win, that’s endlessly — and the document may very well be damaged subsequent 12 months.”

Whereas the character of observe and discipline information is to fall as athletes enhance year-over-year, what the 2024 U Sports activities male observe athlete of the 12 months achieved was uncommon.

His 1,000m document time of two minutes, 21 seconds bested a 2:22.09 document that has stood since 2012, set by Guelph’s Tommy Lecours.

And his 1,500m time of three:44.00 cleared Allan Klassen of UBC’s document that had stood for 34 years by 2.85 seconds. Three different athletes additionally bested Klassen’s mark set in 1990 in a really brisk 2024 closing.

Klassen’s document was the fourth-longest standing of the 32 occasions that comprise the U Sports activities Monitor & Subject Championships, which was solely set extra just lately than the ladies’s 600m, 1,500m, and three,000m information — all earned within the Nineteen Eighties.

Max Davies of Guelph was named the U Sports activities male observe athlete of the 12 months for his excellent 2024 season. (Dave Mahussier/College of Guelph Athletics)

Earlier than returning to Guelph for each the cross nation and observe & discipline seasons, Davies will now flip his consideration to the out of doors summer season season, the place he is hoping to push himself to run below 3:40.00 within the 1,500m on the nationwide stage.

The Canadian out of doors document within the 1,500m was set by Kevin Sullivan in Rome in 2000, with a time of three:31.71.

UNB males’s hockey caps good season

In most senses, the College of New Brunswick’s historic 30-0-0 males’s hockey season capped with a 5-0 AUS playoff run and a 3-0 nationals exhibiting was constructed on expertise, from 24-year-old championship MVP Brady Gilmour to 25-year-old AUS MVP Austen Keating, who mixed for 5 factors of their 4-0 closing victory over UQTR on Sunday.

With a median age of 23.16, the Reds had been the oldest crew on the eight-team 2024 U Sports activities College Cup in Toronto, and had been returning 20 gamers from the 2023 championship squad.

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UNB Reds full good season, defend males’s hockey title with victory over UQTR Patriotes

The New Brunswick Reds defeat the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières Patriotes 4-0 to cap off their good season and efficiently defend their College Cup championship.

However as UNB appears to be like to hold over a exceptional 47-game profitable streak throughout all competitions to subsequent season, which incorporates the primary unblemished season document since 1962/63 McMaster, there are some brisker faces they’ll proceed to lean on.

Main the cost among the many youthful members of the crew is centre Sean McGurn.

The 21-year-old’s first season with the Reds was a convincing success, with 29 factors in 30 common season video games, and the game-winning purpose of their 7-0 nationwide semifinal win over TMU.

McGurn got here into this season with large recreation pedigree, coming off of a 2023 playoff run with the London Knights the place he positioned second in playoff scoring with 10 objectives, 16 assists and 26 factors in 21 video games en path to a loss within the finals to the Peterborough Petes.

22-year-old defenceman Kale McCallum was additionally immense in his second 12 months with the Reds, and will draw curiosity from professional groups.

The Fredericton native piled up 11 objectives and 42 factors to rank second in crew scoring within the common season, and had one purpose and a plus-five ranking throughout three video games at nationals.

“There’s not a single man on this crew who is not a fantastic man,” stated McCallum to The Canadian Press. “They’re character individuals, they usually do every part they should to get the job accomplished. That is the perfect group of men I’ve ever performed with.”

Laval males’s hoops appears to be like to construct on historical past

Setting information on the other finish of the spectrum, the Laval Rouge et Or — awarded a spot within the males’s Remaining 8 basketball event in Quebec Metropolis because the host — turned the primary crew within the 61-year historical past of the nationwide championship to win a title earlier this month after ending with a convention document beneath 0.500.

The bottom profitable proportion within the regular-season by a nationwide champion heading into 2024 was 0.583 by the 7-5 Guelph Gryphons in 1974, with 6-10 Laval’s 0.375 price a far cry from the 0.889 mixed profitable proportion of the earlier 60 champions.

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Laval Rouge et Or defeat Queen’s Gaels 77-71 within the gold medal recreation of the U Sports activities males’s basketball nationwide championship.

But when how the season ended is any indication, this is not a document Laval will likely be more likely to problem going ahead.

As a crew affected by key younger contributors, that includes RSEQ rookie of the 12 months guard Willem Mwanza and third-year RSEQ first-team all-star ahead Haris Elezovic, the Rouge et Or will look to construct on a 4-2 end to the season in addition to a 3-0 run at nationals to enhance on its regular-season play subsequent 12 months in addition to its semifinal exit to Concordia within the RSEQ playoffs.

Second-year ahead Ismael Diouf stole the present as event MVP in Quebec Metropolis, recording three straight double-doubles in a 75-69 quarterfinal win over top-seed Victoria, an 85-74 victory over AUS champion Dalhousie within the semifinals, and a 77-71 win over No. 2 Queen’s within the championship – the latter of which included a career-high 26 factors.

Different younger stars throughout title season

  • A pair of second-year McMaster wrestlers in Serena DiBenedetto (girls’s 53-kg) and Gregor McNeil (males’s 68-kg) stayed good in varsity competitors this season by going 4-0 on the 2024 U Sports activities wrestling championships in Guelph, Ont., on Mar. 2, en path to nationwide gold. Brock girls’s wrestlers Mia Friesen (third-year) and Brianna Fraser (second-year) every defended their nationwide titles within the 56-kg and 83-kg courses, respectively, to go an ideal 2-0 on the nationwide stage.
  • 22-year-old Isaac Heslinga drove in a game-high 28 kills for the College of Alberta males’s volleyball crew in a 3-2 nationals closing victory over Sherbrooke on Sunday, which tied the Golden Bears with Winnipeg and Manitoba for probably the most ever at 10. Heslinga earned event MVP within the course of.
  • Second-year Jordyn Verbeek backstopped a Concordia crew that surrendered simply two objectives in three video games at nationals in Saskatoon over the weekend to turn out to be the primary U Sports activities girls’s hockey crew to win nationals with an undefeated convention document since RSEQ rival McGill achieved the feat in 2010-11.
  • Elsewhere within the U Sports activities world, Trevor Longo of the Queen’s males’s hockey crew and 36 different college students helped elevate an astounding $338,344 for the Treatment Most cancers Traditional from its seventh annual Commerce-Engineering Rivalry Recreation in Kingston, Ont., on Thursday to convey their yearly complete to $624,103. The funds raised will immediately help the Canadian Most cancers Society.
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