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Wrestler, runner are top Gryphons

Wrestler Kelsey Gsell and runner Ross Proudfoot have been named the University of Guelph’s female and male athletes of the year, respectively.

Gsell, of Saskatoon, went undefeated on the mat during the 2013-2014 season, winning gold at both the CIS and OUA championships, in the women’s 82kg category.

She also earned the President’s Award for excellence in academics at the awards ceremony, which took place on Thursday night.

Proudfoot, of Sudbury, won OUA silver and was named a cross-country OUA first-team all-star, and CIS first-team All Canadian. During the indoor track and field season, he won two golds at the OUA championship and a gold and silver at the CIS championship.

Katelyn Ayers (Orillia), who competed for the Gryphons in both women’s lacrosse  and track and field, earned the Dr. Mary Beverley-Burton Female Rookie of the Year Award.

Tristan Woodfine (Cobden, Ont.), from the cross-country and track and field teams, was named Scott Yanchus Male Rookie of the Year.

Other major award winners at the event: Andrew Nixon cross-country and track and field, male President’s Trophy; Amy Wise, field hockey, W.F. Mitchell Sportswoman; Robbie Murphy, men’s soccer, W.F. Mitchell Sportsman; Jessica Pinkerton, women’s hockey, Shirley Peterson Award; Aaron Hendrikx, cross-country and track and field, Don Cameron Award; Justin Interisano, baseball, Fred Ramprashad Award; Rachel Simpson, women’s hockey, Cathy Rowe Manager of the Year; Eleni Brennan, men’s hockey, Dr. James MacLachlan Trainer of the Year.

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