Connor Black, Cross Country, Guelph

Connor Black, Cross Country, Guelph

Burlington, Ont. – Connor Black has been named IG Wealth Management Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Male Athlete of the Week, powered by Planters, for the period ending November 11, 2018.

Male Athlete of the Week – Connor Black (Forest, Ont.) – 5th Year – Guelph Gryphons

Athletes dream of being able to end their careers as a winner; something that Guelph’s Connor Black was able to play out on a frigid, gusty afternoon in Kingston.

The fifth-year captain, in his final cross-country race wearing Gryphon red, black, and gold, won the gold medal at the U SPORTS Cross Country Championships to fulfill a goal he envisioned as an incoming rookie. Black ran like it was his final performance, expending everything he had to finish the 10k race in 31:13.0, just .6 seconds ahead of Laval's Jean-Simon Desgagnes.

It was a seemingly unlikely victory for Black, who took silver at nationals a year ago. The veteran was unable to defend his OUA individual gold medal in 2017 after missing the recent conference championships with a foot injury. Black didn't run for three weeks, but got in the necessary training for his final race in Kingston. And the team leader cemented his status as a Gryphon legend with a huge kick at the end of the race to edge out the pursuing Desgagnes.

Black was named the U SPORTS Male Athlete of the Year and is the ninth Gryphon male to win a gold medal at the national championship.