Mark Patton, Cross Country, Guelph

Mark Patton, Cross Country, Guelph

Burlington, Ont. – Mark Patton has been named IG Wealth Management Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Male Athlete of the Week, powered by Planters, for the period ending September 23, 2018.

Male Athlete of the Week – Mark Patton (Fergus, Ont.) – 4th Year – Guelph Gryphons

The Guelph Gryphons men's cross country team is loaded with talent and this week’s OUA Athlete of the Week Patton is among the best for the defending OUA and U SPORTS team champions.

The fourth-year runner made his cross country season debut at the Western International Invitational this weekend and had a huge performance, finishing first among a massive field of 175 runners at the Thames Valley Golf Course. Patton was part of a big pack up front and was a few spots from away from the leader with 300 metres left before turning it on to outkick all of his fellow competitors and finish in a course-record time of 24:15.

It was an incredible opening race and a result that helped push the Gryphon men into first place in the team event.