Gaels capture national championships
The Gaels had a busy championship weekend with the men’s curling team capturing the national title, Matt Hulse winning gold and silver in the track and field finals, and the men’s volleyball team finishing fifth at their CIS tournament.
Led by skip Jonathan Beuk, the Gaels men’s curling team defeated the UPEI Panthers 7-6 to win the Canadian University Curling Championships Sunday afternoon.
The two teams were tied at three after five ends. The Gaels scored two points in the sixth end and held the Panthers to a single in the seventh end. Another two points in the eighth end gave Queen’s some breathing room but UPEI responded with two of their own in the ninth to put the pressure on the Gaels coming home. But with the hammer in their possession, the Gaels were able to run the Panthers out of rocks and capture the national championship.
The victory also means that Queen’s will represent Canada at the 2011 FISU Winter Universiade in Erzurum, Turkey. That event is scheduled to run from January 26 to February 7, 2011.
Track and Field
Third year physical and health education major Matt Hulse won the Men’s 1000m event Friday evening at the CIS Track and Field Championships in Windsor. Mr. Hulse ran a time 2 minutes, 25.08 seconds to edge out Matt Walters of the University of Windsor by 26/100ths of a second. Michael Del Monte from the University of Toronto finished third in a time of 2:25.37.
On Saturday, Mr. Hulse wrapped up his spectacular season by winning a silver medal in the men’s 1500m. He finished in a time of three minutes, 50.94 seconds, which was a second and a half behind Kyle Boorsma of the Guelph Gryphons.
In the overall team standings, the Queen’s men, thanks to 18 points from Mr. Hulse, finished in 10th place with 28 points. The women’s team finished 17th with 11 points.
The Gaels Men’s Volleyball team finished fifth at the weekend’s CIS Championship.
The Gaels lost to Trinity Western in the first match of the tournament on Friday, and beat Montreal on Saturday. They defeated Thompson River on Sunday 3-2 to claim fifth place. The result duplicates Queen’s best-ever finish at the CIS Championship when they placed fifth at the 2005-06 tournament. The University of Calgary went undefeated in the tournament to capture their first CIS Men’s Volleyball Championship in 17 years.
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