Speed River and the University of Guelph Gryphons have been known for developing athletes interested in the 800 meters and longer distances. As a result of building most of their legacy off of those events, they have been dubbed a “distance school” in the process. However, anyone who has been paying attention to university sports in Canada, has probably noticed that there is a change happening. The Gryphons have experienced a redistribution or augmentation of team points as they’ve been consistently getting incredible scoring opportunities in the sprint events with the red, black and gold taking key podium spots in events like the 60 meter dash (Podium finishes were earned on both the men’s and women’s side), the 60 hurdles (where they won first and second in last years men’s race) and the sprint relays. In the space of just a few years Guelph has gone from “a distance school” to a bit of a powerhouse when it comes to sprinting. This week, we’re going to take a look at a sprint program, it’s driving culture, and the persistence and passion of a young coach with a vision.
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