Sports in brief

Gaels medal in Moncton

A pair of Queen’s athletes found themselves on the podium at the Canadian track and field Championships in June.

Julie-Anne Staehli snagged the silver medal in the 3,000m women’s steeplechase at the national event, while Jeff Archer registered third in the men’s 10,000m.

The event was held in Moncton, N.B. over the June 27-29 weekend.

Staehli, the 2013 CIS women’s cross-country athlete of the year finished in 10:00.17, five seconds behind gold medalist Jessica Fulan and less than a second ahead of the third-place finisher.

Archer completed his race in 30:30.50, a full 20 seconds behind the leader.

At this year’s CIS track and field championships, Staehli won the 3,000m and came fifth in the 1,500m, with times of 9:32.91 and 4:28.97.

She also competed in Uganda at the 2014 World University Cross Country Championships, where she ranked seventh in the women’s 6km event.

University cross-country competition returns in September, beginning with the McGill Invitational on the 13th. Two weeks afterwards, the Gaels will host the Queen’s Invitational at Fort Henry.

— Brent Moore

Rugby players make FISU roster

Kainoa Lloyd and Nadia Popov will be travelling to Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil for this year’s International University Sport Federation’s rugby sevens tournament.

In Brazil, athletes will test their mettle against international competition and look to make an impression on the Canadian national team coaches.

Lloyd joined the Queen’s men’s team last season, providing a scoring boost to the OUA champion Gaels.

He drew attention early in the season after scoring three tries in a 36-18 defeat of the Western Mustangs in London. He was also a member of the Gaels’ squad that finished third at the National University Sevens Rugby Tournament.

Popov, who will play with the women’s team, left Queen’s after her first year to train with Canada’s under-20 team.

She received the Alfie Pierce Trophy for top female rookie in 2012-13, as well as the OUA Women’s Rugby Rookie of the Year award.

After veteran centre Mel Judges suffered an injury, Popov was encouraged to take on a larger role in 2012. She finished the season tied for third in total points.

The rugby sevens format typically offers a more open, fast-paced game compared to traditional 15 player-a-side games, like those in the OUA and CIS. Speed and open field tactics are valued over scrum dominance.

— Brent Moore

Quidditch bronze for Queen’s students

Two Queen’s students were part of the Canadian delegation at the Global Games International Quidditch Tournament, hosted in Burnaby, B.C. on July 19.

Chris Radojewski, MA ’14, and Andrew Kusters, Sci ’15, represented Canada in the event, based on the sport created by J.K. Rowling in the Harry Potter book series. The duo helped lead the national squad to a third-place finish.

Both Radojewski and Kusters are members of the Queen’s Quidditch Club, with Radojewski serving as the school’s competitive team’s co-coach.

Radojewski played chaser during the tournament, while Kusters served as keeper. The pair beat out over 100 other players who attended May’s eastern Canadian tryouts, held in Kingston.

The seven-team tournament featured entries from three continents. After a round of pool play, in which Canada finished third behind the American and Australian teams, the scene was set for a third-place showdown with the United Kingdom.

Canada prevailed 60-40 in the match, capturing the bronze medal, while the USA won gold.

— Sean Sutherland

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