first_imgStafford earned the Dr. Wendy Jerome Trophy as OUA’s most valuable performer in women’s track and field following a dominant performance at the conference championships two weeks ago.She was nothing short of golden over the two-day OUA championships. On Day 1, the Toronto native took home the 1000m title, leading the race right from the gun en route to running an impressive 2:45.48.Later that evening, she anchored her team to a 4x800m gold medal, where her relay ran a nation’s best time of 8:52.23. Stafford then came back the next day to finish the job in the 1500m, where she crossed the line first in a time of 4:28.73. University of Toronto Varsity Blues star Lucia Stafford was honoured as the female track athlete of the year as the national season award winners were announced Thursday morning prior to the start of the 2018 U SPORTS track and field championships in Windsor. “Lucia is one of the most selfless young women I have had the privilege of coaching in our program,” said Varsity Blues head coach Carl Georgevski. “She is bright, talented and she is the ultimate teammate. Lucia has clearly demonstrated that she is and will be one of the very best middle distance athletes in the country.”2017-18 U SPORTS TRACK & FIELD AWARDS Story Links MenAthlete of the Year (track events): Thomas Land, GuelphAthlete of the Year (field events): Benjamin Ingvaldson, Lethbridge  Rookie of the Year: Mark Bujowski, GuelphStudent-Athlete Community Service Award: Tyler Smith, VictoriaFor more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics.   Women Athlete of the Year (track events): Lucia Stafford, Toronto  Athlete of the Year (field events): Sarah Mitton, Windsor  Rookie of the Year: Audrey Jackson, MontrealStudent-Athlete Community Service Award: Beth Lawrence, StFX  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more