Lucia Stafford named Varsity Blues’, OUA’s and CIS’s Athlete of the Week

Lucia Stafford

Lucia Stafford wins her first university race. (Credit: Varsity Blues)

U of T soccer defender Lukas MacNaughton and rookie runner Lucia Stafford (Year 1 TrackOne) were named the Varsity Blues male and female athletes of the week for the period ending September 25.

“Stafford wins!” is not an uncommon phrase in the world of Varsity Blues athletics, but this time it was 2016 Olympian Gabriela Stafford‘s sister, Lucia, doing the winning.

In her first-ever race as a Varsity Blue, rookie standout Lucia Stafford won the Western International cross country invitational in a time of 17:04.5, finishing almost a full five seconds ahead of Guelph’s Katelyn Ayers.

Stafford led the Blues to a second-place team finish, just 21 points behind the 11-time OUA champion Guelph Gryphons…(read more)

Stafford was also named the Investors Group OUA Athlete of the Week and the Canadian InterUniversity Sport’s (CIS) Athlete of the Week.