Mac chases down bronze in X-country

LONDON – The McMaster women’s country team captured a silver medal at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport national meet at the Thames Valley Golf Course on Saturday (Nov.10). And in the process, Victoria Coates finished in third place to claim the bronze medal in the individual event.

Coates missed a silver medal finish by .7 seconds.

The Marauders men’s team finished sixth in its division.

The Guelph Gryphons women’s team took the gold medal for the eighth consecutive time and the Gryphons men’s team, claimed its seventh straight title, both results are Canadian Interuniversity Sport records. The Gryphons have now racked up 21 team titles in their prestigious history, also a CIS mark, eight more than Victoria.

In individual competition, Guelph’s Andrea Seccafien and Kelly Wiebe of the Regina Cougars captured gold medals. Seccafien was the second straight Gryphon to be crowned. Twelve months earlier current teammate Geneviève Lalonde earned the Gold medal. Wiebe became the first-ever individual champion from Regina – female or male – and shattered the course record en route to his historic win.

In the women’s five kilometre event, the Gryphons finished with 21 points, taking the top two positions and putting five runners in the top eight. Seccafien, a Guelph native in her fourth year of CIS eligibility, came on strong late in the race, making up a nine-second deficit at the halfway point to finish with a time of 17 minutes and 23 seconds.

Teammate Carise Thompson from Lynden, finished seven seconds later, while Coates made a phenomenal final push to overtake defending champion Lalonde in the final few metres and claim bronze in a time of 17:31.

Mac’s Lindsay Carson was timed in 17:45.2 to finish seventh.

McMaster placed second in the team standings with 62 points, while host Western rounded out the podium with 107.

Guelph fared just as well in the men’s 10-kilometre event placing second, third and fourth to finish with 38 points overall, well ahead of second-place Laval (101) and Windsor (104).

Wiebe, a fifth-year senior from Swift Current, Sask., led from wire-to-wire, getting in front early and only building on his lead to finish with a time of 30:21.4. It was an unprecedented time for the Thames Valley Course, shattering the previous record of 30:57.0 set by Western’s Guy Schultz in 1997.

Guelph’s Ross Proudfoot took the silver medal in 31:05.4, with teammate Aaron Hendrikx winning bronze in 31:09.4.

Scott Thomas, named both the CIS men’s and women’s coach of the year for the second straight season, was obviously thrilled with his teams’ performance.

“We were really confident, we’ve been good all season and tend to peak really well. Monday night about midway through the workout we just hit this space where you could really see we’re going to nail it. It was terrific.”

NOTE: Saturday’ s championship marked 50 years of CIS cross-country running on the men’s side. The inaugural CIS men’s championship was held in 1963, while female runners had to wait until 1980 to make their CIS debut.

Complete results:


Team standings
1. Guelph, 21 points
2. McMaster, 62
3. Western, 107
4. Victoria, 161
5. Calgary, 195
6. Windsor, 197
7. McGill, 199
8. Dalhousie, 245
9. Toronto, 260
10. Waterloo, 265
11. Queen’s, 273
12. StFX, 274
13. Trinity Western, 336
14. Laval, 366
15. Saskatchewan, 366
16. Sherbrooke, 391
17. Manitoba, 415

Individual honours
Athlete of the year: Andrea Seccafien, Guelph
Rookie of the year: Madeline Yungblut, Guelph
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Bridget Pyke, Calgary
Coach of the year: Dave Scott Thomas, Guelph

First All-Canadians (top 7 finishers)
1. Andrea Seccafien, Guelph, 17:23.4
2. Carise Thompson, Guelph, 17:30.7
3. Victoria Coates, McMaster, 17:31.4
4. Geneviève Lalonde, Guelph, 17:31.7
5. Fiona Benson, Trinity Western, 17:35.9
6. Madeline Yungblut, Guelph, 17:36.2
7. Lindsay Carson, McMaster, 17:45.2

Second All-Canadians (finishers 8-14)
8. Joanna Brown, Guelph, 17:47.2
9. Nadine Frost, Guelph, 17:47.23
10. Jen Corrick, Windsor, 17:47.9
11. Amanda Truelove, Western, 17:53.7
12. Frida Aspnaes, New Brunswick, 17.55.2
13. Maddy McDonald, McMaster, 17:55.4
14. Julie-Anne Staelhi, Queen’s, 17:58.7


Team standings
1. Guelph, 38 points
2. Laval, 101
3. Windsor, 104
4. Victoria, 131
5. Queen’s, 161
6. McMaster, 172
7. Regina, 189
8. Calgary, 207
9. Western, 266
10. Lakehead, 271
11. StFX, 285
12. Wilfrid Laurier, 299
13. Waterloo, 306
14. Trinity Western, 372
15. Sherbrooke, 430
16. McGill, 459
17. Saskatchewan, 469
18. Manitoba, 486

Individual honours
Athlete of the year: Kelly Wiebe, Regina
Rookie of the year: Dylan Brown, Lakehead
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Connor McGuire, StFX
Coach of the year: Dave Scott Thomas, Guelph

First All-Canadians (top 7 finishers)
1. Kelly Wiebe, Regina, 30:21.4
2. Ross Proudfoot, Guelph, 31:05.4
3. Aaron Hendrikx, Guelph, 31:09.9
4. Andrew Nixon, Guelph, 31:17.7
5. Dylan Brown, Lakehead, 31:22.2
6. Mat Walters, Windsor, 31:35.4
7. Yves Sikubwabo, Guelph, 31:40.9

Second All-Canadians (finishers 8-14)
8. Emmauel Boisvert, Laval, 31:51.2
9. Dylan Haight, Victoria, 31:55.7
10. Ryan Cassidy, Victoria, 32:04.7
11. Lionel Sanders, McMaster, 32:06.9
12. Nick Falk, Windsor, 32:13.4
13. Blair Johnston, Trinity Western, 32:15.7
14. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, Laval, 23:17.2