CIS athletes of the week (#10): Cross country champs Seccafien, Wiebe honoured

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OTTAWA (CIS) – Cross-country runners Andrea Seccafien fromthe University of Guelph and Kelly Wiebe from the University ofRegina are the CIS female and male athletes of the week for theperiod ending Nov. 11, 2012.

Seccafien, a fourth-year student from Guelph, Ont., won theindividual gold medal at the CIS championships and helped theGryphon women extend their CIS-record streak with an eighthconsecutive team banner, Saturday in London, Ont.

The 5-foot-1senior came from behind to finish the five-kilometre race in 17minutes and 23.4 seconds, a full seven seconds ahead of teammateCarise Thompson. Guelph placed five runners in the top eight toscore only 21 points and claim the women’s team title by acommanding 41-point margin.

Acadia basketball player Kristy Moore, Montreal swimmerGabrielle Soucisse and Trinity Western soccer player JenniferCastillo were also nominated for the women’s award.

Wiebe, a fifth-year engineering and applied science student fromSwift Current, Sask., led the men’s 10-kilometre event fromwire-to-wire on his way to a remarkable 44-second victory overGuelph’s Ross Proudfoot. The 6-foot-1 veteran crossed thefinish line in a course-record time of 30:21.4, easily shatteringthe previous Thames Valley Golf Course mark of 30:57.0 set byWestern’s Guy Schultz in 1997. Wiebe, who had won bronzemedals in 2009 and 2010, became the first member of the Cougars– male or female – to capture individual gold at theCIS meet.

UPEI basketball player Geoff Doane, UQTR soccer player GuillaumeSurot and Guelph cross-country runner Ross Proudfoot were the othermale nominees.

Female nominees:
AUS: Kristy Moore, basketball, Acadia
RSEQ: Gabrielle Soucisse, swimming, Montreal
OUA: Andrea Seccafien, cross country, Guelph(recipient)
CWUAA: Jennifer Castillo, soccer, Trinity Western

Male nominees:
AUS: Geoff Doane, basketball, UPEI
RSEQ: Guillaume Surot, soccer, UQTR
OUA: Ross Proudfoot, cross country, Guelph
CWUAA: Kelly Wiebe, cross country, Regina(recipient)

-CIS-

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