Canada West Athletes of the Week: Jennifer Castillo, Kelly Wiebe

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November 13, 2012, EDMONTON – CIS women’s soccer Tournament MVP Jennifer Castillo (Trinity Western) and men’s CIS cross country individual gold medalist Kelly Wiebe (Regina) are the Canada West Athletes of the Week.

FEMALE: #21 Jennifer Castillo, Trinity Western (soccer)

Led by Jennifer Castillo the Trinity Western University women’s soccer team won the CIS championship with a 1-0 (4-2pk) win over the Queen’s University Gaels. In the process third year Spartan defender was named the CIS championship tournament most valuable player.

The Human Kinetics major helped the Spartans to three straight wins with their defence only allowing one goal against in 300 minutes of play for a 0.33 goals against average, which was also the team’s average during the Canada West season.

In addition to her standout defensive play Castillo also had three shots for the tournament, including the game winner in the Spartans 2-1 opening round victory over the Laurier Golden Hawks.

Castillo and her fellow Spartans, who concluded the season with an impressive 17-1-0 record in Canada West conference and CIS championship play, earned Trinity Western their fourth CIS Gladys Bean memorial trophy and their third in the past five years. With the championship win the Spartans are now within striking distance of the CIS women’s soccer championship title record of five, which is currently held by the UBC Thunderbirds.

MALE: Kelly Wiebe, Regina (cross country)

Regina Cougars fifth-year runner Kelly Wiebe became the first University of Regina runner to win the CIS Cross Country Championship on Saturday, crushing a course record with a 10K time of 30:21 at the Thames Valley Golf Course in London, Ont.

Wiebe simply blew away the rest of the field, finishing 44 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. He becomes the first Canada West runner to become the CIS individual champion since 2006, when Calgary’s Geoffrey Kerr placed first at nationals.

“Kelly’s run at nationals was one of the most impressive performances I’ve ever seen at a cross country competition,” Cougar track & field and cross country head coach Bruce McCannel said. “On a tough course, he broke away from everyone else from the gun and ran the whole thing without the aid of a pack.”

Wiebe broke the old course record of 30:57 by 36 seconds. His performance helped the Cougars place second in the Canada West standings and seventh in the overall CIS team standings.

Next Athletes of the Week: Tuesday, November 20

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