CIS athletes of the week (#9): Queen’s Roote, Laval’s Philibert-Thiboutot honoured


OTTAWA (CIS) – Kayla Roote, a rugby player fromQueen’s University, and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, across-country runner from Laval University, are the CanadianInteruniversity Sport female and male athletes of the week for theperiod ending Oct. 27, 2013.

Roote, a fourth-year kinesiology student from Peterborough,Ont., scored 10 points on a pair of tries last Saturday to lead thevisiting Gaels to their first-ever OUA title thanks to a 19-15gold-medal win over the five-time defending conference championGuelph Gryphons.

The 5-foot-9 eightman crossed the try line once inthe first half to give Queen’s a 12-5 advantage at the breakand again in the second period to make it 19-10 after the localshad pulled to within two points, at 12-10. Roote, who had scoredthree tries in five games in the regular season, now hopes to guidethe Gaels to their first Monilex Trophy triumph this week in QuebecCity.

Rugby players Emma Taylor of St. Francis Xavier and BriannaMiller of McGill as well as field hockey player Sheriden Goodmansonof Victoria were also nominated for the women’s award.

Philibert-Thiboutot, a fourth-year business administrationstudent from Quebec City, claimed the individual crown for thesecond year in a row and helped the Rouge et Or men capture a thirdstraight team title at the RSEQ championship after he completed the10-kilometre race in a time of 32 minutes and 10 seconds, almost 15seconds ahead of teammate Benjamin Raymond, Saturday in Sherbrooke.The 22-year-old senior won the three RSEQ events he competed inthis season and will now focus on the CIS championship which is setfor Nov. 9 in London, Ont., hoping to improve on his 14th-placefinish from a year ago.

John Kuto, a cross-country runner from Saint Mary’s, andhockey players Mitch Bennett of UOIT and Derek Hulak ofSaskatchewan were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:
AUS: Emma Taylor, rugby, StFX
RSEQ: Brianna Miller, rugby, McGill
OUA: Kayla Roote, rugby, Queen’s(recipient)
CWUAA: Sheriden Goodmanson, field hockey, Victoria

Male nominees:
AUS: John Kuto, cross country, Saint Mary’s
RSEQ: Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, cross-country, Laval(recipient)
OUA: Mitch Bennett, hockey, UOIT
CWUAA: Derek Hulak, hockey, Saskatchewan

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