Guelph looking for remarkable eighth consecutive banner sweep

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November 7, 2013, OTTAWA (ISN) – The Guelph Gryphons will look to resume their domination on Saturday when the top university cross-country runners in the country gather in London, Ont., for the 2013 CIS championships.

Championship website: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/xc/index 

Western University hosts the competition for the second straight year at the Thames Valley Golf Course. A total of 141 athletes from 27 schools are set to compete at noon in the women’s six-kilometre race (increased by 1 km this season), while 131 runners from 23 institutions are scheduled to be at the starting line for the 10 km men’s event at 1 p.m.

To say that Guelph has dominated CIS cross country in recent years would be a major understatement.

The Gryphons have swept the national team banners each of the past seven seasons and are riding an eight-year championship streak in the women’s race, all CIS records.

In individual competition, their female runners have captured the last two gold medals, including Andrea Seccafien a year ago and Geneviève Lalonde in 2011, while on the men’s side, Guelph had claimed four straight titles before Regina’s Kelly Wiebe put an end to that streak 12 months ago, when the Gryphons had to “settle” for four finishers in the top seven, including the silver and bronze medals.

Guelph is the overwhelming favourite to take the team banners once again on Saturday following a dominating performance at the OUA conference championships held on Oct. 26 in Hamilton, where the Gryphons swept the women’s and men’s titles for the ninth straight campaign, placing five female runners in the top seven and monopolizing the men’s podium.

“We feel good. Racing at Thames Valley is always meaningful, it being the most established course in CIS with many memorable battles fought on its rolling hills,” said Guelph head coach Dave Scott Thomas. “This year’s meet is even more poignant as it is the last go round for Bob Vigars, the Western Mustangs coach and a legend in CIS.

“These are the two strongest teams we’ve put on the line. Every one of our athletes is in prime fitness physically and mentally, and needs to be as they square off against the best harriers in the country, all gunning for precious team points. Our expectations are simple: attempt to extend our winning streak of national titles for both women and men, and beyond that, to fill as many of the all-Canadian spots with Gryphons as possible.”

In the other CIS conferences, the Dalhousie women and St. Francis Xavier men were crowned AUS champions, while the McGill women and Laval men once again prevailed in the RSEQ.

Individually, StFX’s Melissa Hardy and Saint Mary’s John Kuto claimed AUS gold, while UQTR’s Sarah Bergeron-Larouche and Laval’s Charles Philibert-Thiboutot triumphed in Quebec.

There are no cross country championships in Canada West. Results at the CIS meet determine the conference’s individual and team champions. A year ago, the Victoria Vikes finished fourth in both the CIS women’s and men’s standings.

“The team to date has been running very well, they all worked hard over the summer and the results reflect that,” said StFX head coach Bernie Chisholm. “We are hoping to improve on last year’s performance and cracking the top 10 is a realistic goal for this team.”

“The key for us this year is that both our conference championship and the CIS nationals have been extended from a five-kilometre distance to a six-kilometre race,” said McGill coach Dennis Barrett. “Our girls are not necessarily that speedy over 5k but we feel that they are stronger and can maintain a good pace over a longer distance and it showed in the two 6k races that we ran this year.”

Laval finished second in the men’s standings at last year’s CIS championships and head coach Félix-Antoine Lapointe is confident his troops can deliver again on Saturday.

“Our men had a great season and we hope to resume our success this weekend in London. The CIS competition has been our main goal all season and everyone is ready to go. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot is undefeated this fall is the RSEQ and he should be among the top contenders on Saturday.”

CIS CROSS-COUNTRY TEAM CHAMPIONS

Women

  • 2012 Guelph (at Western)
  • 2011 Guelph (at Laval)
  • 2010 Guelph (at Sherbrooke)
  • 2009 Guelph (at Queen’s)
  • 2008 Guelph (at Laval)
  • 2007 Guelph (at Victoria)
  • 2006 Guelph (at Laval)
  • 2005 Guelph (at Dalhousie)
  • 2004 Dalhousie (at Guelph)
  • 2003 Calgary (at Moncton)
  • 2002 Toronto (at Western)
  • 2001 Victoria (at Sherbrooke)
  • 2000 Victoria (at Toronto)
  • 1999 Victoria (at RMC / Queen’s)
  • 1998 Victoria (at Waterloo)
  • 1997 Guelph (at Western)
  • 1996 Waterloo (at McGill)
  • 1995 Windsor (at Western)
  • 1994 Victoria (at Western)
  • 1993 Calgary (at Dalhousie)
  • 1992 Calgary (at McGill)
  • 1991 Toronto (at Victoria)
  • 1990 Western (at Ottawa)
  • 1989 Western (at UBC)
  • 1988 Western (at Laval)
  • 1987 Victoria (at Victoria)
  • 1986 Victoria (at Western)
  • 1985 Victoria (at Sherbrooke)
  • 1984 Western (at Guelph)
  • 1983 Western (at Laurentian)
  • 1982 Western (at Laurentian)
  • 1981 Western (at Lethbridge)
  • 1980 Victoria (at Guelph)

Men

  • 2012 Guelph (at Western)
  • 2011 Guelph (at Laval)
  • 2010 Guelph (at Sherbrooke)
  • 2009 Guelph (at Queen’s)
  • 2008 Guelph (at Laval)
  • 2007 Guelph (at Victoria)
  • 2006 Guelph (at Laval)
  • 2005 Windsor (at Dalhousie)
  • 2004 Windsor (at Guelph)
  • 2003 Windsor (at Moncton)
  • 2002 Guelph (at Western)
  • 2001 Guelph (at Sherbrooke)
  • 2000 Guelph (at Toronto)
  • 1999 Guelph (at RMC / Queen’s)
  • 1998 Windsor (at Waterloo)
  • 1997 Victoria (at Western)
  • 1996 Victoria (at McGill)
  • 1995 Victoria (at Western)
  • 1994 Victoria (at Western)
  • 1993 UBC (at Dalhousie)
  • 1992 Sherbrooke (at McGill)
  • 1991 Toronto (at Victoria)
  • 1990 Ottawa (at Ottawa)
  • 1989 Manitoba (at UBC)
  • 1988 Manitoba (at Laval)
  • 1987 Ottawa (at Victoria)
  • 1986 Ottawa (at Western)
  • 1985 Western (at Sherbrooke)
  • 1984 Queen’s (at Guelph)
  • 1983 Queen’s (at Laurentian)
  • 1982 Toronto (at Laurentian)
  • 1981 Queen’s (at Lethbridge)
  • 1980 Alberta (at Guelph)
  • 1979 Queen’s (at Toronto)
  • 1978 Toronto (at Toronto)
  • 1977 Toronto (at Queen’s)
  • 1976 Western (at Guelph)
  • 1975 Toronto (at Victoria)
  • 1974 Toronto (at Guelph)
  • 1973 OUAA All-Stars (at RMC / Queen’s)
  • 1972 OUAA All-Stars (at RMC)
  • 1971 Western (at UNB)
  • 1970 Western (at UBC)
  • 1969 Guelph (at MacDonald)
  • 1968 Saskatchewan (at Dalhousie)
  • 1967 Toronto (at Guelph)
  • 1966 Toronto (at Guelph)
  • 1965 Toronto (at Guelph)
  • 1964 Manitoba (at Guelph)
  • 1963 McMaster (at Guelph)

CIS CROSS-COUNTRY INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONS

Women

  • 2012 Andrea Seccafien, Guelph
  • 2011 Geneviève Lalonde, Guelph
  • 2010 Jessica Pearo, McMaster
  • 2009 Megan Brown, Toronto
  • 2008 Megan Brown, Toronto
  • 2007 Lindsay Carson, Guelph
  • 2006 Megan Brown, Toronto
  • 2005 Beth Wightman, Toronto
  • 2004 Kristina Rody, Guelph
  • 2003 Beth Wightman, Queen’s
  • 2002 Sarah Dillabaugh, Ottawa
  • 2001 Beth Wightman, Queen’s
  • 2000 Debbie Buhlers, Waterloo
  • 1999 Teresa Duck, Western
  • 1998 Nathalie Côté, Ottawa
  • 1997 Nathalie Côté, Ottawa
  • 1996 Nathalie Côté, Ottawa
  • 1995 Missy McCleary, Windsor
  • 1994 Linda Thyer, McGill
  • 1993 Lisa Harvey, Calgary
  • 1992 Lisa Harvey, Calgary
  • 1991 Anna Gunasekera, Victoria
  • 1990 Anna Gunasekera, Victoria
  • 1989 Lucy Smith, Dalhousie
  • 1988 Lucy Smith, Dalhousie
  • 1987 Brenda Shackleton, Victoria
  • 1986 Brenda Shackleton, Victoria
  • 1985 Brenda Shackleton, Victoria
  • 1984 Jill Purola, Western
  • 1983 Sylvia Ruegger, Guelph
  • 1982 Nancy Rooks, York
  • 1981 Anne-Marie Malone, Queen’s
  • 1980 Sylvia Ruegger, Guelph

Men

  • 2012 Kelly Wiebe, Regina
  • 2011 Andrew Nixon, Guelph
  • 2010 Kyle Boorsma, Guelph
  • 2009 Matt Brunsting, Guelph
  • 2008 Matt Brunsting, Guelph
  • 2007 Alex Genest, Sherbrooke
  • 2006 Geoffrey Kerr, Calgary
  • 2005 Cristiano Mauricio, Windsor
  • 2004 Cristiano Mauricio, Windsor
  • 2003 Eric Gillis, StFX
  • 2002 Jamie Epp, Saskatchewan
  • 2001 Jerry Ziak, Victoria
  • 2000 Jamie Epp, Saskatchewan
  • 1999 Graham Cocksedge, Victoria
  • 1998 Jeremy Deere, Calgary
  • 1997 Guy Schultz, Western
  • 1996 Éric Jobin, Sherbrooke
  • 1995 Jeff Schiebler, UBC
  • 1994 Joël Bourgeois, Moncton
  • 1993 Brendan Matthias, Toronto
  • 1992 Graeme Fell, UBC
  • 1991 Brendan Matthias, Toronto
  • 1990 John Halvorsen, Ottawa
  • 1989 Richard Charrette, Ottawa
  • 1988 John Halvorsen, Ottawa
  • 1987 John Halvorsen, Ottawa
  • 1986 John Halvorsen, Ottawa
  • 1985 Bob Rice, Ottawa
  • 1984 Paul McCloy, Memorial
  • 1983 Paul McCloy, Memorial
  • 1982 Brian Rhodes, Alberta
  • 1981 Paul McCloy, Memorial
  • 1980 Paul Williams, Toronto
  • 1979 Peter Butler, Calgary
  • 1978 Paul Williams, Toronto
  • 1977 Paul Williams, Guelph
  • 1976 Brian Stride, Brock
  • 1975 Joe Sax, Western
  • 1974 John Sharp, Toronto
  • 1973 John Sharp, Toronto
  • 1972 Rick Munro, Dalhousie
  • 1971 Grant McLaren, Western
  • 1970 Dave Smith, York
  • 1969 Grant McLaren, Guelph
  • 1968 Dave Smith, York
  • 1967 David Bailey, Toronto
  • 1966 David Bailey, Toronto
  • 1965 Jerome Drayton, Toronto
  • 1964 Chris Williamson, UNB
  • 1963 Bruce Kidd, Toronto

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