Cassidy leads Vikes to fourth-straight Canada West title

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

November 9, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s cross-country team powered their way to their fourth-straight and 14th overall Canada West title, while also finishing sixth overall in the CIS. The CIS championship, hosted by Western University in London, Ont., saw the Guelph Gryphons capture the national title for a remarkable eigth-straight time.

CIS RESULTShttp://www.govikesgo.com/documents/2013/11/9/2013-cis-xc-mens-results.pdf?id=1159 

CANADA WEST RESULTShttp://www.govikesgo.com/documents/2013/11/9/2013-cw-mens-results.pdf?id=1160 

CIS STORY TO COMEhttp://cis-sic.ca/splash/index 

For the men’s 10-km race, Cassidy was the top Vike finishing fifth in the CIS standings and second in the Canada West. The third year crossed the line in 31:25.6 behind Regina’s Matthew Johnson (31:21.8). Guelph’s Aaron Hendrikx finished in the top time of 30:49.3 to earn Athlete of the Year honours. Cassidy was named one of seven CIS First Team All-Canadians.

The single race counted for both the CIS and Canada West standings, resulting in Victoria taking first-place in the conference with 36 points, while the Trinity Western Spartans trailed with 64. The Vikes had four Vikes in the top-10 for the Canada West including Oliver Collin, Kyle Irvine and Forrest Simpson. All four were named conference first team all-stars.

Vike Patrick Psotka finished 14th in a time of 33:28.3, while Josh Clothier was 20th (33:59.5) and both were named conference second team all-stars.

Senior Irvine was also awarded the CIS student-athlete of the year award, while coaches Brent Fougner and Andrew Ellerton were named Canada West coaches of the year.

CANADA WEST RESULTS

  • 1 Victoria MEN – 35 points
  • 2 Ryan Cassidy (31:25.6)
  • 5 Oliver Collin (32:43.6)
  • 6 Kyle Irvine (32:50.6)
  • 8 Forrest Simpson (32:56.6)
  • 14 Patrick Psotka (33:28.3)
  • 20 Josh Clouthier (33:59.5)

CANADA WEST AWARDS

Male Female

  • Athlete the Year Matt Johnson, Regina Alison Jackson, TWU
  • Rookie the Year Declan White, TWU Rebekah Sass, Manitoba
  • Student-Athlete Kyle Irvine, Victoria Kendra Pomfret, Victoria
  • Coach the Year Brent Fougner, Victoria Laurier Primeau, TWU

MEN’S INDIVIDUAL

With placing, name, year of eligibility, school and time:

First Team All-Stars

  • 1 Matthew Johnson E4 Regina 1 31:21.8
  • 2 Ryan Cassidy E3 Victoria 1 31:25.6
  • 3 Joel De Schiffart E2 Trinity Western 1 32:34.0
  • 4 Declan White E1 Trinity Western 2 32:40.8
  • 5 Olivier Collin E2 Victoria 2 32:43.6
  • 6 Kyle Irvine E5 Victoria 3 32:50.6
  • 7 Abduselam Yussuf E2 Manitoba 1 32:54.8

Second Team All-Stars

  • 8 Forrest Simpson E3 Victoria 4 32:56.6
  • 9 Robert Bigsby E2 Saskatchewan 1 33:00.8
  • 10 Kieran McDonald E2 Alberta 1 33:10.6
  • 11 Jean-Baptiste Ajua R Manitoba 2 33:16.1
  • 12 Thomas Miller E4 Manitoba 3 33:16.6
  • 13 Brad Bickley E5 Calgary 1 33:17.3
  • 14 Patrick Psotka E3 Victoria 5 33:28.3

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