ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS athletes of the week (#17): UFV’s Wierks, Laval’s Philibert-Thiboutot honoured


Jan 28, 2015

OTTAWA (CIS) – Sarah Wierks, a basketball player from theUniversity of the Fraser Valley, and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, atrack standout from Laval University, are the ArcelorMittal DofascoCIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Jan.25, 2015.

Wierks, a fifth-year kinesiology student from Chilliwack, B.C.,posted a pair of impressive double-doubles to lead the Cascades(8-6) to a weekend sweep against visiting UBC Okanagan, 70-67 and77-65.

The 6-foot-2 centre scored 22 points in each contests,grabbed 18 rebounds on Friday and 19 more on Saturday, and alsoblocked nine shots over the two-game series, including seven in thesecond contest. Wierks, who moved up to second place on theall-time Canada West list with 945 career rebounds, leads CIS thisseason with 14.5 rebounds per game and ranks fourth in scoring with19.9 points per outing.

Dalhousie volleyball player Marisa Mota, Montreal hockey playerAriane Barker and Toronto track star Sasha Gollish were alsonominated for the women’s award.

Philibert-Thiboutot, a fifth-year public relations student fromQuebec City, entered the record books at the McGill Team Challengein Montreal as he set new Quebec and RSEQ standards in both the1,000 and 1,500-metre events. The 24-year-old ran the 1,000 in2:21.02 to break the previous provincial mark by more than onesecond and finished the 1,500 in 3:43.21, more than two secondsfaster than his own Quebec record. The reigning CIS champion on1,500 metres, Philibert-Thiboutot’s times in both races arethe best in the country this season and are faster than the CISchampionship records in both events (2:22.09 / 3:46.85).

UNB basketball player Javon Masters, York track star BismarkBoateng and UBC basketball player Tommy Nixon were the other malenominees.

Female nominees:
AUS: Marisa Mota, volleyball, Dalhousie
RSEQ: Ariane Barker, hockey, Montreal
OUA: Sasha Gollish, track & field, Toronto
CWUAA: Sarah Wierks, basketball, Fraser Valley(recipient)

Male nominees:
AUS: Javon Masters, basketball, UNB
RSEQ: Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, track & field,Laval (recipient)
OUA: Bismark Boateng, track & field, York
CWUAA: Tommy Nixon, basketball, UBC

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