Cross-country runners Sarah Inglis (Trinity Western) and Olivier Collin (Victoria) are the Canada West Female and Male First Stars of the Week respectively for the period ending Sunday, November 15.
Inglis ran away from the competition over the weekend at the CIS Cross-Country Championships in Guelph, ON. The Falkirk, Scotland product broke the Guelph course record with a time of 19:49.9 to claim CIS gold and became the first women’s individual winner from Canada West since 1993.
Collin, who finished 1st in Canada West and 4th overall in a time of 30:27.7, led the Victoria Vikes to their fifth CIS national title and first since 1997.
Also earning star honours this week were: Calgary’s Emma Cook-Clarke (female second star), Manitoba’s Wyatt Anders (male second star), Fraser Valley’s Kayli Sartori (female third star), and Thompson River’s Josh Wolfram (male third star).
Female First Star – Sarah Inglis
Trinity Western Spartans Cross-Country
Masters in Educational Leadership
Race log: Saturday, November 14 – Broke course record at CIS cross-country championship hosted by Guelph University in a time of 19:49.9 to claim CIS gold.
Trinity Western's Sarah Inglis made Spartans history Saturday, as she won the individual title at the CIS national championships, while helping TWU to a second place finish overall and its third consecutive Canada West championship Saturday.
Inglis' individual victory marks the first time a Canada West athlete has taken the women's individual title since 1993, when Calgary’s Lisa Harvey won the second of back-to-back championships.
On the final lap, Inglis pulled away from the lead pack and, from there, the result was never in doubt, as she finished the six kilometre race in a course record of 19:49 – nearly 20 seconds clear of second place.
"We just really wanted to do well as a team because we thought we had a chance to beat Guelph," Inglis said. "I just thinking I need to get to the finish line and as soon as I got to the line I was just checking to see where all my teammates were. But was still happy to win the race. I just felt really strong going into the last lap and just wanted to push on. I waited until the last lap and went up that hill and then went after it. That was my plan all along and it worked out exactly as I hoped it would."
After winning Canada West gold and finishing fifth overall at last year's national championships, Inglis did herself one better by earning the double, capturing both the conference and national titles.
TWU's top five runners finished with the best average time, 20:56, in the CIS, but the Spartans came up 15 points shy of Guelph, who won its 11th straight CIS title.
Male First Star – Olivier Collin
Victoria Vikes Cross-Country
Saint Lazare, QC
Race log: Saturday, November 14 – Finished 1st in Canada West and 4th in the CIS in a time of 30:27.7 at CIS championship at Guelph University.
Over the weekend the University of Victoria Vikes men’s cross-country team took away a nine-year reign of national banners from the Guelph Gryphons, hosts of this year’s 2015 CIS Cross-Country Championship in Guelph, Ont.
Fourth-year Vike Olivier Collin paced the Victoria side to their fifth CIS national title and first since 1997.
Collin finished 10-km race in 30:27.7 to take fourth place in the CIS rankings and first overall in Canada West. For his finish Collin was named a CIS First Team All-Canadian, Canada West First Team All-Star and Canada West Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year.
Collin was one of four Vikes to finish in the Top-10 of the CIS standings, as the Vikes totaled 69 points, 13 lower than second-placed Guelph, for the national banner. The Vikes also took home the conference banner as Canada West champions for the fourth-straight and 16thoverall time.
Female Second Star – Emma Cook-Clarke
Calgary Dinos Cross-Country
Race log: Saturday, November 14 – Finished 2nd in Canada West and 4th in the CIS in a time of 20:26.5 at CIS championship at Guelph University.
The University of Calgary cross country teams headed out to Guelph, ON to compete at the CIS Cross-Country Championships over the weekend, where the Canada West Championships are also determined during the same race.
On Saturday, Emma Cook-Clarke led the charge for the Dinos. The fourth-year team captain finished the 6K race with a time of 20:26.5. Her time was good for second in Canada West and fourth overall. She also helped lead the Dinos women’s cross-country team to a CIS team bronze and a CW team silver.
Male Second Star – Wyatt Anders
Manitoba Bisons Basketball
Kinesiology & Recreation Management
Game log: Friday, November 13 – Manitoba Canada West record 20 rebounds in 96-90 OT W vs. Calgary / Saturday, November 14 – 17 points, 13 rebounds, four steals in 90-87 OT L vs. Calgary
The Manitoba Bisons men’s basketball team’s surprise start to the 2015-16 season continued over the weekend, as the Herd picked up their second win of the season against a ranked opponent.
A major part of the Bisons’ success thus far has been the play of fifth-year forward and co-captain Wyatt Anders, who was dominant on the boards over the weekend against No. 6-ranked Calgary. The Winnipeg native registered 33 rebounds (12 on the offence), 24 points, seven assists, and five steals in 73 minutes of combined action.
Manitoba started the weekend with a thrilling 96-90 overtime win on Friday and the 6’7, 220 lbs. player posted a historic performance with a game-high 20 rebounds (seven offensive). The 20 rebounds was a Canada West record for a Manitoba Bisons men’s player since the program started Canada West play in the 2001-02 season.
The next night, the Bisons fell short by a 90-87 overtime loss to Calgary, but Anders produced another stellar game with a double-double. He notched 13 boards (five on offence) along with 24 points, four steals, one assist in 39 minutes of action.
Anders leads the nation in overall rebounding with 14.5 per game and is also first with 4.5 offensive rebounds per game. He is also tied for first in the conference with 10.0 defensive rebounds per game, while starting and playing in all four conference games so far in the 2015-16 season.
Manitoba is now 2-2 and will host the Alberta Golden Bears (2-2) on Friday, November 20 at 8 p.m. CT and then on Saturday, November 21 at 6:30 p.m. CT, as the NBA All-Star Tour stops in Winnipeg.
Female Third Star – Kayli Sartori
UFV Cascades Basketball
Game log: Friday, November 13 – 25 point, nine rebounds, three blocks in 72-61 W vs MacEwan / Saturday, November 14 – 24 points, 11 rebounds in 63-59 L vs. MacEwan
Kayli Sartori authored a pair of tremendous performances as the UFV Cascades women’s basketball team earned a weekend split against the MacEwan Griffins.
The versatile fourth-year forward from Abbotsford, B.C. poured in a game-high 25 points and added nine rebounds and three blocks as the Cascades knocked off the Griffins 72-61 on Friday at the Envision Athletic Centre.
On Saturday, Sartori once again led all scorers with 24 points – including a clutch spin move in the lane to tie the game in the final minute – and hauled down 11 rebounds. The Griffins, though, were able to claw out a 63-59 win.
Sartori leads Canada West in scoring at an even 20 points per game, and ranks 16th in the conference in rebounding (6.5 per game). The Cascades (2-2) are off to Prince George this weekend to take on the UNBC Timberwolves.
Male Third Star – Josh Wolfram
TRU WolfPack Basketball
Game log: Friday, November 13 – 35 points, nine rebounds, three assists in 101-72 W vs. Mount Royal / Saturday, November 14 – 25 points, 11 rebounds, two assists in 79-66 W vs. Mount Royal
Josh Wolfram is like fine wine – he keeps getting better with age.
Following an all-star season in 2014-15, the TRU WolfPack forward, who was chosen to represent Canada at the FISU games back in July, has been on fire since the Canada West season began. This past weekend the Kamloops product registered 70 points and 20 rebounds combined in two games for the unbeaten WolfPack (4-0).
Wolfram sits third in the Canada West in points per game (24.3) and fourth in rebounds per game (10.5).
TRU has their home opener this coming weekend (Friday, November 20) against the MacEwan Griffins.
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