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Guelph sweeps team cross-country running titles again

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The Canadian Press
11/10/2012 6:59:34 PM
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LONDON, Ont. -- The University of Guelph Gryphons claimed both the women's and men's team banners on Saturday to win the CIS cross-country running championship.

Guelph continues to dominate CIS cross-country running, winning its eighth consecutive banner for the Guelph women and the seventh straight for the men's squad -- both extending their own CIS records.

The Gryphons have now racked up 21 team titles in their prestigious history, also a CIS mark. Victoria has 13.

Guelph's Andrea Seccafien and Kelly Wiebe of the Regina Cougars captured the gold medals in individual competition at London's Thames Valley Golf Course.

In the women's five kilometre event, the Gryphons finished with a remarkable 21 points, taking the top two positions and putting five runners in the top eight.

Seccafien finish with a time of 17 minutes and 23 seconds. Teammate Carise Thompson from Lynden, Ont., finished seven seconds later, while McMaster's Victoria Coates was third.

McMaster placed second in the team standings with 62 points, while host Western rounded out the podium with 107.

"I got caught up a little bit at the start, but I just stayed calm as the race ran through the halfway point and just worked my way up," said Seccafien. "With about 1.5 km to go I knew I had second but was still looking up to first. This last straight is so good to me, I've raced here twice already, so I just let it go and hoped that I could catch (Lalonde)."

Guelph fared just as well in the men's 10-kilometre event placing second, third and fourth to finish with 38 points overall, well ahead of second-place Laval (101) and Windsor (104).

Wiebe, a fifth-year senior from Swift Current, Sask., led from wire-to-wire to finish with a time of 30:21.4.

Guelph's Ross Proudfoot took the silver medal in 31:05.4, with teammate Aaron Hendrikx winning bronze in 31:09.4.

"This is exactly what I came here to do," said Wiebe. "I knew it was going to be good competition out front and we were going to run a fast time. I just wanted to battle it out, no one really came with me so I made my goal to get that course record and it came out pretty good."

Guelph Gryphons cross country (Photo: Geoff Robins)

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(Photo: Geoff Robins)
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