Guelph's Lalonde, Proudfoot named CIS Athletes of the Week

Canadian Interuniversity Sport

10/31/2012 1:46:22 PM

OTTAWA (CIS) - Cross country runners Geneviève Lalonde and Ross Proudfoot, both from the University of Guelph, are the CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending Oct. 28, 2012.

Lalonde, a fourth-year student from Moncton, N.B., captured individual gold and helped the Gryphon women extend their conference record with a ninth straight team banner at the OUA championships hosted by York University in Toronto, on Saturday. The 5-foot-7 senior finished the five-kilometre race in 17:45.96 - almost 14 seconds ahead of her closest rival - while Guelph distanced second-place McMaster by 29 points in the team standing (21 to 50). Lalonde will compete at the CIS championships on Nov. 10 in London, Ont., where she will defend her 2011 individual title and hopes to lead the Gryphons to a remarkable eighth consecutive triumph in team competition.

UNB cross country runner Frida Aspnaes, Concordia rugby player Bianca Farella and Calgary hockey player Stephanie Ramsay were also nominated for the women's award.

Proudfoot, a third-year human kinetics student from Lively, Ont., was equally dominant in the OUA men's race as his winning time of 32:06.17 on 10 kilometres was 16 seconds faster than teammate Yves Sikubwabo and 17 seconds better than reigning CIS champion Andrew Nixon, also from Guelph. Thanks to the podium sweep, the Gryphon men easily captured their eighth straight conference banner by 41 points over second-place Windsor (22 to 63). After finishing sixth in 2010 and fourth a year ago, Proudfoot will look to claim his first individual medal and guide Guelph to a seventh consecutive men's team title at the CIS championships on Nov. 10.

Cross country runners Connor McGuire of StFX and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Laval, as well as Mount Royal volleyball player Colton deMan were the other male nominees.

Female nominees:
AUS: Frida Aspnaes, cross country, UNB
RSEQ: Bianca Farella, rugby, Concordia
OUA: Geneviève Lalonde, cross country, Guelph (recipient)
CWUAA: Stephanie Ramsay, hockey, Calgary

Male nominees:
AUS: Connor McGuire, cross country, StFX
RSEQ: Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, cross country, Laval
OUA: Ross Proudfoot, cross country, Guelph (recipient)
CWUAA: Colton deMan, volleyball, Mount Royal