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Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Tribune Photo By Ned Bekavac

Andrea Seccafien, right, won gold in the CIS women's cross-country championship race on the weekend. She is seen here competing at last month's New Balance Vic Matthews Open at the University of Guelph Arboretum.

Guelph runner wins gold at nationals

Guelph’s Andrea Seccafien is a national champion.

The Guelph Gryphons runner and graduate of Bishop Macdonell high school captured cross-country gold in the women’s race at the CIS championships on in London, Ont.

Seccafien ran the five-kilometre distance in a time of 17 minutes and 23 seconds.

She earned the female cross-country CIS Athlete of the Year honour for her win.

Her Gryphon teammate Carise Thompson, from Lynden, Ont., finished in second in the race in a time of 17:30.7.

Both the women’s and men’s Gryphons won the team titles at the event.

It’s the eighth straight time the women won, and seventh straight for the men.

Top seven finishers in each race earn All-Canadian honours. Gryphons in the top seven on the women’s side were Seccafien, Thompson, Geneviève Lalonde, who was fourth, and Madeline Yungblut, who earned sixth and was named women’s rookie of the year.

Kelly Wiebe of Regina won the men’s 10-km race. Gryphons in the top seven were Ross Proudfoot, second, Aaron Hendrikx, third, Andrew Nixon, fifth, and Yves Sikubwabo, seventh.

Gryphons coach Dave Scott Thomas earned Coach of the Year honours on both the women’s and men’s sides.

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