Three stars of the week: Cross country medalists White, Cook-Clarke named first stars

Three stars of the week: Cross country medalists White, Cook-Clarke named first stars

Canada West Communications

Highlights:

  • TWU’s Declan White is the male first star of the week after finishing second at the U Sports cross country championship in Quebec City Saturday
  • Calgary’s Emma Cook-Clarke also finished second at the national championship, which doubles as the Canada West championship, and is the Canada West female first star of the week
  • Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Marlee Maracle (female second star), Alberta’s Niko Saler (male second star), Victoria’s Jenna Bugiardini (female third star), and Regina’s Alex Igual (male third star).

NEW WESTMINSTER – A pair of cross country runners are the Canada West first stars of the week after their tremendous performances at the conference and U Sports championships this weekend.

Trinity Western’s Declan White is the male first star after finishing second overall at the U Sports cross country championship in Quebec City over the weekend, while Calgary’s Emma Cook-Clarke is the female first star after her second overall finish. 

White completed the 10-kilometre course in a time of 30:56 to claim the Canada West men’s individual title at the national championship meet, which doubles as the conference championship. The fourth-year South Surrey, B.C. product helped guide the Spartans to their first Canada West men’s team title.

Saturday’s race was a fitting conclusion to Cook-Clarke’s university running career, as the fifth-year finished the women’s six-kilometre course in 21:15 – just six seconds behind the overall winner. 

Also earning star honours this week were: UBC’s Marlee Maracle (female second star), Alberta’s Niko Saler (male second star), Victoria’s Jenna Bugiardini (female third star), and Regina’s Alex Igual (male third star).

 

Male first star – Declan White

Trinity Western Spartans cross country

4th-year

South Surrey, B.C.

Human Kinetics 

Meet log: Saturday, Nov. 12 – Posted a time of 30:56.0 to finish second overall and first among Canada West male runners at the U Sports/Canada West championships in Quebec City.

Declan White made program history over the weekend, as he became the first Spartans male cross country athlete to win the Canada West individual title while also finishing second overall amongst U Sports athletes.

With White’s leading effort, which garnered him Canada West Male Athlete of the Year honours, the Spartans men’s team won its first ever conference championship while also finishing a program-best second in the country. 

Running on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, White finished the 10 kilometre course in 30:56.0. His performance saw him named both a U Sports First Team All-Canadian and, for the fourth year in a row, a Canada West First Team All-Star. White’s previous best result was a 16th-place finish at last year’s championships.

 

Female first star – Emma Cook-Clarke

Calgary Dinos cross country

5th-year

Calgary, Alta.

Science

Meet log: Saturday, Nov. 12 – Posted a time of 21:15.0 to finish second overall and first among Canada West female runners at the U Sports/Canada West championships in Quebec City.

The University of Calgary Dinos cross country team finished off their season at the U Sports Championship in Quebec City over the weekend.

Fifth-year veteran Emma Cook-Clarke ended her U Sports cross country career with a Canada West gold medal. In the same race, she finished with a U Sports individual silver medal as well. 

She ran the six-kilometre race in a time of 21:15.0 – just six seconds behind the winner. The University of Calgary women’s team finished 4th overall in Canada West standings and 11th in the U Sports standings.

 

Male second star – Niko Saler

Alberta Golden Bears soccer

Forward

5th-year

Lethbridge, Alta.

Graduate Studies and Research

Game log: Thursday, Nov. 10 – two goals in a 2-0W vs. York in U Sports quarter-final / Saturday, Nov. 12 – 90 minutes played in 2-1W vs. Cape Breton in U Sports semifinal / Sunday, Nov. 12 – assist in 1-0W vs. UQAM in U Sports final.

Fifth-year University of Alberta Golden Bears soccer player Niko Saler is the Canada West male second star of the week following his play at the CIS national championship tournament at the University of Guelph.

In the final games of his university soccer career, Saler notched two goals and an assist to help lead the U of A to the national championship banner. It was Alberta’s fifth national title in program history, and first since 2006. The three points also bumped Saler’s playoff production to five playoff points in six post-season matches.

He scored a pair of goals from free kicks in the national championship quarterfinal, leading the Bears to a 2-0 win over the two-time defending national champion York Lions, and then he added an assist on the game winning goal in the gold medal final when his corner kick was met by Ajay Khabra for the 1-0 finish. 

Saler was also a Canada West all-star and a national all-Canadian this season after finishing with 11 points, including seven assists, in the conference season.

 

Female second star – Marlee Maracle

UBC Thunderbirds field hockey

Goalkeeper

4th-year

Oakville, Ont.

Arts 

Game log: Thursday, Nov. 10 – four-save shutout in 1-0W vs. Acadia in CIS quarter-final / Friday, Nov. 11 – five-save shutout + three-saves in penalties in 1-0W vs. Queen’s in CIS semifinal / Sunday, Nov. 13 – seven saves in 2-1L vs. Laval in CIS final. 

UBC Thunderbirds goalkeeper Marlee Maracle was named a tournament all-star after leading her team to a silver-medal finish at the 2016 CIS Women's Soccer Championship in Wolfville, N.S.

Maracle earned two shutouts over the course of the three-game tournament, recording 16 saves and 2-1 record.

She stopped all four shots she faced in a 1-0 UBC win over host Acadia in the quarter-finals. 

The fourth-year player from Oakville, Ont., was absolutely spectacular in the semifinal against Queen's. After turning aside all five Gaels' shots over 120 minutes of play, Maracle saved three of the five Queen's attempts in the penalty shootout to give the T-Birds a 3-2 win in kicks.

In the championship final, Maracle made seven stops, including a couple of critical ones in the first half that kept the Thunderbirds in the game after they fell behind 1-0. UBC ultimately fell 2-1.

 

Male third star – Alex Igual

Regina Cougars basketball

Guard

4th-year

Barcelona, Spain

Business Administration 

Game log: Friday, Nov. 11 – 23 points in 88-84L @ MacEwan / Saturday, Nov. 12 – 22 points in 88-85W @ MacEwan. 

Alex Igual’s big weekend helped the University of Regina’s men’s basketball team to a weekend road split at MacEwan, as the Cougars lost 88-84 on Friday but recovered for an 88-85 win on Saturday.

Igual went 5-for-9 from three-point range and led all players with 23 points on Friday. On Saturday, he was 4-for-9 from downtown and scored 22 points, 19 of which came in the first half alone.

For the weekend, Igual shot 50% from the three-point line, sinking nine of his 18 attempts from beyond the arc. He was 15-for-29 (52%) from the field overall in the two games for the Cougars, who are now 2-2 in Canada West play after their second consecutive weekend split. 

The Cougars have next weekend off before returning to action on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26 at Trinity Western.

 

Female third star – Jenna Bugiardini

Victoria Vikes basketball

Forward

5th-year

Hamilton, Ont.

Business

Game log: Saturday, Nov. 12 – 21 points, 12 rebounds in 58-51W vs. Calgary / Sunday, Nov. 13 – 18 points, 12 rebounds in 55-54W vs. Calgary.

Jenna Bugiardini led the University of Victoria Vikes in both points and rebounds in their weekend sweep of the University of Calgary Dinos. The fifth-year forward compiled an impressive 39 points in the two games, while also pulling down 24 boards. 

After opening the season with two straight losses to the then No. 1 ranked Regina Cougars, Bugiardini played a big role in the Vikes fighting their way back to .500 with back-to-back wins over the previously undefeated Dinos. 

Her six offensive rebounds in the game on November 13, allowed the Vikes to maintain possession of the ball late in the game as the Dinos tried their best to mount a comeback. 

The native of Hamilton, Ont. and the Vikes will travel to Edmonton for a pair of games against the MacEwan Griffins on November 18 and 19. Bugiardini is sure to be relied upon to lead the Vikes again as they face a MacEwan team filled with confidence after their upset of Regina.