The University of Manitoba’s Smitty’s Bison Sports Athletes of the Week come straight off the 2013 CIS Cross-Country Championship track.
Rookie Rebekah Sass and Abduselam Yussuf have just returned from the cross-country championships — held at Western University in London, Ont. on Nov. 9 — with some impressive accolades.
Sass, a first-year student and St. Mary’s Academy graduate, led the women’s cross-country team to place 17th overall at the championships and sixth in Canada West, according to a release.
She finished the six-kilometre national race at Thames Valley Golf Course with a time of 22.19, finishing 14th overall.
Sass was also a Canada West Silver Medallist, a Canada West First Team All-Star, Canada West Women’s Rookie of Year, and was named CIS Second Team All-Canadian, making her the first Bison female All-Canadian since 2006.
Yussuf, a second-year student and graduate of Garden City Collegiate, was also very successful at the CIS championships. Yussuf helped the men’s team improve nine spots since 2012 to finish ninth overall, and third in Canada West.
In his 10-kilometre national race at Thames Valley Golf Course Yussuf finished 33rd — and sixth in Canada West — with a time of 32.54. For his efforts, he was named Canada West First Team All-Star.