OTTAWA (CIS) – Track and field standouts Rachel Machin from the University of Calgary and Olivier Huet from Université de Sherbrooke are the CIS female and male athletes of the week for the period ending March 10, 2013.
Machin, a third-year science student from Calgary, was named the outstanding female athlete of the meet following the CIS championships held from last Thursday to Saturday in Edmonton. The 5-foot-11 junior racked up four medals in as many events, including gold in the long jump and high jump as well as silver in the pentathlon and 60m hurdles, to help the Dinos capture the women's team banner. Machin set a personal best in the long jump with a leap of 6.01m and tied her career record in high jump with an effort of 1.82m.
Saint Mary's basketball player Justine Colley, Montreal hockey player Kim Deschênes and Toronto track and field athlete Alicia Brown were also nominated for the women's award.
Huet, a first-year science student from France, was voted male MVP at the CIS meet and received the George Gemer Award. The 23-year-old was the only athlete to break a championship record in an individual event in Edmonton with a gold-medal effort of 15,81m in the triple jump, only one centimeter better than the previous mark which had stood since 2002. Huet, who had been named CIS athlete of the year in field events prior to the weekend, also claimed bronze in the long jump at the Universiade Pavilion.
UNB hockey player Dan LaCosta as well as track and field stars Anthony Romaniw of Guelph and Kelly Wiebe of Regina were the other male nominees.