EDMONTON – Veteran middle distance runner Regan Yee of the Trinity Western Spartans and fourth-year guard David Kapinga of the Calgary Dinos are the Canada West first stars of the week for the period ending March 11.
Yee concluded her university career in style, taking home gold in the 1,500m and 3,000m at the U Sports Track and Field Championships in Windsor, Ont. The national medals were the fourth and fifth respectively for Yee, who became the first Spartan in history to win multiple gold medals at the national meet.
Meanwhile some 2,000 kilometres east, David Kapinga put on a show at the U Sports Men’s Basketball Final 8 in Halifax. The guard posted a combined 62 points over three games as the Calgary Dinos claimed their first national title in program history. Kapinga posted 25 points in Calgary’s 79-77 national final victory over the Ryerson Rams on Sunday as the Dinos capped off their Canada West winning season as the nation’s top team.
Also earning stars this week were Saskatchewan’s Summer Masikewich (BB) and UBC’s Kiera Van Ryk (VB) on the women’s side, while Alberta’s Austin Cole (TF) and Trinity Western’s Eric Loeppky (VB) are the other men’s stars.
Four Canada West teams complete their seasons this weekend as the Alberta Golden Bears and Saskatchewan Huskies are in Fredericton, N.B., for the University Cup, while the Manitoba Bisons and Huskies are in London, Ont. for the U Sports Women’s Hockey Championship. Both tournaments are set for Thursday through Sunday.
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Women’s first star – Regan Yee
Trinity Western Spartans track
Middle distance runner
South Hazelton, B.C.
Meet log: Friday and Saturday – gold in the 3,000m in 9:08.99 and gold in the 1,500m in 4:24.92 at the U Sports Championships.
Trinity Western’s Regan Yee capped a remarkable five-year career as a Spartan by winning two gold medals this past weekend at the U Sports Championships.
Yee opened the meet with a first-place finish in the 3,000m, clocking a time of 9:08.99, before duplicating her performance the next day with a gold-medal winning performance in the 1,500m, posting a time of 4:24.92.
With her double-gold effort, Yee finished her career with a TWU-record five individual U Sports track and field medals, earning all of them in the past three years of her career. With her third career individual title – she also won U Sports gold in the 3,000m in 2016 – Yee equaled TWU alum Emma Nuttall, who won high jump gold in 2012, 2014 and 2016, for most individual track and field national championships in program history.
Yee also became the first Spartan to win two gold medals at a single U Sports championship meet.
Men’s first star – David Kapinga
Calgary Dinos basketball
Tournament log: Thursday – 18 points, five rebounds, six assists, and four steals in 78-76 W vs. Brock in U Sports quarterfinal / Saturday – 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 65-43 W vs. McGill in U Sports semifinal / Sunday – 25 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 79-77 W vs. Ryerson in U Sports final.
David Kapinga and the University of Calgary Dinos are national champions in men’s basketball.
A fourth-year guard, Kapinga was named the tournament MVP at the U Sports Final 8 as the Dinos captured their first national title in men’s basketball.
The Canada West third team all-star recorded 18 points, five rebounds, six assists, and four steals as the Dinos edged Brock in their opening game of the tournament, winning 78-76.
Despite struggling in the opening half of Calgary’s national semifinal versus McGill, Kapinga finished with 19 points, four rebounds, three assists, and two steals in a 65-43 victory, booking the Dinos’ ticket to the national championship game.
Much like he did in the Canada West championship game a week earlier, Kapinga was crucial in the Dinos’ banner night as he posted a team-high 25 points, eight rebounds, six assists, one steal.
The Dinos defeated Ryerson 79-77, scoring the winning basket with only two seconds remaining.
Women’s second star – Summer Masikewich
Saskatchewan Huskies basketball
Arts & science
Tournament log: Thursday – 25 points, 14 rebounds, one steal and one block in 72-67 W vs. Acadia in U Sports quarterfinal / Saturday – seven points, six rebounds, two assists, and three blocks in 74-71 W vs. Regina in U Sports semifinal / Sunday – 19 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 69-48 L vs. Carleton in U Sports final.
University of Saskatchewan forward Summer Masikewich helped the Huskies to a silver medal at the U Sports Final 8, tallying 51 points and 32 rebounds in the three games at the tournament.
The arts & science student from Calgary tallied a double-double in Thursday’s 72-67 victory over the Acadia Axewomen in the quarterfinal. She added seven points and six rebounds in the 74-71 semifinal win over the Regina Cougars and another 19 points and 12 rebounds in the 69-48 loss to the Carleton Ravens in the final.
Masikewich was named player of the game for the Huskies in the quarterfinal and final. She was also named a tournament all-star.
This was Saskatchewan’s fifth consecutive trip to the national championship and second time in the tournament final in three years.
Men’s second star – Austin Cole
Alberta Golden Bears track
Sherwood Park, Alta.
Kinesiology, sport and recreation
Meet log: Friday and Saturday – gold and new U Sports record in 300m, gold in 4x200m relay, and gold in 4x400m relay at U Sports Track and Field Championships.
After another dominant weekend on the track, this time at the 2018 U Sports Track and Field Championships at Windsor, sophomore Golden Bears sprinter Austin Cole is a Canada West second star.
After tearing up the Canada West championships in Winnipeg two weeks ago with three gold medals and a record-setting performance, Cole followed that up with three national gold medals, while setting a new U Sports record in the men’s 300-meter dash.
Cole began his remarkable weekend with the record-setting performance on Friday, breaking a 19-year old record in the men’s 300m, surpassing the old record of 33.40 with a time of 33.37 seconds. Cole’s time also set a new Dennis Fairall Fieldhouse record and was his third time this season breaking the Bears’ program record, after he also set a Canada West Championship record two weeks ago at 33.74.
On the final day, Cole added another two gold medals, one in the 4x200m relay, and another in the 4x400m relay, before being named one of two co-Athletes of the Year. Thanks to Cole’s efforts, the Bears earned a national team silver medal, their best finish at the national championship since winning in 2001, and first team medal since earning a bronze in 2006.
Women’s third star – Kiera Van Ryk
UBC Thunderbirds volleyball
Game log: Friday – 14 kills, 16 points, six digs, and four blocks in 3-1 L @ Calgary in CW Championship Game.
The newly minted Canada West Rookie of the Year paced the Thunderbirds with 14 kills and 16 points in Friday’s conference championship that saw UBC fall in four sets to the No. 1-ranked Calgary Dinos.
Van Ryk finished the Canada West postseason with the second most kills with 64 as well as the second most points with 74.5.
Named to the conference’s all-rookie team as well as a first team all-star, Van Ryk tied for the regular season lead in kills with 352 and alone in first in overall points with 411.5.
Van Ryk is headed to her first U Sports national tournament as the defending champion Thunderbirds are seeking their record 12th banner and eighth in the past 11 years.
UBC heads to the University of Laval as the third seed and will face the AUS champion Dalhousie Tigers in the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon.
Men’s third star – Eric Loeppky
Trinity Western Spartans volleyball
Game log: Saturday – 19 kills, .412 hitting percentage, six digs, four blocks, and two aces in 3-1 W vs. Alberta in Canada West Championship Game.
The Canada West First Team All-Star helped Trinity Western to its third consecutive conference championship, leading the Spartans with 19 kills in a four-set victory over Alberta in the title tilt.
Loeppky hit .412 on the night while adding six digs, four blocks and two aces in TWU’s victory. All told, Loeppky, who was second in U Sports with 5.0 points per set during the regular season, finished the night with 5.9 points per set.
With the win, the second-year Loeppky and his Spartan teammates will head to the U Sports championship looking to win their third consecutive national title. The Spartans enter the tournament as the top seed and will play the University of Windsor in the quarterfinals Friday at McMaster University.