By Andy Watson, Vikes Communications
University of Victoria Vikes track runners established several personal bests over the weekend competing in two meets held over three days at the Dempsey Track at the University of Washington.
Vikes Junior Karl Robertson a ran personal best of 4:07.25 for the mile, which when converted to the CIS racing distance of 1500 metres equates to 3:49.75, under the CIS championship automatic qualifying standard. Roberstson, the defending Canada West 1500-metre champion, moves to the No. 1 ranking in Canada West as well.
UVic senior Cliff Childs ran the fastest 3000-metre time of his career at 8:15.62 to move to No. 7 in the CIS rankings. He also ran a personal best indoor mile time of 4:14.93 to move No. 2 behind Robertson in the Canada West 1500-metre rankings.
Vikes sophomore Dylan Haight ran a personal best in the men’s 3000-metre race clocking a time of 8:24.99 to move to No. 2 in the Canada West rankings behind Childs.
Perhaps the Vikes performance of the day was from rookie Patrick Psotka. Competing in his first race of the season after being out several months with injury, Psotka ran a 10-second personal best in the 3000-metre distance, coming in at 8:47.75.
Kyle Irvine, a fourth-year senior, moved to No. 1 in the Canada West 1000-metre rankings with a personal best of 2:27.79.
On the women’s side, senior Alicia Roske raced to a new personal best of 9:52.65 to move No. 3 in the Canada West rankings. Roske is the defending Canada West champion in the 3000-metre event.