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WINNIPEG (ISN) – Only eight hours after she was crowned CIS rookie of the year, Rachel Francois, kept on pace with a first place finish in the women’s 600m race. Minutes later, Canada West male track athlete of the year, Adam Gaudes, also took first place in the 600m race, sending both him and Francois through to the finals, set for Saturday, Mar. 10.



In the women’s 600m preliminaries, Francois raced to an overall first place finish with a time of 1:31.48. Francois established herself at the front of the pack in the opening 200m and finished strong in front of Alberta’s Nicole Soderberg (1:31.70), who finished fourth in the overall preliminary standings. Kendra Pomfret, nationally-ranked No. 3 entering the race, finished ninth overall with a time of 1:32.91, while first-year Grace Annear finished 11th with a time of 1:35.06. Pomfret and Annear will miss out on the 600m finals as only the winners of both heats and the next four best times qualify for the finals.

In the men’s 600m preliminaries, second-year Gaudes took first place overall in a time of 1:19.58 ahead of Western University’s Scott Leitch (1:19.60). Gaudes pushed hard the final 50m to best Toronto’sMichael Trnkus (1:19.70), who finished third overall. No. 2 ranked John Pratt finished fifth in a time of 1:19.76. Both Gaudes and Pratt qualify for the 600m finals on Mar. 10 scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Tomorrow, Mar. 9, the Vikes will have several competitors competing beginning with the men’s 1000m final where Thomas Riva, the lone Vike, will compete beginning at 7:30 p.m. (CST). Fifth-year veteransAlicia Roske and Clifford Childs will compete in the women’s and men’s 3000m finals, respectively. For Roske, this will be her final CIS race as a Vike as she looks to improve on her qualifying time of 9:54.12.

Rounding up the evening will be the women’s and men’s 4 x 800m relay teams. The women’s team enters as the No. 1 team in the country, with a qualifying time of 7:37.67. The men’s team enters as the CIS No. 2 team wth a qualifying time of 8:55.43. Both races will wrap up day two of the national championships, with the women starting at 9:10 p.m. (CST) and the men at 9:25 p.m. (CST).

Mar. 9, 2012 Schedule – CIS Track Championships Day 2:
7:30 p.m. – Men’s 1000m final (Thomas Riva)
7:50 p.m. – Women’s 3000m final (Alicia Roske)
8:10 p.m. – Men’s 3000m final (Clifford Childs)
9:10 p.m. – Women’s 4 x 800m relay final (Grace Annear, Shauna McInnis, Kendra Pomfret, Rachel Francois)
9:25 p.m. – Men’s 4 x 800m relay final (John Pratt, Thomas Riva, Karl Robertson, Adam Gaudes)
Note: All times listed in CST