Vikes Dominate Victoria Track Series First Meet

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Victoria, BC (ISN) – The Q’s Victoria Track Series first meet of the third season took place at the Jack Wallace Memorial Track at Oak Bay High School, Saturday, May 12th under sunny skies and warm temperatures.

The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s teams were racing. The men’s 3000m race was the main event of the night, which happened at a 7:30 PM. Dylan Haight from the University of Victoria won the race, crossing the line in 8:24.90, followed by teammates Patrick Poske in 8:39.20 and Forrest Simpson in 8:43.10.

Haight shared the lead through most of the seven and half laps until he opened up and did not relinquish the lead over Poske.

The women’s 800m race featured a duel between Uvic’s Shauna McInnis and Oceanside Track and Field Club Myriam Bassett who traveled from Nanaimo to take in the meet. McInnis prevailed in the time of 2:14.60 to Bassett’s 2:15.70. Third place went to Uvic Vike Maureen McCulligh who finished in 2:16.40

In the Open category Anton Rabien won in a time of 2:11.60 over Declan O’Callaghan, the son of former Irish International Paul O’Callaghan who was announcing at the meet. O’Callaghan finished in 2:14.00 over top local master and Canadian Military 10k Champion Walter Cantwell with his 2:16.70. Beth Venebles won the women’s section of the open 800m race over Wendy Davies, their times were 2:32.60 and 2:54.70, respectively.

In the 3000m Open race Ian Perrimen prevailed over Peter Holmes they ran 10:04.80 to 10:10.8, respectively. Holmes owns part of the Canadian 4 x 800m record for the 50-plus age-group, which he set during The Q’s Victoria Track Series in 2011. Third place went to Brett McCullough with his 10:30.20. Alicia Roske of the University of Victoria Vikes was the lone female, she finished in 10:39.20.

The second meet of the seven part series that encompasses The Q’s Victoria Track Series takes place at the University of Victoria Saturday, May 26th. Same start time, 6:30 PM. Shaw Television will broadcast that meet that features the 5000m and 1500m distances.

The Q’s Victoria Track Series invites runners of all abilities to try out the joys of track racing – participants compete within their own level. Visit www.victoriatrackseries.ca for information and scheduling.

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