Vikes Dominate Meet 2 in Q’s Victoria Track Series

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Victoria, BC – Saturday May 26, 2012 – The second meet of The Q’s Victoria Track Series took place at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium on Saturday, May 26th with warm sunny skies and a light wind. The Meet offered three distances 800m, 1500m and 5000m.

The first race of the evening featured the University of Victoria Vikes Thomas Riva who won in the time of 1:48.9 over teammate Adam Gaudes who finished exactly one second behind in 1:49.9 and third was Adam Paul-Morris in 1:50.7 who runs for the Coastal Track Club of Vancouver. Riva took the lead with less than 150m metres to go and finished with a strong kick.

Second race of the evening was the 800m Women’s event which also featured athletes from the University of Victoria, including winner Kendra Pomfret who finished in 2:08.60. Pomfret was followed by Grace Annear in 2:09.30 and Shauna McInnis 2:12.50.

The first 5000m race was one by former University of Victoria Vike and Frontrunners Westshore co-owner Nick Walker in 15:37.30. He over-took the lead with less than 200m to go, leaving in his wake, Colin Wallace who finished in 15:41.10 and top local master (over 40) runner Craig Odermatt who came in at 15:45.20.

The open 5000m race was won by Jordan Brietske in 17:22.20. Brietske is sponsored by Frontrunners Westshore. Ian Perrimen of the Prairie Inn Harriers finished second in 17:33.60 and third went to the first woman Shannon Thompson who crossed the finish line in the time of 18:55.50.

The two final races of the even were the 1500m distance events. The open race was one by Sam Walko in 4:32.20, he was followed by Uvic Vikes Jenna van Vliet 4:34.90 and Prairie Inn Harrier Julien Marceau in 4:46.60.

The evening’s main event, the 1500m Men’s race was won by UVic Vike Karl Roberson who finished in 3:49.00, teammate Cliff Childs was next in 3:50.80 and third went to Kyle Irvine with his finish time of 3:51.20 for a Vikes sweep.

The Q’s Victoria Track Series is a multi-event series of meets that takes place between May and September every year. Proceeds go to the Mustard Seed Food Bank. The series is open to all abilities and feature races from as short as 400m to as long as 10,000m on the track.

For all results and more information on the series visit the website: www.victoriatrackseries.ca

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Christian J. Stewart
Christian is a professional photographer and media professional based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Currently working as the Assistant General Manager for Victoria HarbourCats Baseball Club, a Senior Contributing Editor and photographer at Independent Sports News (ISN) and operating his own freelance photography and media/pr company.

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