London on the line for Vikes track athletes

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. – A total of 13 track athletes from the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track program are racing in Calgary, Jun 27-30, in hopes of a chance to represent Canada at the 2012 London Olympics.

Vikes standouts are set to compete in the men’s and women’s 800-m and include recent Under-23 Canadian national team member Rachel Francois, as well as Adam Gaudes, John PrattThomas Riva and Karl Robertson.

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The first group of Vikes faces set to hit the track, in the women’s 1500-m, are senior Brittany Therrien, second-year Jenna Van Vliet and rookie Maddy MacDonald. Therrien enters the meet after breaking the 4:30 barrier in Vancouver at the Harry Jerome meet (4:28.04). Van Vliet and MacDonald also raced personal bests to qualify at the Harry Jerome in 4:29.13 and 4:31.15, respectively. In the men’s 1500-m, senior Kyle Irvine and second-year Jackson Bocksnick will race the qualifying rounds after the women on Jun 27, with an eye on the 1500-m final set for Thursday, Jun 28.
 

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UVic’s Rachel Francois will compete in the 800m event in Calgary (Photo by Christian J. Stewart – ISN) 

In the women’s 800-m, scheduled for Jun. 28, three Vikes will take to the tape including Shauna McInnis, Kendra Pomfret and Francois. McInnis has been consistent around the 2:12 mark for the past three races, while Pomfret and Francois have been continually improving in this event over the season. Francois was recently named to the Under-23 Canadian team that will compete at the North American, Central American and Carribean (NACAC) championship as an 800-m runner after a 2:03.97 qualifying race time. Pomfret records a 2:07.70 time and will have a good chance, along side Francois, at qualifying for the finals on Jun 29.

In the men’s 800-m, the four-some of Pratt, Gaudes, Riva and Robertson will be looking to qualify for the Jun. 29 800-m finals. Third-year runner Riva, also qualified to race at the NACAC championship, raced a 1:48.92 at the Donovon Bailey Invitational in Edmonton to qualify for the Calgary event. Gaudes, named a 2012 Canada West outstanding track performer, clocks a personal best of 1:49.57 this season and will be looking to improve on that in Calgary.

Fifth-year Vike Clifford Childs will be the lone UVic contender in the men’s 5-km race, scheduled for Jun 29.

Francois and Riva will compete in at the Canadian Olympic Trials and immediately following will depart for Guanajuato, Mexico to compete at the NACAC championship. 

 

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