By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications
January 11, 2013, VICTORIA, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track and field teams will kick off their season, Jan. 12, with a trip down to Seattle, competing in the University of Washington Huskies’ annual Indoor Preview event.
Among those racing for the Vikes men will be 2012 CIS All-Canadian and silver medalist Adam Gaudes (Winnipeg, Man.). In last year’s CIS Championships, Gaudes raced to a 600-m time of 1:19.05, good enough to place second in the country. Gaudes was also a key member of the Vikes’ CIS silver medal-winning 4×800-m relay team, helping the UVic men to a time of 7:32.58. First-year runner Brendon Restall (Victoria, BC) will also be racing in the 600-m event this weekend.
Competing in the mile are Cole Peterson (Edmonton, Alta.), Thomas Riva (Qualicum, BC) and Karl Robertson (Leduc, AB). Robertson is no stranger to the distance but this will be Riva’s first time running the mile as he looks to add another event to his repertoire.
Making a play for the 3000-m is fourth-year Josh Clouthier (Nanaimo, BC), alongside sophomores Forrest Simpson (Nanaimo, B.C.) and Cody Therrien (Victoria, B.C.). Simpson had a breakout year with the Vikes cross-country team and is now hoping to continue making an impact on the program as he runs the shorter track distances.
2012 CIS Rookie of the Year Rachel Francois (St. Albert, AB) will lead the UVic women in the 600-m along with fellow Vikes Jenica Moore (Victoria, BC) and CIS Second Team All-Canadian Kendra Pomfret (Roberts Creek, BC). At last year’s CIS Championship Francois won the 600-m event with a time of 1:30.19 and as a member of the Vikes’ 4×800-m relay team also earned a silver medal.
Running the mile event for the women will be Emma Bibault (High River, AB) and Maureen McCulligh (Campbell River, BC). Brittany Therrien (Victoria, BC) is the Vikes’ lone competitor in the women’s 3000-m but after being the top finisher for the UVic women at the 2012 CIS Cross-Country Championships this past fall, Therrien is looking forward to the challenge. In the 400-m event, rookie Andrea Robinson (Langley, BC) will hit the track for the first time as a Vike.
The Vikes do not usually race this early season meet but head coach Brent Fougner is looking forward to seeing his athletes in action.
“We’re hoping to get a few CIS standards this weekend for guys like Adam and Brendan,” said Fougner. “For others, they’re moving up in events and this is a good meet for them to get that experience in before the bigger races in a few weeks.”
The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track and field teams begin competition this Saturday, Jan. 12, in Seattle, Wash. at the University of Washington Indoor Preview.