Strong performances by Gaudes and Francois boost Vikes in relay events

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

January 14, 2013, VICTORIA, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track teams return from the University of Washington Indoor Preview with several positive results that indicate a strong season ahead.

Led by standout Adam Gaudes (Winnipeg, Man.), the Vikes men’s 4×800-m relay team came first while the women’s came second. Additionally, track specialist Rachel Francois (St. Albert, AB) placed third in the women’s 600-m.


The men’s 4×800-m relay team, comprised of 2012 CIS silver medalist and All-Canadian Gaudes, Cole Peterson (Edmonton, Alta.), Karl Robertson (Leduc, AB) and Thomas Riva (Qualicum, BC), were impossible to beat as they ran a time of 7:39.38 in comparison to second-place Washington’s time of 7:41.98.

Gaudes also competed in the men’s 600-m event, coming fourth with a time of 1:19.67, while fellow Vike Brendon Restall (Victoria, BC) crossed the line at 1:21.03. Running the mile were Peterson, Riva, and Robertson with Riva boasting the best time of the three, 4:12.61. In the men’s 3000-m Forrest Simpson (Nanaimo, B.C.) was the fastest Vike with a time of 8:26. 34.

Racing for UVic in the women’s 4×800-m relay, the 2012 CIS Rookie of the Year Francois, Emma Bibault (High River, AB), Jenica Moore (Victoria, BC) and Kendra Pomfret(Roberts Creek, BC) posted the best result of the weekend for the women with a time of 9:14.31.

Additionally, in the women’s 600-m event, Francois did very well to cross the line third as she ran a time of 1:32.39. Moore won her heat with a time of 1:37.3 while Pomfret placed fifth overall with a time of 1:33.76. Competing in the women’s mile were Maureen McCulligh (Campbell River, BC) and Bibault, with times of 5:18.14 and 5:18.68, respectively.

“Overall it was a great start to our season,” said the University of Victoria Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. “It gives the athletes a good idea of what they need to work on and it was nice to get the first race out of the way fairly early.”

The University of Victoria men’s and women’s track teams will compete again in Seattle in two weeks’ time at the University of Washington’s Invitational on Jan. 25.