By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications
January 25, 2013, VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track teams are about to race their first big meet of the year in at the 2013 University of Washington Invitational.
To sample some new events for a few of their key runners the Vikes entered an early season meet two weeks ago and are looking to build on this head start as they move towards the CIS championships in March.
Competing for the Vikes men in the 800-m event is 2012 CIS 600-m silver medalist Adam Gaudes (Winnipeg, Man.). Racing against several top NCAA athletes Gaudes is hoping to grab a school record and qualify for the 600-m race with an 800-m converted time of less than 1:51.41.
In his first year as a Vike, Victoria-born track specialist Brendon Restall (Victoria, BC) is running the 400-m this weekend and is hoping to hook the 600-m CIS standard of 1:19.81 through his 400-m results. Karl Robertson (Leduc, AB) and Thomas Riva (Qualicum, BC) are representing the Vikes in the men’s mile while Cody Therrien (Victoria, B.C.) and Forrest Simpson (Nanaimo, B.C.) are racing the 3000-m event.
Leading the women’s contingent is 2012 CIS Rookie of the Year and CIS 600-m gold medalist Rachel Francois (St. Albert, AB) as she competes in her first 800-m of the season. While competing against some of the best varsity athletes in North America, Francois is looking to hit CIS targets prior to attending Athletics Canada’s Olympic Development camp in early February.
Additional 800-m competitors include CIS Second Team All-Canadians Kendra Pomfret (Roberts Creek, BC) and Grace Annear (Hampton, NB) alongside teammate Jenica Moore (Victoria, BC). Veteran runners Brittany Therrien (Victoria, BC) and Madeline MacDonald (Calgary, AB) are racing the mile, MacDonald is competing for the first time in an indoor event.
After taking Friday as a travel day, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track teams will compete in their second meet of the track season on Saturday, Jan. 26, in Seattle, Wash.