By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications
January 29, 2013, Victoria BC (ISN) – Racing in their second track meet of the year, the UW Invitational on Jan. 26, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track teams had several strong performances that look very promising in the lead up to the CIS Championships in Edmonton in March.
Competing in the men’s mile were Thomas Riva (Qualicum, BC) and Karl Robertson (Leduc, AB) racing to times of 4:10.25 and 4:13.51, respectively. With the CIS standard set at 4:06.63 Riva and Robertson fell just short of qualification.
Although not meeting the CIS standard of 1:51.41, track specialist Adam Gaudes (Winnipeg, Man.) ran a strong 800-m as he finished in 1:53.34. Teammate Brendon Restall (Victoria, BC) ran his signature 400-m in 49.36 while Cody Therrien (Victoria, B.C.), with a personal best of 8:25.10 and Forrest Simpson (Nanaimo, B.C.) with a time of 8:40.06 took on the 3000-m.
Additionally, Riva, Roberton, Restall and Gaudes competed in the men’s 4×400-m relay with a time of 3:20.60, currently placing them third in the CIS.
On the women’s side, Rachel Francois (St. Albert, AB) led the 800-m with a time of 2:09.48 while Grace Annear (Hampton, NB), returning from an early cross-country season injury, raced a personal best time of 2:10.29. Veteran Vikes Kendra Pomfret (Roberts Creek, BC) and Jenica Moore (Victoria, BC) came in at 2:10.51 and 2:16.25.
Racing the mile for the women were Madeline MacDonald (Calgary, AB) and Brittany Therrien (Victoria, BC) with times of 5:01.28 and 4:54.72, just missing the mark on CIS qualification.
In the women’s 4×400-m relay Pomfret, Francois, Annear and Moore raced a time of 3:51.74, which also place them within the country’s top ten relay teams at fifth.
Next up for the Vikes track and field teams is the Bison Classic, hosted by the University of Manitoba, Feb. 1-2.