By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications
February 4, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Competing in the fourth annual Bison Classic on Feb. 1-2 hosted by the University of Manitoba, the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track and field teams boasted several top three finishes with a highlight first-place finish by Kendra Pomfret (Roberts Creek, BC) in the women’s 1-km.
Pomfret’s stellar 2:54.57 performance in the 1-km took her to number one as the fourth-year Vike ran in the lead from start to finish and nearly three seconds ahead of the next competitor. Another impressive performance came from sophomore runner Rachel Francois (St. Albert, AB), the 2012 CIS Rookie of the Year. Francois ran under her usual 600-m distance in the women’s 300-m and placed second with a time of 39.89.
Five UVic women challenged the 600-m distance, including Grace Annear (Hampton, NB) with a time of 1:35.70, Jenica Moore (Victoria, BC) with a personal best of 1:35.40, Halley Cote (Victoria, BC) in 1:40.36 and Francois and Pomfret in their second race of the day with respective times of 1:33.40 and 1:33.76.
In the women’s 1500-m event veteran runner Maureen McCulligh (Campbell River, BC) posted a time of 4:46.74 while teammate Emma Bibault (High River, AB) came in at 4:49.02. The final race of the day for the women was the 4×400-m as Pomfret, Francois, Moore and Annear earned second place with their time of 3:50.27.
On the men’s side, both Brendon Restall (Victoria, BC) and John Pratt (Victoria, BC) ran in the 600-m. Restall placed third overall in 1:20.82 while Pratt came in at 1:21.22. The lone competitor for the Vikes in the men’s 1-km was Cole Peterson (Edmonton, Alta.). Peterson did well to place second with his time of 2:33.18.
Vikes in the men’s 1500-m were Jackson Bocksnick (Lethbridge, AB) and Josh Clouthier (Nanaimo, BC), running in at 3:58.87 and 3:59.66, respectively. The foursome of Restall, Pratt, Peterson and Bocksnick finished off the meet in the 4×400-m relay, posting a time of 3:25.79.
The UVic women wrapped up the weekend in seventh with 36 points while the men landed in sixth with 62. Continuing their fast and furious track season the Vikes are off again next weekend, Feb. 8-9, to compete in the Flotrack Husky Classic hosted by the University of Washington.