Weekend races to put Vikes on pace for Canada West championship

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

February 8, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track program are heading south of border for the Feb. 9 FloTrack Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Following, they will compete in the Husky Open on Feb. 10, also in Seattle.

At the Husky Classic, three female milers will race including Brittany Therrien (Victoria, BC), Madeline MacDonald (Calgary, AB) and Stephanie Trenholm (Campbell River, BC). For fourth-year Trenholm this will be her first indoor race in two seasons, after injury kept her from competition.

For the men, Brendon Restall (Victoria, BC) will compete in his second 400-m race of the season, while Adam Gaudes (Winnipeg, Man.) and Thomas Riva (Qualicum, BC) will take the 800-m. Karl Robertson (Leduc, AB) will also be competing the mile event, his third go at the event in 2013.

The teams will turn over for Sunday’s events, where first-year Vike Bree Neale (Victoria, BC) will suit up in a Vikes singlet for the first time in the 400-m alongside Andrea Robinson (Langley, BC). Grace Annear (Hampton, NB) and Halley Cote (Victoria, BC) will race in the 600-m and Trenholm will bounce from Saturday’s mile event to race in the 800-m. Maureen McCulligh (Campbell River, BC), Emma Bibault (High River, AB) and veteran Kendra Pomfret (Roberts Creek, BC) will race the 1-km, an event which Pomfret won in last weekend’s Bison Classic. Deirdre Moran (Calgary, AB) will also return from a femoral stress fracture, which she has had since the 2011 CIS cross-country championship, to race in the 3-km event with MacDonald.

CIS All-Canadian Gaudes will race the 600-m event on the Sunday and will look to meet the CIS standards, while Jackson Bocksnick (Lethbridge, AB) and Restall will be aiming to tick the box in the 800-m category. Riva and Robertson will make their debut in the 1-km event and five other Vikes will look to qualify in the men’s 3-km race.

The Vikes will race in the two-day series this weekend, Feb. 9-10, in Seattle before returning for final preparations for the Canada West track championship set to take place at the University of Regina, Feb. 22-23.