Riva breaks 24-year-old UVic 800-m record in weekend race

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

February 12, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track team had a successful weekend at the Husky Classic and Husky Open in Washington. In total, three school records were broken and two CIS standards were achieved.

In the Feb. 9 Husky Classic races, Brendon Restall bested a UVic record for the 400-m with a time of 48.90, a record last broken by team mate Adam Gaudes in 2011 (49.47).

In the men’s 800-m, veteran Thomas Riva impressed with a time of 1:50.38, beating out the 24-year-old school record, as well as meeting the CIS-qualifying standard. Previously, the 800-m record was set by Steve Bachop, whose time was 1:50.67.

Also competing in the Husky Classic was Gaudes, who raced the 800-m (1:51.83), as well as Karl Robertson and Jackson Bocksnick, who ran the mile in 4:11.19 and 4:15.42, respectively. For the women, Madeline MacDonald led the Vikes in the mile race in a time of 4:55.38. Stephanie Trenholm, in her first indoor race in over a year, ran 4:58.42, and Brittany Therrien ran 4:59.29.

In the Feb. 10 Husky Open, Grace Annear raced the 600-m and won her heat in a time of 1:33.80, while Halley Cote raced to a new personal best in 1:38.04. Three Vikes competed in the 1000-m event including Kendra Pomfret, who finished in 2:48.67, good for a second-place finish in the CIS but just shy of the CIS standard. In the same event, Maureen McCulligh ran 2:56.97 and Emma Bibault ran 2:57.10.

MacDonald competed back-to-back days, racing to a new personal best and finishing third in the 3-km in a time of 9:51.73.

For the men, Gaudes picked up a personal best in the 600-m, as his 1:18.91 time qualified him CIS and broke the UVic school record. In the 800-m, Restall ran 1:52.95, while Riva and Robertson competed in the 1-km and finished one-two with times of 2:25.82 and 2:26.08, respectively.

Cody Therrien ran 4:12.99 in the mile event. Three Vikes raced the 3-km including Ryan Cassidy (8:15.53), Forrest Simpson (8:25.48) and Josh Clouthier (8:28.82).

The Vikes will now turn around to prepare for the Canada West track championship, hosted at the University of Regina, Feb. 22-23.

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