By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications – Photos by Glenn Ivens (ISN)
February 22, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track teams look to be in good shape heading into this year’s Canada West championship hosted by the University of Regina, Feb. 22-23.
Led by 2012 CIS All-Canadian and 2012 600-m silver medalist Adam Gaudes (Winnipeg, Man.) and 2012 CIS Rookie of the Year and 2012 600-m gold medalist Rachel Francois (St. Albert, AB), the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track teams look to be in good shape.
UVIC – Adam Gaudes (2012 CIS 600m silver medalist) holds the top spot in the 600m – Photo by Glenn Ivens (ISN)
Both Gaudes and Francois will be looking to make a play for the men’s and women’s 600-m titles and undoubtedly will give both 4×800-m relay teams a boost with the men’s side ranked No. 1 in Canada West and the women’s at No. 2. The Vikes women are currently the defending champions of the 4×800-m title and they will certainly be gunning for another first place finish.
Also ranked No. 1 in Canada West, in the men’s 1000-m, third-year Thomas Riva (Qualicum, BC) has his sights set on gold in this year’s championship. Riva is heading into the meet after a stellar weekend at the University of Washington Husky Classic. On Feb. 9 Riva beat a 24-year-old UVic record in the 800-m with his time of 1:50.38.
UVIC – Thomas Riva is ranked number 1 in the 1000m – Photo by Glenn Ivens (ISN)
In the 1500-m race the top three spots belong to the Vikes as Riva, fourth-year Karl Robertson (Leduc, AB) and sophomore Cody Therrien (Victoria, B.C.) are ranked one, two and three, respectively.
Making his first appearance at the Canada West championships is Vikes rookie Brendon Restall. The Victoria native is hoping to make an impact racing alongside Gaudes in the 600-m and is the lone Vikes representative in the men’s 300-m.
UVIC – Rachel Francois (2012 CIS Rookie of the Year, and 600m champion) – Photo by Glenn Ivens (ISN)
On the women’s side, Francois is doubling up to race the 300-m event as well as her signature 600-m. Fourth-year runners Kendra Pomfret (Roberts Creek, BC) and Jenica Moore (Victoria, BC), alongside sophomores Grace Annear (Hampton, NB) and Halley Cote (Victoria, BC), are also competing in the women’s 600-m. Pomfret took top honours in the 1-km in this year’s Bison Classic, Feb. 1-2, and is the Canada West defending champion, taking home the gold in last year’s race. Competing alongside teammates Maureen McCulligh (Campbell River, BC), Stephanie Trenholm (Campbell River, BC) and rookie Emma Bibault (High River, AB), Pomfret will certainly be looking for a repeat performance this weekend.
The UVic Vikes will begin competition at the 2013 Canada West Track and Field Championships on Friday, Feb. 22 at the Regina Fieldhouse, when the men and women race in the 1000-m event.
List of Vikes at 2013 Canada West Track and Field Championships
Rachel Frrancois (300-m and 600-m)
Kendra Pomfret (600-m and 1000-m)
Grace Annear (600-m)
Jenica Moore (600-m)
Maureen McCulligh (1000-m and 1500-m)
Emma Bibault (1000-m and 1500-m)
Brittany Therrien (1500-m and 3000-m)
Maddy MacDonald (1500-m and 3000-m)
Stephanie Trenholm (1000-m and 1500-m)
Halley Cote (600-m)
Brendon Restall (300-m and 600-m)
Adam Gaudes (600-m)
John Pratt (600-m)
Thomas Riva (1000-m and 1500-m)
Karl Robertson (1000-m and 1500-m)
Cole Peterson (1000-m and 1500-m)
Jackson Bocksnick (1000-m and 1500-m)
Cody Therrien (1500-m and 3000-m)
Ryan Cassidy (1500-m and 3000-m)
Forrest Simpson (1500-m and 3000-m)
Josh Clouthier (1500-m and 3000-m)
Dylan Haight (1500-m and 3000-m)
Doug Oxland (1500-m and 3000-m)