Vikes break 25-year-old Canada West record

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

February 23, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – At the 2013 Canada West Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Regina the University of Victoria Vikes women’s 4×800-m relay team smashed a 25-year-old Canada West record to take home a gold medal and to earn a No. 1 CIS ranking.

The previous Canada West record in the women’s 4×800-m relay was set at 8:51.30 in 1988, posted by one of UVic’s most successful sports dynasties. A track and field team that included 2013 UVic Sports Hall of Fame inductee Silverado Socrates, formerly known as Brenda Shackelton.

The combination of Jenica Moore (Victoria, BC), Kendra Pomfret (Roberts Creek, BC), Grace Annear (Hampton, NB) and Rachel Francois (St. Albert, AB) raced to a time of 8:46.94, setting a new Canada West record and giving them a No. 1 CIS ranking heading into the 2013 CIS Track and Field Championships held in early March.

“Breaking a 25-year-old record was a great way to end the first day of competition,” said Brent Fougner, head coach of the Vikes men’s and women’s track teams. “It gives us some really good momentum going into the second day.”

Also medalling on the women’s side were Pomfret in the 1-km with a third-place time of 2:51.64 while University of Calgary-transfer Madeline MacDonald (Calgary, AB) brought home bronze in the 3-km with her time of 10:05.66.

Racing for the UVic men in the 1-km was the top-ranked Thomas Riva (Qualicum, BC). The third-year Vike controlled the tempo of the entire race and stamped his name on the gold medal with a time of 2:28.77.

In the men’s 300-m, rookie Brendon Restall (Victoria, BC) crossed the line third, clocking in at 35.60 and giving the Vikes another podium finish.

The UVic men wrapped up the day’s events with a gold medal in the 4×800-m relay after John Pratt (Victoria, BC), Cole Peterson (Edmonton, Alta.), Karl Robertson (Leduc, AB) and Adam Gaudes (Winnipeg, Man.) came in at 7:40.39, winning the race by three seconds and successfully defending their 2012 title.