Vikes look to break 25-year-old CIS record

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

March 4, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track and field teams are Alberta-bound this week as 14 Vikes athletes get ready to compete in the 2013 CIS Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Mar. 7-9.

After breaking a 25-year-old Canada West record in the women’s 4×800-m, the Vikes women are going after the 25-year-old CIS record. Both had been previously set by UVic in 1987, by a team that included 2013 UVic Sports Hall of Fame inductee Silverado Socrates, formerly known as Brenda Shackleton, as well as Trish Fougner, nee Wellman, the wife of current Vikes head coach Brent Fougner.

“We like to joke with Trish and tell her that we’re coming for her record,” said Kendra Pomfret (Roberts Creek, BC), fourth-year captain of the women’s track team and currently ranked No. 4 in the women’s 1000-m. “We’re getting closer and closer to it everyday.”

Pomfret will be competing in three events at the championship, the 1000-m, the 4×400-m and the 4×800-m. At last year’s meet Pomfret earned CIS Second Team All-Canadian honours as the 4×800-m team took second place with their time of 8:49.75. This year, the 4×800-m goal is first place and the 25-year-old record to beat is 8:41.66.

2012 CIS Rookie of the Year Rachel Francois (St. Albert, AB), defending champion in the women’s 600-m, will certainly be looking for a repeat performance. Francois will also be racing two relay events, the 4×400-m and the 4×800-m.

Sophomore runnerGrace Annear (Hampton, NB) is tackling the 600-m as well as the 4×400-m and the 4×800-m. Racing the longer distances are Brittany Therrien (Victoria, BC) in the 1500-m and the 3000-m, Therrien took home a gold at the 2013 Canada West Championship in the 1500-m. Teammate Madeline MacDonald (Calgary, AB) has her sights set on a personal best in the 3000-m after coming off of a bronze medal win at the 2013 Canada West Championships.

On the men’s side, 600-m specialist and 2013 CIS silver medallist Adam Gaudes (Winnipeg, Man.) is hoping to better last year’s 1:19.04 finish when he also set a school record. Teammate John Pratt (Victoria, BC) is also slated to race the 600-m in addition to jockeying for a position on the men’s 4×400-m and 4×800-m relay teams while Gaudes will play a key role on both squads.

Third-year Thomas Riva (Qualicum, BC) will be competing in both the 1000-m and the 1500-m after a successful Canada West showing where he won gold and silver in each. Riva is also slated to race the men’s 4×400-m and 4×800-m.

Rounding out the Vikes men’s contingent is sophomore Ryan Cassidy (Grande-Digue, NB) in the 3000-m while Karl Robertson (Leduc, AB), Cole Peterson (Edmonton, Alta.), Brendon Restall (Victoria, BC) and John Pratt (Victoria, BC), will all vie for a spot on the 4×400-m and 4×800-m relay teams.

“Everybody is peaking at the right time, we just need to be healthy and ready to go,” said head coach Fougner. “I’m pretty excited for the weekend, there should be some good races.”

CHAMPIONSHIP WEBSITE / LIVE RESULTS

The Vikes will begin competition on Mar. 8, in Edmonton, Alta., at the University of Alberta’s Butterdome.

CIS TEAM CHAMPIONS (last 10 years)

Women

2011-12 Windsor

2010-11 Windsor

2009-10 Windsor

2008-09 Windsor

2007-08 Guelph

2006-07 Calgary

2005-06 Windsor

2004-05 Saskatchewan

2003-04 Saskatchewan

2002-03 Saskatchewan

Complete list: PAST CIS CHAMPIONS

Men

2011-12 Western

2010-11 Windsor

2009-10 Guelph

2008-09 Windsor

2007-08 Guelph

2006-07 Sherbrooke

2005-06 Windsor

2004-05 Saskatchewan

2003-04 Windsor

2002-03 Windsor

Complete list: PAST CIS CHAMPIONS

2013 CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (selected events webcast daily at www.CIS-SIC.tv)

Thursday, March 7

14:30 Weight Throw (W) Final

15:00 60m Hurdles (W) Pentathlon

15:15 60m Hurdles (M) Pentathlon

15:45 High Jump (W) Pentathlon

16:00 Long Jump (M) Pentathlon

17:15 Shot Put (M) Pentathlon

18:00 60m (W) Heats

18:10 60m (M) Heats

18:15 Shot Put (W) Pentathlon

18:30 High Jump (M) Pentathlon

19:00 60m (W) Final

19:10 60m (M) Final

19:30 Long Jump (W) Pentathlon

19:30 600m (W) Heats

19:45 600m (M) Heats

20:00 4x200m Relay (W) Heats

20:20 4x200m Relay (M) Heats

20:45 1000m (M) Pentathlon

21:00 800m (W) Pentathlon

Friday, March 8

16:30 Weight Throw (M) Final

16:30 60m Hurdles (W) Heats

16:45 60m Hurdles (M) Heats

17:00 Long Jump (M) Final

17:00 Pole Vault (W) Final

17:00 1000m (W) Final

17:10 1000m (M) Final

17:30 60m Hurdles (M) Final

17:40 60m Hurdles (W) Final

17:50 300m (W) Heats

18:05 300m (M) Heats

18:30 3000m (W) Final

18:50 3000m (M) Final

19:00 High Jump (M) Final

19:00 Long Jump (W) Final

19:00 Shot Put (W) Final

19:40 300m (W) Final

19:50 300m (M) Final

20:00 4x800m Relay (W) Final

20:15 4x800m Relay (M) Final

Saturday, March 9

12:30 Triple Jump (W) Final

12:30 Pole Vault (M) Final

13:15 600m (W) Final

13:30 600m (M) Final

14:15 4x200m Relay (W) Final

14:25 4x200m Relay (M) Final

14:30 High Jump (W) Final

14:45 Triple Jump (M) Final

14:45 Shot Put (M) Final

14:45 1500m (W) Final

15:00 1500m (M) Final

16:00 4x400m Relay (W) Final

16:15 4x400m Relay (M) Final

About Canadian Interuniversity Sport

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