Vikes 4×800-m relay team win gold

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By Natalie Wise, Vikes Communications

March 9, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Fourth-year University of Victoria Vikes track and field captain Kendra Pomfret (Roberts Creek, BC) bookended day two of the 2013 CIS Track and Field Championships with a bronze medal in the 1-km and a gold medal in the 4×800-m, giving the Vikes their first two medals of the meet.

Kicking off day two of competition for the Vikes, Pomfret raced her first CIS championship 1-km, crossing the finish line at 2:52.93. The time was good enough for a podium finish as she landed a bronze medal, the first bit of hardware for the UVic contingent. It was the University of Ottawa’s Emma Galbraith that took top spot with her time of 2:52.09 while University of Calgary runner Jenna Westaway posted 2:52.89 to come second.

The second Vikes event of the day was the men’s 1-km and on the line for the UVic men was sophomore Thomas Riva (Qualicum, BC). Coming off of a 1-km gold medal win at the 2013 Canada West Track and Field Championships Riva was looking for a podium finish. Unfortunately, it was not to be, as Riva’s time of 2:28.10 was several seconds short of third-place finisher Jean-Samuel Lapointe of the University of Laval.

Competing for UVic in the women’s 3000-m were Brittany Therrien (Victoria, BC) and Madeline MacDonald (Calgary, AB). Therrien ran the 3-km in 9:59.17, placing eighth, while MacDonald came in at number 11 with her time of 10:16.50.

Closing out day two for the Vikes women, the 4×800-m relay team of 600-m specialists Grace Annear (Hampton, NB) and Rachel Francois (St. Albert, AB) combined with fourth-years Jenica Moore (Victoria, BC) and Pomfret, took home the gold. Racing a time of 8:51.36, the 25-year-old record previously set by UVic in 1987, still stands. Coming in second was the University of Toronto, 8:53.05 and third was the University of Guelph, 9:00.80

The UVic men’s 4×800-m relay team was out of medal contention with their fourth-place time of 7:37.34.

“The women rocked today, all the way from the 1000-m to the 4×800-m,” said head coach of the Vikes track and field program, Brent Fougner. “In the events that our women ran in today they performed very well. We definitely need to recover for tomorrow, it’s a new day and we have some more big races.”


The Vikes begin their third day of the 2013 CIS Track and Field Championship at 1:15 p.m. as Francois, currently the event’s defending champion, and teammate Annear, race the 600-m final.

Vikes Day 2 Results

Women’s 1000-m

3. Kendra Pomfret, Victoria 2:52.93*

Women’s 3000-m

8. Brittany Therrien, Victoria 9:59.17

11. Madeline MacDonald, Victoria 10:16.50

Women’s 4×800-m

1. Victoria, 8:51.36*

(Grace Annear, Rachel François, Jenica Moore, Kendra Pomfret)

Men’s 1000-m

4. Thomas Riva, Victoria 2:28.10

Men’s 4×800-m

4. Victoria, 7:37.34

(Adam Gaudes, Cole Peterson, John Pratt, Brendon Restall)