Eight Vikes to compete at Canadian National Track Championship

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By Ardy Ramezani, Vikes Communications

June 20, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Several representatives of the University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track team are currently in Moncton, N.B. to compete in the Canadian Track and Field Championships from Jun. 20-23.

Eight Vikes will race against the countries top athletes in hopes of breaking some personal bests, as well as qualifying for the World Championships and Francophone Games.

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Five Vikes will represent three different provinces at the championship, including Thomas Riva, Cody Therrien and Patrick Psotka, who will represent Team BC. Vikes stand outs Adam Gaudes and Ryan Cassidy will race for Manitoba and New Brunswick, respectively.

Second year Therrien raced the 1500-m preliminaries today, Jun. 20, where he qualified for the Friday semifinals in a time of 3:59.20. Canada West first team all-star Riva, who represented Canada in the 800m at the 2012 Pan American Games, will look to best his time in the same event this week. Also racing in the 800m is 2012 CIS All-Canadian Gaudes, who ran a personal best of 1:48.76 earlier this year.

Both Cassidy and Psotka are competing in the highly-anticipated 3000-m steeplechase event on Friday evening. The event has become one of the most stacked distance events in the country and both Vikes are aiming to set personal bests.

For the women, CIS First Team All-Canadians Grace Annear, Kendra Pomfret, and Rachel Francois are all contenders in the 800-m semifinals on Saturday. Annear is stepping into the competition after recently setting a personal best with a time of 2:07.12. Pomfret similarly ran the 800m with times in the 2:07’s this season and is looking to set a new personal best under 2:07 barrier. After battling injury through the Spring, this will be Francois’ second race of the track season and will be aiming to qualify for the finals on Sunday. Pomfret will also be competing in the 1500-m event.

The Canadian Track and Field Championships will be the trials for both the World Championships held in Moscow, Russia from Aug. 10-18 as well as the Francophone games in Nice, France from Sept. 7-15.

Full List of competing Vikes athletes at the Canadian Track and Field Championships

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Ryan Cassidy

Thomas Riva

Adam Gaudes

Patrick Psotka

Cody Therrien

WOMEN

Rachel Francois

Kendra Pomfret

Grace Annear

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