By Ardy Ramezani, Vikes Communications
July 3, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The 25th annual Victoria International Track Classic will be hosted at UVic’s Centennial Stadium on Friday, July 5. The highly anticipated event, which is the finale of the cross-Canada National Track League series, will feature numerous competitors from various countries as well as 16 UVic Vikes.
The track classic comes two weeks after the Canadian Track and Field Championship in Moncton, N.B., where eight Vikes competed against the nation’s top athletes. On Friday, many Vikes will once again face many of the country’s best and will also get a taste of competition against numerous international athletes.
Vikes women Rachel Francois, Kendra Pomfret and Grace Annear who competed in Moncton, will be giving the 800-m another shot as they look to post strong results and personal bests going into the new season. The women’s 800-m is one of the most anticipated events of the Track Classic as Victoria native and national record holder, Diane Cummins will be looking to use the event to qualify for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in Moscow, Russia from August. 10-18.
Also joining Cummins will be Melissa Bishop and Karine Belleau-Beliveau, who were the gold and silver medalists of the national championships with achieved times that already qualified them for the World Championships.
For the men, Canada West first team all-star Thomas Riva, who placed sixth in the 800-m at nationals, will be looking to run a similar time in the same event. Fellow Vike and CIS All-Canadian Adam Gaudes who competed in the 800-m at Moncton will also be competing in the 800-m, which will feature the newly crowned national champion and 2012 Olympian, Geoff Harris. In addition, Cody Therrien and Patrick Psotka will be racing against the new 2013 national champion and two-time Olympian, Nate Brannen in the 1500-m. Like the women, the men are all looking to post strong results and set personal bests.
In total, there will be athletes from nine different countries and 23 medalists from the 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championships competing at this year’s Track Classic. A total of 100,000 dollars in prize money will also be awarded this year.
Field events will start at 5pm and the competition will be wrapped up after 9 pm. For more information on the VITC visit: www.trackclassic.com