Cross-country men, women take one, two in season opener

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VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s cross-country teams got off to an excellent start dominating at the 39th Charles Bowles Invitational hosted in Salem, Ore.

The Vikes men finished the 8-km race in first with an average time of 24:41.23, while the women finished second overall in their 5-km race with an average time of 18:13.62.


Third-year standout Ryan Cassidy dominated the field with a 24:15.81 time to take first place in the men’s race ahead of Oregon Tech’s Paul Adams (24:19.60). Also placing in the top of the pile was Dylan Haight in fourth (24:39.58), Josh Clouthier in seventh (24:48.98), Kyle Irvine in eighth (24:49.68) and Patrick Psotka in 10th (24:50.10). Five other Vikes cracked the top-20 including Cody Therrien, Forrest Simpson, Benjamin Weir, Thomas Getty and Russell Pennock.

The Vikes men tallied the lowest score of 26 ahead of second-place finishers Eastern Oregon (104) and third place Bowerman AC (104).

For the women, Shauna McInnis was the highest placed Vike finishing in seventh in a time of 17:59.40, while Alison Hooper was the next on the list finishing in 10th in a time of 18:08.70. Brittany King finished in 15th in a time of 18:11.10 and was followed closely by Jenna Van Vliet in 17th in 18:14.70.

With 70 points, the Vikes women finished second place overall behind the No. 1 UBC Thunderbirds, who finished with 22 points and an average score of 17:48.60. The T-Birds left little room in the top bracket as four UBC competitors cracked the top-5. Maria Bernard finished in first overall wit ha time of 17:23.90, while Spokane CC’s Jessica Mildes took second in 17:35.40.

Up next the Vikes me will travel to Bellingham, Wash. For the Western Washington Classic Invitational on Oct. 6, while the women will travel for the same meet on Oct. 12. For full schedules and information visit

1 VICTORIA MEN – Average Time 24:41. 23 (26 points)

  • 1 Ryan Cassidy (24:17.81)
  • 4 Dylan Haight (24:39.58)
  • 7 Josh Clouthier (24:48.98)
  • 8 Kyle Irvine (24:49.68)
  • 10 Patrick Psotka (24:50.10)
  • 11 Cody Therrien (24:50.61)
  • 13 Forrest Simpson (25:01.74)
  • 14 Benjamin Weir (25:08.61)
  • 16 Thomas Getty (25:11.41)
  • 19 Russell Pennock (25:21.94)
  • 27 Jackson Bocksnick (25:31.79)
  • 37 Karl Robertson (25:43.36)
  • 56 Matthew Noseworthy (26:12.03)

2 VICTORIA WOMEN – Average Time 18:13.62 (70 points)

  • 7 Shauna McInnis (17:59.40)
  • 10 Alison Hooper (18:08.70)
  • 15 Brittany King (18:11.10)
  • 17 Jenna Van Vliet (18:14.70)
  • 23 Nicole Soderberg (18:34.20