Women finish fourth at Western Washington Classic

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By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

October 13, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s cross country team raced to a fourth place finish at the 40th annual Western Washington Classic at East Lake Padden Park in Bellingham, Washington. The Vikes women completed their 6-km race with a team score of 84.

It was the first race of the season for third-year Vike Rachel Francois and fifth-year senior Kendra Pomfret, who placed 19th and 23rd, respectively. Vike Shauna McInnis led the Vikes individually, finishing fourth with a time of 21:52.

Missing from Saturday’s competition were rookie Brittany King and Alison Hooper. Despite the trimmed roster, the Vikes managed to finish ahead of rival UBC and just six points shy of SFU.

“It was a great effort today in Bellingham,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. “Shauna is having her best start to a season this year. With a full team it’s highly likely we would have finished as the top Canadian team at the race.”

Greater Bellingham RC, who posted a team score of 75, captured first-place overall. Trinity Western’s Sarah Inglis was the top individual in Saturday’s race, finishing first with a time of 21:31.

Both Vikes men’s and women’s teams will split up as they head to Seattle, Washington to compete in the Emerald City Invitational, Oct. 19 as well as the Bronco Invitational in Santa Clara, California, also on Oct. 19.

FULL RESULTShttp://www.trackie.com/track-and-field/Results/2013-western-washington-classic/2335/ 

FULL SCHEDULEhttp://govikesgo.com/schedule.aspx?path=wcross&tab=xctrack2