Men earn second first-place finish of season

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By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

October 19, 2013, VICTORIA (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes cross-country teams headed south to Santa Clara, California and Seattle, Washington for races at the Bronco Invitational and the Emerald City Open.

The men’s side finished first overall in the Bronco Invitational 8km race while the women placed second behind UBC. Vikes Ben Weir and Grace Annear were the top Vike finishers at the Emerald City Open, placing fifth and 16th respectively.



The Vikes men continued their undefeated season, with junior Ryan Cassidy placing third overall in strong Division 1 field. The women also put forth another strong result, finishing second behind UBC with Shauna McInnis leading the Vikes women once again, finishing 22nd overall.

“The course was fast and both of our teams showed they are ready for the CIS Championships,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. “Ryan ran an outstanding race against some of the top teams in California.”

A much smaller contingent of Vikes headed to Seattle’s Emerald City Open. Led by Weir in fifth-place, freshman Russell Pennock also finished close behind in eight-place. Junior Nicole Soderberg, the only other women in competition in Seattle, placed 28th overall.

“Our three men’s rookies ran tough today on a really hilly course,” said Vikes assistant coach Andrew Ellerton. “I’ve been impressed with the way our players have handled the increased distance and transition into the collegiate ranks.

The Oct. 19 races were the final tune-up for a majority of the Vikes as they prepare for the 2013 CIS National Championships, Nov. 9 in London, Ontario.

Bronco Invitational Results:

  • 3 Ryan Cassidy 23:52.6 4:49
  • 10 Olivier Collins 24:08.9 4:52
  • 26 Patrick Psotka 24:32.0 4:57
  • 32 Forrest Simpson 2 4:34.2 4:57
  • 33 Josh Clouthier 24:34.2 4:57
  • 57 Kyle Irvine 24:49.9 5:00
  • 66 Cole Peterson 24:55.3 5:01
  • 67 Cody Therrien 24:55.5 5:01
  • 22 Shauna McInnis 21:09.7 5:41
  • 36 Madeline McDonald 21:22.5 5:44
  • 43 Rachel Francois 21:27.0 5:46
  • 85 Jenna Van Vliet 21:56.0 5:53
  • 90 Brittany King 21:58.4 5:54

Emerald City Open

  • 5 Ben Weir 25:48.0
  • 6 Thomas Getty 25:51.5
  • 17 Grace Annear 23:11.6
  • 28 Nicole Soderberg 23:44.0