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By: James Nielsen, Vikes Communications

January 25, 2014 (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s and women’s track teams wrapped up competition January 25 at the 19th annual McGill Team Challenge.

Third-year Vike Grace Annear set a new meet record and finished first in the women’s 600-metre race while teammates Rachel Francois and Nicole Soderberg rounded out the top-3 to sweep the podium.


Annear’s time of 1:30.73 was a personal best for the New Brunswick native. Teammate Francois finished just behind in the race as she ran to a second-place finish with a time of 1:30.77. Vike Nicole Soderberg placed third with a time of 1:32.19 to complete the podium sweep.

In the final race of the meet for the Vikes, Shauna McInnis placed fourth in the women’s 1500-metre race with a time of 4:33.67.

Saturday’s races capped off an impressive weekend for the Vikes, with Friday’s competition also including a record-breaking run from fourth-year Vike Thomas Riva in the men’s 1000-metre. McInnis also posted a personal-best finish Friday in the women’s 1000-metre, finishing her race in a time of 2:50.83.

Francois was also put to the test during the meet, facing Olympian Melissa Bishop in an 800-metre invitational race that ended with a third-place finish and a time of 2:07.83.

The Vikes men’s and women’s track teams will next face competition Feb. 1 when they return to the University of Washington to compete in the UW Invitational.