Track & Field championship preview

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February 20, 2014, EDMONTON (ISN) – University of Alberta Pavilion in Edmonton is site of the 2014 Canada West track & field championships as the Golden Bears & Pandas host a two-day event, February 21-22.

Men’s teams will compete for the R.E. DuWors Trophy, while women will battle for the Eleanor Haslam Trophy. Individually, there will be awards for top performers, rookies and coaches.

The Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships take place March 6-8 at the University of Alberta: http://english.cis-sic.ca/championships/trackfield/index

LIVE RESULTS

http://www.ellistrack.ca/CanWest/LiveResults

SCHEDULE

Day 1– Friday, February 21

Session 1

  • 2:00pm M Weight Toss FINAL
  • 2:00pm M Long Jump FINAL
  • 2:15pm W 60m Hurdles Pentathlon
  • 2:25pm W 60m Hurdles Heats
  • 2:40pm M 60m Hurdles Pentathlon
  • 2:50pm M 60m Hurdles Heats
  • 3:05pm W High Jump Pentathlon
  • 3:10pm W 1000m Timed-section FINAL
  • 3:25pm M 1000m Timed-section FINAL
  • 3:40pm W 300m Heats
  • 4:00pm M 300m Heats
  • 4:00pm M Long Jump Pentathlon
  • 4:15pm W Shot Put Pentathlon
  • 4:20pm W 3000m FINAL
  • 4:35pm M 3000m FINAL

Awards: Weight Throw (M), Long Jump (M), 1000m (M/W), 3000m (M/W)

  • 5:10pm M Shot Put Pentathlon
  • 5:15pm W Long Jump Pentathlon

Session 2

  • 6:30pm W Long Jump FINAL
  • 6:35pm W Pole Vault FINAL
  • 6:40pm M High Jump Pentathlon
  • 6:50pm M 60mH FINAL
  • 6:50pm W Shot Put FINAL
  • 7:00pm W 60mH FINAL
  • 7:15pm W 300m FINAL
  • 7:20pm M 300m FINAL
  • 7:30pm W 800m Pentathlon

Awards: Long Jump (W), Pole Vault (W), 60mH (M/W), Shot Put (W), 300m (M/W)

  • 7:50pm M 1000m Pentathlon
  • 8:00pm W 4x800m Relay FINALS
  • 8:15pm M 4x800m Relay FINALS

Awards: Pentathlon (M/W), 4x800m Relay (M/W)

Day 2, Saturday, February 22

Session 3

  • 11:30am W Weight Toss FINAL
  • 12:15pm M Triple Jump FINAL
  • 12:20pm W 60m Heats
  • 12:30pm W High Jump FINAL
  • 12:40pm M 60m Heats
  • 1:00pm M Pole Vault FINAL
  • 1:10pm W 600m FINAL
  • 1:25pm M 600m FINAL
  • 1:40pm W 60m FINAL
  • 1:45pm M 60m FINAL
  • 2:00pm M Shot Put FINAL
  • 2:15pm W Triple Jump FINAL
  • 2:30pm M High Jump FINAL

Awards: Weight Throw (W), Triple Jump (M), High Jump (W), Pole Vault (M), 600m (M/W), 60m (M/W)

Session 4

  • 2:45pm W 4×200 Relay FINAL
  • 2:55pm M 4x200m Relay FINAL
  • 3:05pm W 1500m FINAL
  • 3:20pm M 1500m FINAL

Awards: Shot Put (M), Triple Jump, (W), High Jump (M), 4x200m Relay (M/W), 1500m (M/W)

  • 3:50pm W 4x400m Relay FINAL
  • 4:00pm M 4x400m Relay FINAL

Awards: 4x400m Relay (M/W) & Canada West championships Trophy & Banner (M/W)

CIS RANKINGS (February 18th)

Men

(points) / (previous ranking)

  • 1. York 91.5 points / (1)
  • 2. Guelph 90 / (2)
  • 3. Sherbrooke 69.83 / (3)
  • 4. Windsor 63.5 / (4)
  • 5. Victoria 42.5 / (5)
  • 6. Laval 39 / (8)
  • 7. Regina 38.5 / (7)
  • 8. Toronto 38.1 / (6)
  • 9. Western 36.2 / (9)
  • 10. Trinity Western 28.83 / (NR)

Women

  • 1. Calgary 84 points / (1)
  • 2. Guelph 79.5 / (4)
  • 3. Trinity Western 76 / (2)
  • 4. Saskatchewan 72.5 / (3)
  • 5. Toronto 66 / (5)
  • 6. Western 60 / (6)
  • 7. York 44 / (7)
  • 8. Windsor 37 / (9)
  • 9. Victoria 32 / (8)
  • 10. Regina 16 / (10) 

ALBERTA GOLDEN BEARS & PANDAS

Men

  • 2012-13 CW: 7th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 14th
  • Last CW title: 2006
  • Last CIS title: 2001

Women

  • 2012-13 CW: 4th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 8th
  • Last CW title: 1983
  • Last CIS title: 1985

Key additions: Nathan Filipek (pole vault), Patrick Harper (weight throw), Amy Buzikievich (3,000m), Kieran McDonald (3,000m)

Key returnees: Courtney Wilkes (triple jump), Stephen McPhee (pentathlon), Ciera Heshka-Wolf (weight throw), Ted Kostelnik (high jump), Mitchell Home (300m), Alexa Hrycun

Key departures: Kathryn McCaffrey (60m hurdles and triple jump), Katrina Martin (60m)

The University of Alberta Golden Bears and Pandas track and field program will host the 2013-14 Canada West championships this weekend, February 21-22, in the U of A Pavilion. After finishing fourth and seventh, in the women’s and men’s standings respectively, the U of A teams are both gunning for top five finishes at home in 2014.

While the program is in year two of a rebuild, under the direction of Wes Moerman, results are still expected, especially at home. In fact, following the Canada West championship meet, the U of A will serve as host, once again, for the CIS track and field championships, which run March 7-9.

The Pandas have not won the Canada West crown since 2001, while the Bears were last honoured as conference champs in 2006. And while the Bears and Pandas are not expected to push for a team podium finish this season, the U of A teams are flush with a stable of young and promising student-athletes who are medal threats.

Fifth-year Courtney Wilkes is Alberta’s top medal threat on the women’s side. A member of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Wilkes is a top competitor in the triple jump, having won the event at last year’s Canada West meet, and has already broken a school record this year. Fifth-year thrower Ciera Heshka-Wolf, who won conference silver last season, remains a podium threat in the weight throw this year as well.

The Pandas’ 4x200m relay team (Alexa Hrycun, Daniella Clonfero, Melissa Lotholz and Monique Gervais) should be in the hunt for a medal as well.

On the men’s side, three-time Canada West gold medalist Stephen McPhee represents Alberta’s best chance at a gold medal, as the 2012 Canada West Male Field Athlete of the Meet is a top competitor in the pentathlon. Isaac Tyler will contend in the high jump, while third-year Ted Kostelnik, who claimed silver last year, will jump for glory in the long jump. Fifth-year Mitchell Home was a bronze medalist in the 300m run in 2012, and should be a competitor this year as well.

Newcomer Nathan Filipek has emerged as a threat in the pole vault, while fellow rookie Patrick Harper could be a contender in the weight thrower.

http://athletics.ualberta.ca/

CALGARY DINOS

Men

  • 2012-13 CW: 5th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 15th
  • Last CW title: 2012
  • Last CIS title: none

Women

  • 2012-13 CW: 1st
  • 2012-13 CIS: 1st
  • Last CW title: 2013
  • Last CIS title: 2013

Key returnees: Rachel Machin, Rachael McIntosh, Jenna Westaway, Brad Bickley

Key additions: Katelyn Lehner, Jamie Kolodinsky, Alex Bymoen, Andrew Dargie

Key departures: Danielle Kendall, Kelsey Lotwin

CALGARY – The University of Calgary Dinos women’s track and field team will look to defend their Canada West title in Edmonton, Feb. 21-22 and prepare for the CIS Championships taking place two weekends later in the same venue.

Last season, the Dinos regained their national supremacy, taking the women’s title in what came down to the final relay of the championships. Calgary previously won the title back in 2007 and will head into the conference championships ranked No. 1 in the country.

On the men’s side, Calgary surprised many, taking the Canada West title two years ago, and will hope to make an impact this weekend. They head to Edmonton ranked fourth in the conference and 12th in Canada.

The Dinos women’s team will return a number of standouts from last season including the likes of Rachel Machin, CIS Championship Outstanding Athlete of the Year, Jenna Westaway, CIS Track Athlete of the Year, and Rachael McIntosh, CIS and Canada West Pentathlon Gold Medalist.

Machin will compete in five events including the pentathlon, 60m hurdles, long jump, high jump and shot put, as will McIntosh. Fifth-year veteran McIntosh will also compete as part of two relay teams for the Dinos including the 4×400 and 4×800. Westaway will also be a huge factor in Calgary’s success. The second-year Dino is ranked first in the country in both the 600m and 1000m. Also returning for Calgary is 60m hurdles CIS bronze medalist Nicole Charlesworth, Canada Games Champion Samme Groenveld who will take on the shot put and weight throw, and Kimberly Stephenson who finished fourth in the pole vault at the CIS Championships last year.

Two rookies looking to help the Dinos win a Canada West Championship this weekend include Katelyn Lehner and Jamie Kolodinsky. Lehner joins the Dinos as a national junior heptathlon champion and will compete in the same events as Machin, as well as the 4×200 and 4×400 relays. Kolodinsky is ranked in both the high jump and long jump for the Dinos as a rookie.

On the men’s side, Brad Bickley returns for his fifth and final year.  The Haskyne School of Business student is ranked first in the conference in the 1500m and second in the 1000m. He will also compete in the 600m, 3000m, as well as part of the 4×400 and 4×800 relay teams. Chinedu Ezetah and rookie Alex Bymoen will hope to medal in the 60m. Bymoen enters his first year with the Dinos as the top ranked rookie in that race.

Andrew Dargie brings a wealth of experience to the Dinos men’s team. He ranks second in the 300m and hails from Stanford University. Other rookies looking to make an impact include Pedro Diaz as a fourth-ranked weight thrower and Corey Minton who comes in at third in the conference in the triple jump.

http://godinos.com/

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS

Men

  • 2012-13 CW: 8th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 21st
  • Last CW title: none
  • Last CIS title: none

Women

  • 2012-13 CW: T-7th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 13th
  • Last CW title: none
  • Last CIS title: none

Key additions: Aaron Hernandez (Long jump, triple jump), Laura Roth, Madison Hurst

Key returnees: Peter Millman (weight throw, shot put), Kayla Gallagher (weight throw), Phillip Rockerbie (Hurdles), Ryan Sommer (weight throw, shot put)

LETHBRIDGE, AB – After sending 22 athletes to the past two Canada West Championships, the Lethbridge Pronghorn track and field team sends 21 competitors to the conference meet in Edmonton this year with some definite medal hopefuls.

Picking up where she left off from her freshman season Kayla Gallagher enters the conference meet ranked second in the weight throw but if her first year was any indication, her best this season is yet to come. Last year Gallagher peaked at the right time winning both the Canada West and CIS weight throw titles. Joining Gallagher in the throws events will be second-year Montana Forsyth and newcomer Lara Roth. Roth will also throw in the shot put event.

On the men’s side, reigning Canada West weight throw championship Peter Millman also had a good start to his second season and enters the conference meet as the top ranked weight thrower. Millman is a medal threat in the shot put as well, ranked second in Canada West. Fellow thrower Ryan Sommer has taken a big step forward this season and is a medal contender in the shot put.

Third-year hurdler and pentathlon competitor Phillip Rockerbie had some positive early season results, ranked second in the conference in the 60-metre hurdles and has an outside shot at the podium in the pentathlon. Freshman jumper Aaron Hernandez burst on to the collegiate scene this season, winning both the long jump and triple jump events at the Golden Bear open. He will enter the Canada West Championships ranked first in the triple jump and third in the long jump.

http://www.gohorns.ca/

MANITOBA BISONS

Men

  • 2012-13 CW: 3rd
  • 2012-13 CIS: 12th
  • Last CW title: 2009
  • Last CIS title: 1996

Women

  • 2012-13 CW: T-7th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 22nd
  • Last CW title: 1996
  • Last CIS title: none

WINNIPEG – Heading into the Canada West championship, the Manitoba Bisons track and field teams will both have chances at medals and the men’s team have a realistic goal to finish top three.

The Bisons men’s squad finished third last season at the conference championship and look to match that result as they are right now not ranked in the Top 3. Despite being ranked lower than some schools, Manitoba seeks to gain enough points from numerous athletes in individual and relay events.

The Bison men’s team will travel with 27 to the Championship. This men’s squad has several medal opportunities. In the conference rankings, fourth year and co-captain Cody Mages is fourth in 600m and reached CIS standard in that event. Fourth year and co-captain Wilfred Samking is sixth in 60m and fifth in 60m hurdles; fourth year Arthur Buchanan is second in pentathlon plus third in high jump and seventh in pole vault while second year Wyatt Eyford is third in pentathlon plus fourth in 60m hurdles and fifth in high jump. Third year Neil Clark is fourth in high jump; fourth year Dylan Ostberg is fourth in 300m and third year Matthew Fitkowsky is fifth in 300m; second year Gee-ef Nkwonta is fifth in triple jump and second year Ezra Hackie is sixth in shot put.

In addition, the Bison men relays are all ranked in the Canada West Top 4 with the 4x400m ranked fourth, the 4×200 is fourth and the 4x800m relay team is also ranked fourth.

The Bisons women’s track & field team is less experienced than the men’s side and will have 17 members on this year’s roster. The goal is to improve on last season’s finish and to reach for a Top 5 finish at the conference championship.

The women’s squad will compete for medal opportunities. In the conference rankings, fifth year and co-captain year Amanda Gundrum is fifth in triple jump and third year Melissa Richards is fourth in pole vault. Rookie Amy Graceffo is fifth in pentathlon while rookie Rebekah Sass is sixth in 1500m race; fourth year Sarah Huebert is eighth in 600m race; fifth year Meredith Stoesz is fifth and third year Brooke Lychuk is eighth in high jump. Fifth year Michelle Ocran is fifth in shot put and fourth year Allison Balasko is sixth ranked in weight toss.

Bison women’s relays are ranked fourth for the 4x200m, fourth in the 4x800m and fifth for the 4x400m.

http://www.gobisons.ca/

REGINA COUGARS

Men

  • 2012-13 CW: 7th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 2nd
  • Last CW title: 2011
  • Last CIS title: none

Women

  • 2012-13 CW: 16th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 5th
  • Last CW title: none
  • Last CIS title: none

Men’s key returnees: Jeremy Eckert, Lex Ewen, Matt Johnson, Connor MacDonald, Ian McLellan

Men’s key addition: Tory Shewfelt

Men’s key departures: Justin Baker, Codey Pakula, Kelly Wiebe

Women’s key returnees: Joy Becker, Kelsey Bohachewski, Shalane Haselhan, Chantelle Labrecque

Women’s key addition: Kalyn Giroux

Women’s key departure: Karissa LePage

REGINA – The Regina Cougars men’s track & field team enters the Canada West championships as one of the favourites, ranked # 1 in the conference. Look for the long jump as the team’s strongest event, where Lex Ewen, Connor MacDonald, and Ahmed Alkabary are ranked one-two-three in Canada West

Besides Ewen in the long jump the Cougars have three other athletes ranked No. 1 in the conference, including Tevaughn Campbell (60-metre dash), Jeremy Eckert (high jump), and Chris Pickering (shot put). Arthur Ward is ranked No. 2 in the triple jump, while Alkabary, Ian McLellan (60-metre hurdles), Tait Nystuen (300-metre dash), and Pickering (weight throw) are all ranked No. 3 in their respective events.

The Cougars are also expected to score big points in the relays, as both the 4×200 and 4×400 teams are ranked in the top three in the conference.

The women’s team will look to four athletes that could score in multiple events, led by Merissa Margetts in the 60-metre hurdles and 60-metre dash. Joy Becker is ranked third in Canada West in the long jump and could also score in the triple jump and 60-metre dash, while Chantelle Labrecque is No. 4 in both the shot put and the weight throw and Kelsey Bohachewski is expected to collect team points in the pentathlon.

http://www.reginacougars.com/

SASKATCHEWAN HUSKIES

Men

  • 2012-13 CW: 1st
  • 2012-13 CIS: 10th
  • Last CW title: 2013
  • Last CIS title: 2005

Women

  • 2012-13 CW: 3rd
  • 2012-13 CIS: 9th
  • Last CW title: 2012
  • Last CIS title: 2005

Key additions: Sophia Zemlak, Jessica Buettner, Kenrick Hanna

Key returnees: Taryn Suttie, Amanda Banks, Michelle Young, Nolan Machiskinic, Davis Guenther, Cole Digel

Key departures: Kyle Donsberger, Karla Gabruch, Cossy Nachilobe, Lane Britnell

SASKATOON – With a mix of experience and youth, the University of Saskatchewan Huskie track & field squads are looking to make a splash in Edmonton at the 2014 Canada West Track & Field Championship.

The young men’s team will look to defend their 18th title won in team history from one season ago, while the women will embark looking to win their fourth title five seasons. Entering the championship, the women are ranked No. 3 in the CIS, while the men do not appear among the Top 10 teams.

Pentathlete Cole Digel and thrower Nolan Machiskinic will look to return to the podium in 2014. Digel captured gold scoring 3,314 points in the men’s pentathlon, while fifth-year Machiskinic tossed 15.03-metres for gold in shot put and 15.46-metres for bronze in weight throw. Fifth-year middle distance sprinter Amanda Banks will also look for a strong finish in her final year after winning gold in the 1000-metre race and silver in the 4X800-metre relay. Injury kept her from competing at the CIS Championship in 2013.

A big boost to the women’s squad is CIS shot put record holder Taryn Suttie’s return to the team. Suttie has finished first in the weight throw and shot put in all pre-Canada West Championship competitions this season after taking a two-year hiatus to train with the Canadian National team.

Also returning to the squad in search of another conference medal and a shot at the CIS event is distance runner Davis Guenther and Michelle Young. Both have had strong performances throughout the season. Michelle Young is ranked No. 1 in the 60-metres and 60-m hurdles going into the championship.

Katrin Ritchie, ranked No. 1 in the 300-m, will be a spark on the 4×400-m and 4×200-m relay teams. Pentathletes Lauren Taylor and Astrid Nyame are also having strong seasons, ranked second and fifth in the pentathlon. Taylor is also ranked second in high jump.

Rookies making strong additions to the team is sprinter Kenrick Hanna, who is ranked second in the 60-m and Sophia Zemlak, who will race in the 300-m and the 4X400-m relay.

Tough losses for the team include 2011-12 CIS gold medalist in pole vault Lane Britnell and 2012-13 triple jump silver medalist Cossy Nachilobe to injury. The Huskies also graduated fifth-year sprinter Kyle Donsberger, who captured four medals en route to Saskatchewan’s team title last year.

http://huskies.usask.ca/

TRINITY WESTERN SPARTANS

Men

  • 2012-13 CW: 6th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 17th
  • Last CW title: none
  • Last CIS title: none

Women

  • 2012-13 CW: 2nd
  • 2012-13 CIS: 6th
  • Last CW title: none
  • Last CIS title: none

Women’s key additions: Sabrina Nettey, Sarah Inglis, Regan Yee

Women’s key returnees: Alison Jackson, Emma Nuttall, Hazel Ross, Liza Whitehead

Women’s key departure: Rebecca Marchant

Men’s key additions: Nathan Dunford, Declan White

Men’s key returnees: Nathan George, Calum Innes, Jesse Phillips, Jamie Sinclair

LANGLEY, B.C. – Last year, the Trinity Western Spartans made a major splash on both the conference and national stages. This year – the fourth since the resurrection of the Spartans track and field program in 2010 – both teams are looking to take their next leap forward on the track and in the field.

The Spartans women’s team caught the nation’s attention last season when, in its third year competing at the CIS level, it finished second at the Canada West championships and sixth at the CIS championships. This year, the team has risen to a program best No. 2 ranking in the CIS Top 10 and as the conference championships approach, optimism is at an all-time high.

The Spartans are led by the likes of high jumper Emma Nuttall, who won Canada West gold and CIS silver last year, Sarah Inglis, who is ranked in the top four in the CIS in all three middle distance competitions, Sabrina Nettey, who is amongst the top six in the country in the 60m, long jump and triple jump, Hazel Ross, who is fifth in the CIS in the 60m hurdles and middle distance runners Alison Jackson and Fiona Benson, who are both ranked in the top six in the 1500m.

Combine their individual efforts with ever-improving relay teams and TWU is set to enter the Canada West championship amongst the top two in the conference rankings in seven disciplines. 

It’ll be a tall task to knock off the defending Canada West champion Calgary Dinos, but the Spartans have proven that they will certainly pose a serious threat.

All told, the Spartans are another year older and another year better. After last year’s impressive second place showing at the conference championships, expectations are heightened entering this championship season. And if the Spartans maintain their current trajectory, there’s no reason to believe TWU’s women’s team can’t take another step forward.

While the men’s team hasn’t been quite as decorated at the conference and national levels as its female counterparts at TWU, this could be the year the Spartans men break out.

Trinity Western returns largely the same team they had last year plus a few key additions. Add to that the fact the majority of the team’s athletes are still in the first three years of their CIS careers and the future, including this year, is bright.

The team will be led by Scottish hurdler and sprinter Calum Innes, who was the lone Spartan on the men’s side to medal at last year’s CIS national championships. After collecting a CIS silver medal in the 60m hurdles with a TWU record time of 7.98, Innes has his sights set on gold this year. The two-time defending Canada West champion in the 60m hurdles is also seeking a third straight conference gold.

While Innes has been the team’s headliner for the last two years, the Spartans have a much deeper men’s team this year, with second-year sprinter Nathan George, who finished 11th in the 60m at nationals last year, sliding into the spotlight. George comes into this weekend’s championships first in Canada West in the 300m ranking and third in the 60m. With Innes and George leading the way, TWU enters the conference championships with the top ranked 4x200m team in the CIS. In the field, first-year pole vaulter Nathan Dunford will be a medal contender as he is currently third in the CIS while fellow vaulters Jesse Phillips and Jamie Sinclair will also be in the mix at the conference championships. 

In the middle distance races, the Spartans are an up and coming team that will be led by the likes of veterans Joel de Schiffart, Christ Voth, Levi Neufeld, Blair Johnston and Mihai Prajea and first-year Declan White. Most notably, entering the 3000m, White and de Schiffart are ranked first and second in Canada West.

Like the women’s team, the Spartans will no doubt be better this year. After finishing sixth at the Canada West championships and 17th at the national championships last seasons, the expectations are much higher this year. With the pieces now have in place, this could well be the year the men’s team puts together its breakout performance.

http://www.twu.ca/athletics/

VICTORIA VIKES

Men

  • 2012-13 CW: 4th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 9th
  • Last CW title: none
  • Last CIS title: none

Women

  • 2012-13 CW: 6th
  • 2012-13 CIS: 7th
  • Last CW title: none
  • Last CIS title: none

Key additions: Olivier Collin, Tyler Smith, Nicole Soderberg, Brittany King

Key returnees: Thomas Riva, Kyle Irvine, Brendon Restall, Rachel Francois, Grace Annear, Shauna McInnis

Key departures: Kendra Pomfret, Brittany Therrien, Clifford Childs

VICTORIA – Led by two-time defending CIS 600-metre champion, Rachel Francois and 1500-metre Canada Games gold medalist Thomas Riva, the Victoria Vikes are looking to make history at this year’s Canada West championships.

While Riva will be looking to make a play for the men’s 1000 and 1500-metre titles, Francois will fight to earn back her 2012 Canada West title in the Women’s 600-metre, after being beat in a photo finish race last year by Calgary’s, Jenna Westaway. Both Vikes will provide additional boosts to the Vikes 4×800 teams with the men’s side currently ranked No.1 in both Canada West and CIS, and the women’s as the Canada West all time record holders from 2013 and the CIS champions.

Riva, currently ranked first in Canada West over 1000-metres, and second in the 1500-metre behind Calgary’s Brad Bickley, will be in strong company alongside teammates Olivier Collin and Cole Peterson in both events. Vikes fifth-year captain Kyle Irvine will be an additional force in the men’s 1500-metre and 3000-metre distances.

Riva, Irvine, Collin, and Peterson illustrate the Vikes immense middle distance depth, as they score four out of the top five positions amongst the 1500-metre conference rankings. A Vikes podium sweep is certainly not out of question. 

Additionally, Irvine will be joined by seniors Karl Robertson, Patrick Psotka, and Jackson Bocksnick in both the 1500 and 3000-metre distances.

800-metre rookie sensation Tyler Smith will make his first appearance at the Canada West Championships ranked No. 1 over 600-metres (1:19.14), second within the CIS. Smith will be joined by senior Vike John Pratt (1:19.22) and sophomore Brendon Restall (1:19.85) ranked third and fourth, respectively. 

On the women’s side, Francois will be joined on the women’ in the 600-metre by teammate and stiff competitor, Grace Annear who broke the McGill Team Challenge meet record on Jan. 24 (1:30.72). Annear ranks second, Francois third and University of Alberta transfer, Nicole Soderberg fourth (1:32.19) within Canada West. While top honors currently belong to University of Saskatchewan’s Amanda Banks (1:29.58), the Vikes women will be looking for one-two-three finish. Additional 600-metre Vikes runners include 2013 CIS First Team All-Canadian Jenica Moore, third-year Halley Cote, and rookie Andrea Robinson.  

Soderberg and Annear will double in the 1000-metre distance alongside teammate Shauna McInnis. The women are ranked second, fourth, and sixth respectively.

McInnis, who recently set a huge personal best time at the University of Washington Invitational (4:28.16) will also contest with top ranked 1500-metre runners Sara Inglis and Fiona Benson from Trinity Western for a podium finish in the women’s 1500-metre race

Senior Madeline MacDonald, third-year Jenna Van Vliet, and rookie Brittany King will also race in the 1500-metre as well as the women’s 3000-metre. 

After already grasping the 4×400-metre CIS qualification standard, the women will compete only in the 4×800 metre relay, where they will defend their fourth consecutive Canada West title. 

The Vikes men will compete in three relays: 4×200, 4X400, and 4×800.  The men are defending Canada West Champions in the 4×800 metre and are ranked first in the CIS.

This is perhaps the deepest field that the Vikes have ever sent to Canada West Championships.  While their main focus will be on staying healthy and sharp for CIS Championships Mar. 5-8, a lingering ambition exists on winning the all-around men’s title – a challenge additionally admirable considering they will compete in only seven of the seventeen events offered. 

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