Aug 13,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – Canada made history during the 2014 North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) under 23 Championship in Kamloops winning 28 medals. Current University of Victoria Vikes track athletes Rachel Francois and Thomas Riva were two of those medalists for Canada.
Canada brought home six gold, nine silver and 13 bronze medals in a variety of track and field events. Riva and Francois each took home a silver medal for Canada in the 800-m with Francois, in the women’s race, clocking in at 2:03.18, while Riva timed in at 1:48.19 in the men’s event.
Riva finished just behind Mexico’s Bryan Martinez Sanchez (1:47.90) and ahead of the USA’s Christopher Low (1:48.46). Second-year Vike Tyler Smith, racing in his first NACAC event, finished fourth in the 800-m with a time of 1:49.51.
Francois, fresh off racing her third-fastest 800-m time in Seattle, finished just behind USA’s Shelby Houlian, who made a new NACAC record in 2:03.00. Canadian team mate Jenna Westaway finished third in 2:04.16.
Canada’s previous best showing at this event was in the 2012 edition in Guanajuato, Mexico, where the team earned 18 medals.
Riva will enter his fifth and final year with the Vikes this fall, while Francois, a three-time defending 600-m CIS gold medalist, will enter her fourth year.
The Vikes track season will begin in January 2015.