Pomfret leads Vikes to first-place finish at Stanford Invitational

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By Trish Fougner 
Sept 28,2014(ISN) – PALO ALTO, CALIF. – The University of Victoria’s Vikes cross-country teams competed in the 41st Annual Stanford Invitational Sept. 27 against 44 other college and university teams from across the western U.S. and Canada. A total of over 3,000 high school and college athletes took part in the event. 

The Vikes men finished fifth overall in the non-division 1 NCAA schools out of a possible 22 with Jackson Bocksnick the top Vikes finisher. The Vikes women finished on top with a first-place finish against 21 other non-division 1 NCAA schools with fifth year Kendra Pomfret the lead Vikes finisher in 40th overall and fifth in her division.

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The Vikes women began their inaugural cross country season by finishing a strong first in a very competitive field with veterans Pomfret and Shauna McInnis staying neck-and-neck until about the 4-km mark.

“I felt really good and with about 800 meters to go, I thought I’d put the after burners on,” said Pomfret. “Little did I know, we still had about 200 more (meters) to go! Regardless, I had an amazing sprint for a cross country race.”

McInnis finished closely behind Pomfret in 50th place out of 250 racers with rookie Chloe Hegland across the finish line in 60th followed by Brittany King  87thEmma Bibault 90thand Nicole Soderberg 120th.

Bocksnick lead the Vikes in the men’s race with a 52nd place finish out of a possible 250 runners. He was followed closely by teammate Cole Peterson who was just three seconds back, in 58th position and Cody Theirrien in 83rd.

“The start was insane with several athletes tumbling,” said Therrien. “It was a surge till the first kilometer with a split of 2:57. After that we settled into a more comfortable pace.”

Rookie Ben Weir finished his first race with the varsity team in 117th and Trevor Schiavone finished 232nd after twisting his ankle at the 2-km mark. The men’s team finished fifth ahead of Simon Fraser University in sixth out of 22 teams.

“Both teams went in with a race plan of getting out quickly at the start, settling into a comfortable pace and then building through the last half of the race,” said Vikes head coachBrent Fougner. “I knew at the start if the women followed this plan, they would have a chance at winning the team title in their division. They executed this plan perfectly and now we know what we need to build on to improve.”

This is the Vikes womens team’s strongest finish ever at the Stanford Invitational. The 44 teams were represented from across the western U.S. and Canada.


Men (8k)                                Time               Overall            Non-Div 1 Score
Jackson Bocksnick                24:43              52nd                14th
Cole Paterson                        24:46              56th                 17th
Cody Therrien                       25:03              83rd                  26th
Ben Weir                                25:20              117th               36th
Trevor Schiavone                  26:21              232nd               86th

Women (6k)                          Time               Overall            Non-Div 1 Score
Kendra Pomfret                    22:05              40th                 5th
Shauna McInnis                    22:14              50th                 8th
Chloe Hegland                       22:30              60th                 12th
Brittany King                         22:47              87th                22nd
Emma Bibault                        22:49              90th                24th
Nicole Soderberg                   23:09              120th             38th


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