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By Ali Lee, 

(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s cross-country team nearly swept the top 10 spots at this year’s B.C. cross-country championship hosted at Clearbrook Park in Abbotsford, B.C. on Oct. 25. Third year Olivier Collins finished second overall in the 10-km race, while Vikes men filled spots six to nine.


Collins crossed the line in 30:34.68, behind winner Chris Winter (30:22.58). Trinity Western’s Joel Deschiffart (30:51.69) and Declan White (30:56.69) finished second and third, respectively. The Spartans were ranked No. 2 in the CIS Top-10 polls this week.

Fifth-year Vike Thomas Riva was the next-best Vike finishing in fifth (30:58.51) just ahead of sixth-placed Ryan Cassidy(30:59.46).

Vikes Ben Weir, Cole Peterson and Cody Therrien finished seventh, eighth and ninth place, respectively. Rookie Matt Noseworthy finished 15th in 32:36.33 and senior Doug Oxland placed 18th in 32:49.95.

The Vikes men ranked No. 5 in the CIS Top-10 polls this week and this was their final tune up before heading to the CIS national championship in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Nov. 8.

Men’s Results (10-km)
2nd – Olivier Collins (30:34.68)
5th – Thomas Riva (30:58.51)
6th – Ryan Cassidy (30:59.46)
7th – Ben Weir (31:00.11)
8th – Cole Peterson (31:00.60)
9th – Cody Therrien (31:00.81)
15th – Matt Noseworthy (32:36.33)
18th – Doug Oxland (32:49.95)