Vikes men sprint to gold on first day of Golden Bear Open

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By Elizabeth Chan, Vikes Communications

(ISN) – VICTORIA – All eyes were on the University of Victoria Vikes men’s track team on Jan. 23 as they earned gold in two events on the first day of the Golden Bear Open in Edmonton, Alta.

Third-year 800-m and 1500-m track specialist Cole Peterson secured the first gold medal for the men’s team in the 1000-m run (2:26. 29), five seconds ahead of Canada West ranked No. 2 and Calgary contender Gareth Hadfield (2:31.72).

Peterson was also among the men’s 4×400-m relay alongside 2014 CIS 4×400-m gold medallists Brendon Restall and Tyler Smith, and UBS transfer Adam Paul-Morris, to claim another gold in 3:18.55, five seconds ahead of the Alberta team (3:23.99).

First-year Victoria native Nicholas Taylor looked to work on his time in the men’s 300-m dash, and clocked 36.17 to rank 8th, while fellow rookie Derrick Evans got his first test of the season in the longer 3000-m race and finished 8th (8:49.71).

Fourth year Nicole Soderberg was the lone Vike to compete for the women’s team on the first day. The 800-m and 600-m specialist finished 20th in the 1000-m distance with a time of 3:05.47.

The Vikes will race again tomorrow, Jan. 24, at 12.30 p.m. PST with live results at ellistiming.ca. Highlights will include the 600-m race with Adam Paul-Morris, Tyler Smith, Brendon Restall and Isaac Penner for the men, while Caroline Harrell and Nicole Soderberg will be in for the 600-m on the women’s team. Evans will return for the men’s 1500-m distance.

DAY 1 RESULTS

1000-m Women
20th – Nicole Soderberg (3:05.47)

1000-m Men
1st – Cole Peterson (2:26. 29)

3000-m Men
8th – Derrick Evans (8:49.71)

300-m Men
8th – Nicholas Taylor (36.17)

4×400-m Relay Men
1st – Brendon Restall, Adam Paul-Morris, Cole Peterson, Tyler Smith (3:18.55)

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