By Ali Lee
(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes may have sent a small group to the University of Washington Invitational on Jan. 31 but it was a mighty group that had two school records broken and five runners hit personal bests. Fifth years Thomas Riva and Kendra Pomfret each broke the UVic record in the mile.
Riva finished the mile in sixth place in 4:00.06 earning a personal best and breaking former Vike Geoff Martinson’s record that he set in 2009. Riva earned an automatic qualification for the CIS championship, while Pomfret had already previously qualified. The women’s captain finish seventh overall in the mile in 4:44.44 hitting a personal best and breaking the school record, which she already held.
“I can’t be upset with a PB, but I was definitely looking for more today,” said Pomfret, who still has until Mar. 12 to peak for nationals. “The race was very tactical and pushy so I spent a lot of time fighting to get into position where I could run my own pace.”
Fourth-year Vike Shauna McInnis, who also raced the mile, hit a personal best in 4:46.96 to finish 10th overall. Chloe Hegland also grabbed a personal best but in the 3000-m women’s event. The first-year Vike crossed in 9:58.12 to finish 44th overall.
Third year Cole Peterson also raced the mile and finished 14th in the event in a time of 4:07.41.
Third year Cody Therrien was the fifth Vike to reach a personal best finishing the 3000-m event in 8:13.23 to place 13th.
“It was a really successful day today,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. “I know Thomas really wanted to run a sub four minute race but he qualified for nationals and he will still have another shot at it in two weeks. It’s still early so it’s nice to have the time for us to fine tune so we are ready to race to win in six weeks.”
The Vikes will hit the track a few more times before nationals including the Jerome Indoor Games, Feb. 7, the Husky Classic and UW Open, Feb. 14-15, and the Canada West Championships on Feb. 27.
“These are the races that get you mentally prepared for championship racing,” added Pomfret. “There are always good things to take from it. I’m really happy with where my aerobic fitness is at right now and I know we are all looking forward to the next few races leading to the CIS Championship.”
The Vikes men’s and women’s track teams head to Windsor, Ont. for the CIS championship hosted Mar. 12-14.
UW Indoor Invitational
44th – Chloe Hegland (9:58.12) – PB
7th – Kendra Pomfret (4:44.44) – PB
10th – Shauna McInnis (4:46.95) – PB
6th – Thomas Riva (4:00.06) – PB
14th – Cole Peterson (4:07.41)
13th – Cody Therrien (8:13.23) – PB
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