By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s track team are set to compete in the CIS Track and Field Championship hosted at St. Denis Centre in Windsor, Ont. on Mar. 12-14. The three-day event will feature the 1000-m, 3000-m and 4×800-m relay on the Friday, while the 600-m, 4×400-m and 1500-m finals will take place on the Saturday.
Eight Vikes will be travelling to compete across six events, while the entire team has utilized seven events since January to qualify and prepare for this weekend’s championship. The Vikes are coming off the heels of an impressive Canada West appearance that saw fifth year Thomas Riva named the conference Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season. Riva garnered the performance of the meet nod after winning gold in the 1000-m and smashing a 19-year-old Canada West record. Riva crossed in 2:22.84 to beat out the 1996 record held by Manitoba’s Daryl Fillion (2:23.03). This was the third Canada West gold medal for Riva in this event after previously winning in 2012 and 2013, while finishing second in 2014.
Canada West silver medalist and third-year Vike Cole Peterson will compete alongside the defending CIS gold medalist, Riva, in the 1000-m. Peterson was 2:24.58 at the Canada West Championship. In 2014 Riva won gold in the CIS 1000-m in 2:25.16.
Victoria enters this weekend also conference champions in the 4×800-m relay after also recently setting a new Canada West Record. Vikes Brendon Restall, Adam Gaudes and Adam Paul-Morris, along with Riva, defended their 2014 conference title in a time of 7:35.64. The conference record was previously set in 2009 by former Vikes Darren Mazzei, Geoff Martinson, Clifford Childs and Logan Burke (7:35.71). Paul-Morris, Restall, Riva and Peterson will now have an opportunity to bring home CIS gold in the event after winning silver in 2014.
The Vikes will also race the 4×400-m relay and that team will be comprised of Paul-Morris, Restall,Tyler Smith and Nicholas Taylor. The same four earned silver at the Canada West championship in a time of 3:18.42 behind gold medal winning Calgary (3:16.80). Smith and Restall were members of the relay team that won bronze in 2014.
The Vikes will also expect a strong showing in the 600-m event as Paul-Morris, Restall, Smith and Taylor will all vie for medals. Second-year Vike Paul-Morris was the Canada West silver medalist (1:20.06) in the 600-m, while Restall won bronze (1:20.95). Restall is the reigning CIS gold medalist in the event after winning last year in 1:15.61.
Third year Victoria native Cody Therrien will be the lone Vike competing in the 3000-m, while Isaac Penner will travel as an alternate for both relay events.
The Vikes will begin with preliminaries in the 600-m on Mar. 12, while the 3000-m and 4×800-m will take place on Mar. 13. The Vikes will wrap up on Mar. 14 with the 600-m, 1500-m and 4×400-m relays. The event will be streamed live online at cis-sic.tv.
Victoria Vikes – Travelling Roster
Adam Paul-Morris – 600m, 4x400m, 4x800m
Isaac Penner – 4x400m (alternate), 4x800m (alternate)
Cole Peterson – 1000m, 1500m, 4x800m
Brendon Restall – 600m, 4x400m, 4x800m
Thomas Riva – 1000m, 1500m, 4x800m
Tyler Smith – 600m, 4x400m, 4x800m
Nick Taylor – 600m, 4x400m
Cody Therrien – 3000m