Francois, Cartwright and men’s rugby honoured for March


By Elizabeth Chan, Vikes Communications

)ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes Varsity Council is pleased to announce their March 2015 athletes and team of the month, supported by Original Joe’s in Tuscany Village. The award winners for March are women’s track athlete Rachel Francois, men’s golfer Alex Cartwright and the Vikes men’s rugby team.

Rachel Francois, Women’s Track

Fourth-year track athlete Rachel Francois has been honoured March’s Female Athlete of the Month. At the CIS Track and Field Competition, hosted in Windsor, Ont., the Alberta native finished the 600-m event ahead of this year’s CIS Athlete of the Year and Female Athlete of the Meet, Sasha Gollish, from Toronto to earn her fourth-straight CIS gold in 1:29.17. Francois also anchored the Vikes relay team to two CIS silver medals, helping the UVic women’s track team claim a total of four medals and rank 7thoverall. Francois was also named Canada West Star of the week twice last month after winning two individual gold medals and one gold and bronze in relay events at the Canada West Track and Field Championships in Winnipeg, Man.

Alex Cartwright, Men’s Golf

Third year golfer Alex Cartwright has been nominated as this month’s Male Athlete of the Month. The Alberta native was the leading Vike in the Battle at Primm event in Nevada on Mar. 23-24, finishing with a 3-under 213 score at the end of three rounds and helped the Vikes rank 7th overall among a tight field of US competitors. At the Corban Spring Invitational on Mar. 9-10, Cartwright finished sixth overall and helped the Vikes men’s golf team win the event. The Vikes men also won the Master’s College Spring Invitational with the leadership of Cartwright as he finished with a three-round score of 219 to rank 10th overall.

Men’s Rugby

On Mar. 7, the men’s rugby team captured their third-straight, and fourth overall, National University 7s Championship title in Langford. The fast-paced sevens format saw the Vikes defeat UBC in the final as Luke McCloskey contributed the first try in spite of an injury on his way to the line, and from Doug Fraser touching down for a late try in the win. In their final regular season home game on Mar. 28, the Vikes dominated the Capilanos in the second half to come away with a 45-7 win, and in doing so, secured home field advantage for the first round of the playoffs set for Apr. 25.