By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes track team are sending five athletes to compete at this weekend’s Payton Jordan Invitational, hosted by Stanford University on May 2. On the list of travelling athletes are recent recipient of UVic’s Male Athlete of th Year award Thomas Riva as well as 2015 CIS 600-m gold medallist Adam Paul-Morris.
Riva will be the lone Vike racing the 1500-m, while fellow Vikes Tyler Smith and Adam Paul-Morris will race the 800-m. On the women’s side Kendra Pomfret will be racing the 1500-m and Nicole Soderbergwill race the 800-m. All races will be outdoor track events.”This is really their first opportunity to qualify for the FISU games team,” explained Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. “The deadlines for qualification are coming up in May and this is their first chance to make the Canadian team.”The 28th Summer Universiade (FISU) games are happening in Gwanggju, Korea from July 2-14.”All of these athletes competing this weekend are still in Flagstaff, Arizona finishing their altitude training camp,” explained Fougner. “They will be coming back and then heading straight to Palo Alto tomorrow. Their training in Arizona was just training and recovering. There really isn’t much else to do down there so they are coming off a really good camp before the weekend race.”The Vikes will be without four-time CIS All-Canadian Rachel Francois who will be away competing at the IAAF World Relays with team Canada.To track the Vikes at the Payton Jordan Invitational and for a full preview visit gostanford.ca
Thomas Riva (1500-m)
Tyler Smith (800-m)
Adam Paul-Morris (800-m)
Kendra Pomfret (1500-m)
Nicole Soderberg (800-m)