Riva tops podium in 1500m at National Championship

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By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications

VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes track team is well represented at the Canadian Track and Field National Championship hosted Jul. 2-5 in Edmonton, Alta. Following Day 3 Vikes senior Thomas Riva, also this year’s co-winner of the Male Athlete of the Year award, took the top of the podium in the 1500-m.

Riva clocked in at 4:06.16.RESULTS: http://results.deltatiming.com/tf/edmonton-2015-canadian-championships
LIVE STREAM: http://live.athleticscanada.tv/liveactf.htmlIn the women’s 1500-m race fifth-year Vike Kendra Pomfret finished ninth overall in 4:29.75. Manitoba’s Nicole Sifuentes took first in 4:20.29 while Toronto’s Sasha Gollish was second in 4:20.43. Vike Nicole Soderberg was 12th in 4:40.97.Second-year Vike Ben Weir raced the men’s senior 5000-m and finished 17th in 14:53.85. Former Vike Geoff Martinson finished fourth in an Elite field that included Team Nike runners Cameron Levins and Mohammed Ahmed finished one-two. Vikes alum Cliff Childs clocked in 14:53.85 to finish 15th overall. In the women’s 800-m UVic Female Athlete of the Year Rachel Francois earned bronze taking third place in 2:06.37. The final was won by Halifast’s Celia Peters (2:08.43). On the men’s side Isaac Penner finished eighth in the 800-m junior division (1:55.15). For a full list of results visit the 2015 Canadian Track and Field championships website.

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