By Jamie Umbach, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes men and women’s track teams get their 2016 seasons underway in Seattle, Wash. on Jan. 16 at the University of Washington Huskies Indoor Preview. A total of 14 Vikes will make the journey south and compete across four middle to long distance races against more than 200 athletes.
On the men’s side, 2014 CIS 600-m gold medallist Brendon Restall will compete in the 600-m alongside third-year Vike Tyler Smith and first years Max Serviss and Ryan Korol. All four race will also compete as a part of two Vikes squads entered in the 4×800-m relay.
In long distance, second-year Vike Ben Weir and rookie Sterling Ginter are set to compete in the 3000-m event. Second-year Vike Isaac Penner and first years Timothy Longley and Thomas Oxlandtake to the track for the 1000-m. Peter Oxland is the lone Vike racing in the one mile.
On the women’s side, fifth-year Vike Shauna McInnis will race the 3000-m. Last season in the same event she finished sixth with a time of 9:37.96. Third-year Vike Emma Bibault will race alongside McInnis in the 3000-m. Fellow third year Andrea Robinson and second year Caroline Harrell will compete in the 1000-m, with Harrell being the lone Vike on the women’s side to race the 600-m.
The UW Preview presents an opportunity for the Vikes to begin tuning up and grabbing earliy opportunities for meeting CIS qualification standards against strong North American opposition. The meet is open to all NCAA Division I athletes and others who make the standard of Division I.
Up next, the Vikes’ indoor schedule includes the upcoming UW Invitational on Jan. 29-30 and the Husky Classic on Feb. 13-14, while the CIS Championship is hosted in Toronto Mar. 10-12.
VIKES ATHLETES AT THE UW PREVIEW:
Brendon Restall (600-m, 4×800-m)
Tyler Smith (600-m, 4×800-m)
Max Serviss (600-m, 4×800-m)
Ryan Korol (600-m, 4×800-m)
Isaac Penner (1000-m, 4×800-m)
Thomas Oxland (1000-m, 4×800-m)
Timothy Longley (1000-m, 4×800-m)
Peter Oxland (1-mile, 4×800-m)
Ben Weir (3000-m)
Sterling Ginther (3000-m)
Caroline Harrell (600-m, 1000-m)
Andrea Robinson (1000-m)
Shauna McInnis (3000-m)
Emma Bibault (3000-m)