By Jamie Umbach, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – Fifth year Shauna McInnis came two seconds shy of beating the University of Victoria Vikes track record in the women’s mile at the University of Washington Invitational this past weekend in Seattle on Jan. 29-30.
McInnis finished fourth in her section of the mile event with a time of 4:46.26 after falling just behind the pack at the 800-metre mark. Recent graduate Kendra Pomfret currently holds the Vikes record for the mile at 4:44.44.
After racing at both of this season’s meets at the University of Washington including the Preview on Jan. 16, McInnis is set to improve on her overall time on Feb. 13-14 when she returns to Seattle for the Husky Classic.
“I was very nervous before the start of the race but felt I gave everything I had today,” said McInnis immediately after the event. “I am looking forward to coming back here in two weeks to improve on my time and go after the school record.”
Fourth year Cody Therrien and second year Ben Weir had solid races for the Vikes in the 3000-metre with times of 8:21.91 and 8:27.41, respectively. Both had strong finishes in their races but indicated they could have handled a faster pace.
“My plan was to stay with Cody all race,” commented Weir. “At 1000 metres to go he surged ahead and I should have responded.”
The Vikes are set to finish their final event in Washington at the Husky Classic on Feb. 13-14 in Seattle before the Canada West Track and Field Championship in Saskatoon, Sask. on Feb. 26 and the CIS Track and Field Championship on Mar. 10-12 in Toronto, Ont.
Women’s Mile: Shauna McInnis, 4th (4:46.26)
Men’s 3000-m: Cody Therrien (8:21.91), Ben Weir (8:27.41)