By Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA – The University of Victoria Vikes men’s track team had a competitive weekend, Feb. 12-14, in preparation for their upcoming conference and national championships. The Vikes raced in the two-day Husky Classic, Feb. 12-13, and the University of Washington Open on Feb. 14, both events hosted in Seattle, Wash.
“This is probably one of the best meets in North America,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner of the Washington-hosted events. “It’s amazing for us to have the opportunity to compete there. All of the top Canadian schools are now coming to this event including Toronto and all of the Alberta schools.”
With a top meet comes top competitors and the young Vikes had their work cut out for them facing an array of runners. Regardless, this preparation meet had several highlights including Cole Petersoncompeting in his first race since April 2015. Peterson had missed most of the season due to injury but raced a 4:08.50 in the mile on Feb. 13 and was fourth overall in the 1000-m in a time of 2:27.06 the following day.
“Cole is coming back from injury and he looked very controlled,” added Fougner. “It was a better weened than we thought we would have so that bodes well as Canada West and CIS track championships approach.”
The Vikes also had notable performances from rookie Tim Longley who had a personal best in the 1000-m finishing in eighth overall (2:29.90). Fellow first year Ryan Korol pulled in a big personal best in the 600-m event finishing as the top Vike and third overall in a time of 1:21.01.
“We have a really young team so some of the younger guys having personal bests meand we are moving in the right direction,” added Fougner of his contingent that included five rookies.
The Vikes’ 4×400-m relay of Max Serviss, Tyler Smith, Korol and Longley finished ninth overall in 3:22.82. In the mile event on Feb. 14, Cody Therrien was the top Vike finishing seventh overall in a time of 4:13.17, while team mates Ben Weir and Thomas Oxland were 13th and 32nd, respectively.
The Vikes turn around to prepare immediately for the Canada West Track and Field Championships, hosted by Saskatchewan Feb. 26-27. This will be a key meet as it serves as a direct qualifier for the CIS national championship, hosted Mar. 10-12, in Toronto.
Husky Classic Results (Feb. 12-13)
9th – Ryan Korol, Max Serviss, Tim Longley, Tylor Smith (3:22.82)
55th – Thomas Oxland (1:56.21)
47th – Cody Therrien (8:17.77)
61st – Shoayb Bascal (8:21.43)
67th – Ben Weir (8:25.94)
42nd – Cole Peterson (4:08.50)
64th – Isaac Penner (4:14.11)
UW Open Results (Feb. 14)
3rd – Ryan Korol (1:21.01)
4th – Tyler Smith (1:22.37)
13th – Max Serviss (1:27.83)
4th – Cole Peterson (2:27.06)
5th – Isaac Penner (2:27.70)
8th – Tim Longley (2:29.90)
10th – Thomas Oxland (2:33.09)
7th – Cody Therrien (4:13.17)
13th – Ben Weir (4:15.62)
32nd – Peter Oxland (4:24.32)