VICTORIA – After earning nine medals at the Canada West championship in Saskatoon, Sask., the University of Victoria Vikes men and women’s track teams prepare to cap off their season with more success at the 2016 CIS Track & Field Championships in Toronto, Ont., hosted by York University Lions from Mar. 10-12.
The Vikes men and women will race in four middle to long distance events this weekend including the 1500-metre, 600-metre and both the 4×400-metre and 4×800-metre relays. All competing athletes for the Vikes at the CIS championships took part in the Canada West championships two weeks prior on Feb. 26-27.
“We had plenty of success at the Canada West championships and our runners are eager to carry that momentum onto the big stage,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. “You can see the excitement and I feel we could witness some great races from the Vikes this weekend.”
The Vikes 4×800-metre men and women’s teams will compete on Friday, Mar. 11 in the night’s final events at 5:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. PST. Fifth year Shauna McInnis, first year Vanessa Sjoberg, second year Caroline Harrell and third year Andrea Robinson will take to the line for the women while fourth year Brendon Restall, third year Tyler Smith and first years Thomas Oxland and Ryan Korol will compete for the men. That same Vikes men’s team for the 4×800-metre will also look to follow up on their silver medal at the Canada West championships in the 4×400-metre in the championship’s finale on Saturday, Mar. 12 at 1:15 p.m. PST.
Sjoberg will be the lone Vike racing in the women’s 600-metre beginning on Thursday, Mar. 10 with the heats at 4:45 p.m. PST before the final at 10:15 p.m. EST on Saturday. McInnis will race her final event at 11:45 p.m. PST with the 1500-metre while fourth years Cole Peterson and Cody Therrien will race at 12:00 p.m. PST on the men’s side of the 1500-metre.
Visit here for live results all weekend and keep up with the Vikes’ social media accounts for up-to-date finishes and team standings.
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