VICTORIA – Tough training conditions in Victoria over the last couple of weeks couldn’t stop the University of Victoria Vikes track program from kicking off the indoor season on a high note over the weekend at the University of Washington Indoor Preview.
A number of solid performances from rookies and veterans alike helped the Vikes put their right foot forward in their first indoor competition of 2017.
“Considering the challenges we have faced with the weather interrupting our regular t raining the last six weeks, I am very happy with the results,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. Temperatures below freezing have forced cancellations and compromise from the team, which relies on outdoor practices on the track for much of its training.
The veteran men’s 4×800-metre relay team of Thomas Oxland, Isaac Penner, Cole Peterson and Brendon Restall finished first in their final with a time of 7:43.07. Peterson, in his fifth year, had his best-ever opener in the mile, finishing just off his personal best.
Rookies Chloe Hewitt and Alyssa Mousseau both had solid races in the 1000-metre, running 2:54.10 and 2:55.60, respectively. Fellow first year Chet Goerzen had a breakthrough race in the 3000-metre, finishing at the front of the Vikes’ pack with a time of 8:25.19.
Another notable performance came from third year Derrick Evans, who dipped under 8:30 in the 3000-metre with a time of 8:29.64 for a 10-second personal best.
14. Julia Greer (5:09.96)
39. Andie Wood (10:32.11)
12. Thomas Oxland (2:28.40)
5. Brendon Restall (1:19.97)