Opening meet of 2017 sees Vikes rookies, vets shake off rust

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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 PennerCole 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.

RESULTS

Women’s 600m
13. Chloe Hewitt (1:34.34)
15. Rachel Francois (1:34.64)
19. Alyssa Mousseau (1:38.31)

Women’s Mile
14. Julia Greer (5:09.96)

Women’s 1000m
16. Chloe Hewitt (2:54.10)
17. Alyssa Mousseau (2:55.60)

Women’s 3000m
39. Andie Wood (10:32.11)

Men’s 1000m
12. Thomas Oxland (2:28.40)

Men’s 600m
5. Brendon Restall (1:19.97)

Men’s Mile
4. Cole Peterson (4:06.46)
11. Isaac Penner (4:14.58)

Men’s 3000m
26. Chet Goerzen (8:25.19)
33. Derrick Evans (8:29.64)
44. Brendan Hoff (8:34.14)
58. Ben Weir (8:50.43)

Men’s 4x800m 
1. Thomas Oxland, Isaac PennerCole PetersonBrendon Restall (7:43.07)

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