VICTORIA – The UVic Vikes track team will make it two meets in two weekends when they travel to Edmonton to take part in the Golden Bears Open at the University of Alberta on January 20 and 21.
Nine male and five female athletes will be competing for the Vikes, as the team continues to battle the elements, training outside throughout a colder than normal winter.
“It’s warm this week and we’ll get on the track today so we are looking forward to that,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner.
The goals for the Vikes this weekend will be to continue to progress ahead of the bigger meets to come, as well as post times fast enough to qualify them for those meets.
“The competition is not as high quality as last weekend but there are still opportunities for us to run well,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. “We are going to run both 4×400-metre relay teams this weekend because we still need to qualify for nationals, so that’s one of our priorities.”
About the Event
This will be the third year in a row that the Vikes will compete in the Golden Bears Open. Isaac Penner was a standout at the meet for the Vikes last year, finishing third in the 1500-metre.
The Golden Bears Open will be run on a 200-metre track, something that the Vikes will need to get used to ahead of the U Sports Championships hosted by Alberta and the Canada West Championships hosted on a similar surface in Regina.
“It’s a flat 200-metre track as opposed to a 300-metre track so it’s a little more difficult to race on,” said Fougner. “We are taking a lot of our rookies, because a lot of them have never been on a 200-metre track and it’ll be a good opportunity for everybody to get used to that kind of a track.”
Brent Fougner, Vikes head coach
“A 200-metre track is a different ballgame altogether, a lot more elbows being thrown around as well as tighter lanes and corners.”
“It’s another meet to watch them and see how they deal with the track they are on and the competition. It’ll help us over the next few weeks with what events people are going to run at the conference championships and that sort of stuff.”
Chet Goerzen – (1500-m)
Timothy Longley – (1000-m, 1500-m)
Thomas Oxland – (1000-m, 1500-m)
Isaac Penner – (1000-m, 4×400-m)
Cole Peterson – (1000-m)
Bronson Reid – (600-m, 4×400-m)
Brendon Restall – (600-m, 1000-m, 4×400-m)
Max Serviss – (600-m, 1000-m)
Tyler Smith – (600-m, 4×400-m)