VICTORIA – A final trip to Seattle bore excellent results for University of Victoria track, as the Vikes put up a number of personal bests and strong performances over two days of competition.
With the Canada West championships coming up in two weeks and the U SPORTS national championships taking place March 9-11, the Vikes didn’t wait to turn in some strong outings, turning in 20 personal bests.
Overall, head coach Brent Fougner was pleased with his team’s performance.
“The team stepped up this weekend, setting the stage for our conference meet in two weeks,” said Fougner. “With 20 personal bests, the team has set itself up to have an amazing conference championship and send a strong team to the U SPORTS Championship.”
Fourth-year Vike Tyler Smith had one of the strongest turnouts of the weekend, auto-qualifying for the national championship in both the 1000-metre and 600-metre after finishing fourth and second, respectively. He is now ranked first in U SPORTS in the 600-metre and second in the 1000-metre heading into nationals in March.
“Tyler jumps to the front of the 600m rankings in USPORT with a outstanding race,” said Fougner. “He is showing signs of his old self after a year coming back from several setbacks.”
Fellow veterans Thomas Oxland and Cole Peterson also had strong meets, each registering personal bests in a pair of events. Oxland picked up personal bests in the 800- and 1000-metre events while Peterson ran bests in the mile and 1000-metre.
“Thomas came into his own this weekend—he has gained confidence each meet and it’s going to be exciting to watch him race at conference,” said Fougner. “For Cole, it was a bitter-sweet weekend as he achieved three personal bests but just missed the school record in the 1000-metre by 0.5 seconds.
Rookie Alyssa Mousseau stood out on the women’s side, running personal bests in the 800- and 600-metre events. Mousseau finished fourth against tough competition in the 600-metre, good enough to launch her into the top-ten in U SPORTS rankings.
“Alyssa was our top rookie of the meet with an outstanding double,” said Fougner.