VICTORIA – The UVic Vikes track team added four more medals to their impressive haul on the second and final day of the Canada West Track and Field Championships in Regina SK, on February 25.


“It was great today to see our graduating athletes finish their last conference meet in winning form and to see our rookies perform like future champions,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner.

Fifth-year Vikes Cole Peterson and Rachel Francois ended their last ever Canada West championships in style, capturing gold in the 1500-metre and 600-metre races respectively.

After the meet, Peterson was recognized off the track for his excellence on it, as he was named the Canada West Male Track Athlete of the Year.

“It seems Cole has been in the background of others throughout his varsity career,” said Fougner. “He has more silver medals then anyone I know, so it is so great to see him be recognized as one of the top athletes competing this weekend.”

Also capturing gold on the final day was Tyler Smith, who made it a Vikes sweep in the 600-metre race to start the day.

“Cole, Tyler and Rachel’s victories were a testament to their hard work this winter and I am looking forward to seeing them at nationals,” said Fougner.

In the overall team standings the Vikes men finished third with 54 points, a testament to the program’s dominance in the middle and long distance events. The men competed in just six of the 17 events throughout the meet, but made those six events count by picking up four gold and two silver medals.

“I wanted to make the most my last conference championship as a Vike,” said Peterson. “Over my career we have been tantalizingly close to winning the team title and leading after the first day fueled bold performances from our team, including me personally finding extra in the last lap of the 1500-metre race.”

Francois, Chloe HewittAlyssa Mousseau and Andrea Robinson capped off the weekend for the Vikes with a bronze medal in the final event of the meet, the 4×400-metre relay. The Vikes women finished the meet with one gold, silver and bronze medal, good enough for 22 points and a seventh place finish.

“I’m very happy with how things came together today,” said Francois. “The energy from the team helped carry me around the track, so it was a perfect way to finish my last conference championships.”

Also honoured after the event was first-year Chet Goerzen, who earned an honourable mention for Male Rookie of the Year award after his silver medal winning run in the 3000-metre yesterday.

Vikes Results:

600-m: Tyler Smith – 1st, GOLD (1:19.84), Brendon Restall– 4th(1:20.65), Bronson Reid – 14th (1:23.60)Max Serviss – 19th (1:29.08)
1500-m: Cole Peterson – 1st, GOLD (3:52.97), Isaac Penner – 4th (3:57.55), Chet Goerzen – 9th (3:59.81), Brendan Hoff – 11th (4:03.31), Benjamin Weir – 15th (4:05.27), Derrick Evans – 21st (4:05.23), Josh Kozelj – 22nd (4:07.80) Timothy Longley – 30th (4:09.89), Matthew Noseworthy – 31st (4:10.14) Alexander Nemethy – 33rd (4:11.51)
4×400-m: Brendon Restall, Thomas OxlandBronson ReidTyler Smith – 5th (3:28.36)

600-m: Rachel Francois – 1st, GOLD (1:31.18), Chloe Hewitt – 6th (1:36.17),
1500-m: Julia Greer – 11th (4:50.20), Elena Savidge – 15th (4:56.34), Andie Wood – 22nd (4:59.98)
4×400-mChloe HewittAlyssa MousseauAndrea RobinsonRachel Francois – 3rd, BRONZE (3:56.09)

Team Standings:

Women’s Team Standings
Alberta 104
Calgary 85.5
Saskatchewan 54
Trinity Western 48
Manitoba 47.5
Regina 37
Victoria 22
Lethbridge 11

Men’s Team Standings
Trinity Western 80
Alberta 62
Victoria 54
Manitoba 53
Lethbridge 44
Saskatchewan 42
Regina 40
Calgary 34