Thomas Oxland, Cole Peterson, Brendon Restall and Tyler Smith all earned gold medals after beating the best 4×800-metre relay teams in the nation, finishing the race in an outstanding time of 7:30.16.
Not only was that fantastic run good enough for gold, but it also set a new school record in an event that the Vikes dominate, having captured 15 medals since 1986.
The race came right down to the wire: Smith ran an incredible anchor leg to bring the Vikes to victory just .23 of a second ahead of the second place team from the University of Windsor.
Oxland pulled double duty on the day, also competing in the 1000-metre race where the second-year Vike finished ninth in a time of 2:30.38
The third and final day of the U SPORTS Track and Field Championships gets underway at 11:30 p.m. on March 11. The first Vike in action will be Francois in the 600-metre final at 12:15 p.m., where she will be aiming to capture her incredible fifth national gold medal at that distance. Smith will take to the track right for his 600-metre final right after Francois, trying to win his second gold medal of the meet. Peterson will also be going for double gold when he competes in the 1500-metre final at 2:00 p.m., before the women’s 4×400-metre relay team wraps up the meet for the Vikes at 3:00 p.m.