VICTORIA – Centennial Stadium will be filled with talent on Thursday evening as the University of Victoria campus hosts the inaugural Vic City Invite on Jun. 8. Four current Vikes and five alumni will be competing with the hopes of qualifying for the World Championships and World University Games.
The annual Victoria International Track Classic was canceled this year. For 28 years, local track and field enthusiasts have had the treat of witnessing Olympians and elites from around the world at that event. From this annual interest the Vic City Invite was born.
The meet will be a short, two-hour program featuring the 800-m and 1500-m fields for a night solely of middle distance racing. Current Vikes track athletes competing include U SPORT silver medalist Tyler Smith and Canada West medalist Max Serviss. There is also a large roster of notable alumni including multiple U SPORTS (CIS) medal winners Grace Annear, Thomas Riva, and the U SPORTS gold medal list and 2017 UVic President’s Cup winner Cole Peterson.
Canadian Olympians Jessica O’Connell and Jessica Smith will also be among the athletes competing. Both O’Connell and Smith are looking to run fast times leading into nationals, set to take place early June in Ottawa.
The Jun. 8 meet will run from 6:00-8:30 p.m. at UVic’s Centennial Stadium and development races beginning at 5:30. Entry is free.