VICTORIA – The UVic Vikes women’s track team started their 2018 season in the best way possible by not only finishing first in the 4×800-metre relay, but also breaking a 35-year old meet record in the process at the Golden Bear Open in Edmonton, AB on Jan. 19.


The relay team of Chloe HewittElena SavidgeCaroline Harrell and Alyssa Mousseau finished in a time of 9:15.63, eight seconds ahead of their closest competitors and three seconds clear of the previous meet record that was set in 1983.

Emma Edmonds and Georgia Ginther also had strong showings for the Vikes in the 3000-metre race, crossing the line in second and fourth place respectively.

Second-year Vike Chet Goerzen was the top-finisher on the men’s side, crossing the line fourth in the 3000-metre race.

Splitting their relay team into two squads for the 4×800-metre race, the Vikes finished both fifth and sixth. The team of Max ServissIsaac PennerThomas Oxland and Tyler Smith just edged out Timothy LongleyMitchell BasherVlad Lyesin and Derrick Ushko by two seconds.

There is plenty of Vikes action on tap tomorrow, Jan. 20, when the Vikes compete in Day 2 of the Golden Bear Open. The team has multiple entries into the 600, 1000 and 1500-metre events that are scheduled to take place throughout the day.

All of that action can be watched live on Facebook.


3000-metre: 2nd – Emma Edmonds (10:39.88), 4th – Georgia Ginther (10:44.69)
4×800-metre: 1st (Meet Record) – Chloe HewittElena SavidgeCaroline HarrellAlyssa Mousseau(9:15.63)

3000-metre: 4th – Chet Goerzen (8:40.97), 9th – Matthew Noseworthy (8:57.62)
4×800-metre: 5th – Max ServissIsaac PennerThomas OxlandTyler Smith (7:53.03), 6th – Timothy LongleyMitchell BasherVlad LyesinDerrick Ushko (7:55.46)