” Our team goal tonight was to race hard and go after some personal best performances,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner. “We had some good results and the team came through with a solid effort on the oval.”
Alyssa Mousseau, Chloe Hewitt, Caroline Harrell and Elena Savidge made it a clean Vikes sweep in the 1000-metre, finishing first through fourth. Mousseau (2:51.56), Harrell (3:01.34) and Savidge (3:02.66) all put in personal best times in the race.
Not to be outdone by their teammates, Thomas Oxland and Timothy Longley finished first and second in the men’s 1000-metre race. Those two were closely followed by: Mitchell Basher in fifth, Isaac Penner in ninth and Max Serviss in 11th. Longley’s time of 2:26.59 was a personal best for the third-year athlete from Kentville, NS.
The final event of the night that had Vikes competing in it, was the men’s 600-metre race.
Tyler Smith finished first with his fastest time of the season, crossing the line in a time of 1:20.58. Vlad Lyesin (1:24.34) and Derrick Ushko (1:24.56) both put in personal best times to finish in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The positive results for the Vikes also had numerous ramifications on their U SPORTS ranking. Oxland and Longley now occupy the first and second spot in the nation for the 1000-metre event. Smith, the reigning Canada West champion in the 600-metre is now ranked fifth in U SPORTS as he continues to find his stride in 2018. Finally, Mousseau now holds a top-five ranking in two different events, slotting in fifth in both the 600-metre and 1000-metre rankings.
Next up for the Vikes is a trip to Seattle for both the Husky Classic from Feb. 9-10 and the University of Washington Open on Feb. 11. That will be the final meet for the team before they compete at the Canada West Championships in Winnipeg, MB from Feb. 23-24.
“Heading into next weekend we are in a good place as a team overall and know that we can build on the results from tonight,” said Fougner.