VICTORIA – Members of the University of Victoria Vikes Track team went a perfect four-for-four at the Athletics Canada Outdoor National Track and Field Championships in in Ottawa, Ont. from July 3-8.
Proving once again that the team is among the elite programs in the nation; one current, one alumnus and two future Vikes competing in events ranging from the 400-metre to the Steeplechase all found their way onto the podium, collecting two gold, one silver and one bronze medal.
Originally from Surrey, B.C. Georgia Ginther got the Vikes medal parade started off with a dominating performance in the U-20 Steeplechase. Ginther had a strong rookie season for the Vikes in 2017-18, helping the women’s cross country team to a Canada West banner on home soil at Beacon Hill Park by finishing 19th in the conference. She has clearly carried that momentum forward to the outdoor track season, finishing the Steeplechase in first-place with a time 10:50.35.
Also earning a U-20 gold medal was incoming 2018-19 freshman Vaughn Taylor. Taylor hails from Regina, Sask. and his national gold medal in the 400-metre, coming in a time of 48.54, is yet another in a long list of accomplishments that he will bring to Victoria. The 17-year-old also earned a silver medal at the 2017 Youth Commonwealth Games and holds two Legions National Youth Championships records.
Alumnus Thomas Riva captured a silver medal in the 1500-metre after finishing the race with a time of 3:46.94. Riva competed for the Vikes from 2011-15 and finished his career with numerous accolades, including being the two-time Canada West Male Track Athlete of the Year and UVic Male Athlete of the Year in 2015.
Rounding out the Vikes contingent at the National Championships was incoming 2018-19 freshman Caitlin Mann who captured a bronze medal in the U-20 5000-metre race. From Melville, Sask., Mann also earned three silver medals at the 2017 SHSAA Track and Cross Country Provincial Championships.
W Steeplechase (U-20): Georgia Ginther (1st – 10:50.35)
W 5000-m (U-20): Caitlin Mann (3rd – 17:41.72)
M 400-m (U-20): Vaughn Taylor (1st – 48.54)
M 1500-m (Sr.): Thomas Riva (2nd – 3:46.94)