First-year Vikes Caitlin Mann opened their season with personal bests

The University of Victoria Vikes track team had the performances they were looking for to open their track season at the Bison Classic, Feb. 1-2, in Winnipeg, Man. First-year Vikes Caitlin Mann and Vaughn Taylor opened their season with personal bests.


Mann, a Saskatchewan native, picked up two third-place finishes in both the 1500-m and 3000-m events. Not far behind her was Georgia Ginther who crossed in sixth place in the 1500-m and fourth place in the 3000-m.

” Caitlin had a great weekend with some good aggressive running in of both her races,” said Brent Fougner, Vikes Cross Country and Track head coach. “It’s good to see this from a rookie this early in the season.”

On the men’s side the veterans and rookie Taylor had strong performances. Third-year Vike Josh Kozelj topped the podium in the 3000-m and had his team mate Jonny Toombs right behind him with a bronze medal. Kozelj set the pace with a 8:45.48 finish. First year Gabe van Hezewijk was not far behind with a fourth place finish (9:00.87). Timothy Longley was second overall in the 1500-m and team mates Mirchell Basher (5th) and Jonny Toombs (7th) were closed behind.

“We had solid performances from veterans Josh Kozelj and Tim Longley with medal-earning races,” said Fougner. “With better competition, their times will definitely drop.”

Taylor didn’t top the podium but had a personal best in the 600-m event crossing in 1:21.91 for ninth place overall.

“Vaughn has all the potential dominate the 600 in the next few years as a Vike,” highlighted Fougner.  “This opener really shows me the potential he has going forward. I am looking forward to his next race.”

Up next the Vikes will head to the Gary Reed Open this weekend, Feb. 8-9, in Kamloops. This will be the last meet for preparation ahead of the Canada West Track and Field Championships hosted in Edmonton on Feb. 22-23. Qualified athletes will then prepare for the U SPORTS National Championship hosted Mar. 7-9 in Winnipeg.


5thSophie Sigfstead (3:04.38)

3rdCaitlin Mann (4:53.13) BRONZE
6thGeorgia Ginther (4:59.85)

3rdCaitlin Mann (10:18.58) BRONZE
4thGeorgia Ginther (10:47.87)


9th – Taylor Vaughn (1:21.91)

2nd Timothy Longley (3:56.66) SILVER
5thMitchell Basher (4:01.58)
7thJonny Toombs (4:05.53)

1stJosh Kozelj (8:45.48)
3rdJonny Toombs (8:51.68)
4th – Gabe Van Hezewijk (9:00.87)