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Track is back in Victoria

File photo. Tyler Dozzi.

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Spring is finally in the air in Greater Victoria, the blossoms have bloomed, the rains it seems have receded for now and track season is back.

Wednesday and Thursday saw the usual suspects fly around the track to record times at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium during the 2017 Island High School Championships.

Sat., May 20 the Christie Phoenix Insurance Victoria Track Series begins its four-meet season and a low-key replacement for the cancelled Victoria Track Classic is going ahead on Thurs, June 8.

During the Island High School’s meet, Tyler Dozzi of Oak Bay High was voted as the athlete of the meet after he won both the 1500m event Thursday morning and broke the Island High School record for the 3,000m on Wednesday. He will be attending the University of British Columbia next season, racing for the Thunderbirds.

Dozzi moved to Victoria two years ago from Terrace to be able to train all year round and work under the guidance of two-time Olympian Bruce Deacon. Last year he won the South Island, Island, BC and Canadian cross-country Championships.

Oak Bay again, won the Island high school team title with their 398 points. Parksville’s Ballenas Whalers finished second with 87 points and the Parkland Panthers finished third with 68 points.

The Oak Bay Bays will be seeking their 12th provincial title at the B.C. high school track and field championships, June 1-3 at in Langley.

Hassy Fashina-Bombata of Nanaimo’s Wellington Wildcats won both of the girls’ 100m and 200m sprints. She ran 12.40 and 25.59 respectively.

Meanwhile, Desirae Ridenour of the Cowichan Thunderbirds broke the 1500m record with an impressive run, finishing in the time of 4:33.41.

Saturday’s Victoria Track Series will include 400m and 100m sprints for kids, plus 3,000m, 1500m and 800m distance events, for runners of all abilities.

Thursday, June 8, the Vic City Elite takes place at UVic. This is a low-key replacement for the National Track League’s Victoria Track Classic, which has taken a hiatus for one year. For 2017, there will be some of Canada’s best middle-distance runners competing and trying to achieve world championships qualifying times.

The primary distances will be 800m and 1500m in development and elite sections. The Vic City Elite starts at 6:30 pm and is open to the public. At 5:30 the Victoria Track Series will run a few all-comers races during their second of four meets.

London Olympian Geoff Harris will manage the Vic City Invite with the help of Vikes' top 800m runner Rachel Francois, two-time Olympian Hilary Stellingwerff and Vikes’ Head Coach Brent Fougner. Entry to watch is free-of-charge.

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