The University of Victoria Vikes men and women’s track teams are set to finish off their final weekend of preparation this season with the Husky Classic on Feb. 12-13 and the UW Open on Feb. 14, both hosted at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Eight Vikes runners from the women’s side along with 14 from the men will race across six middle and long distance events. The men’s team of first years Max Serviss, Ryan Korol, Thomas Oxland and fourth year Brendon Restall will make up the only relay team of the weekend in the 4×400-metre.
“This weekend’s races are the last chance for our runners to fine tune their game and qualify for the Canada West Track and Field Championships at the end of February,” said Vikes head coach Brent Fougner about the upcoming conference championship hosted in Saskatchewan Feb. 26-27. “At the end of this weekend, our runners will know where they stand individually and where we will rank as a team going into the final races of the season.”
The Vikes will face a variety of competition including American competitiors from Oregon State, Portland State, Texas, North Carolina, Idaho, Adams State, Azusa Pacific and Utah, while Canadian schools Simon Fraser and Alberta will also be in attendance.
On the women’s side, fifth-year Vike Shauna McInnis will look to improve on her Jan. 30 UWInvitational women’s mile time of 4:46.26, while aiming to break the Vikes’ women’s mile record of 4:44.44 held by former Vike Kendra Pomfret. Teammates Emma Bibault and Chloe Hegland will join McInnis this weekend in the women’s mile.
First year Vanessa Sjoberg, third year Carly Paracholski, third year Andrea Robinson and second year Caroline Harrell will race in the 600-metre. Robinson and Harrell will also compete in the 1000-metre.
On the men’s side, Thomas Oxland and Timothy Longley will be the only Vikes to race in the 800-metre event this weekend. Fourth year Cody Therrien and second year Ben Weir were the only other Vikes to compete in the UW Invitational on Jan. 30 and both are looking to improve this weekend on their respective 3000-metre times of 8:21.91 and 8:27.41. Shoayb Bascal, for the Vikes men, and Chloe Hegland and Laurel Booker, for the Vikes women, will also race the 3000-metre.
This weekend’s races are the last the Vikes will have ahead of the Canada West Track and Field Championship and from there, the Vikes will set their sights on the CIS Track and Field Championship from Mar. 10-12 in Toronto, Ont.
Vikes travelling athletes:
Shoayb Bascal – 3000-m, mile
Sterling Ginther – 3000-m
Max Serviss – 4×400-m, 600-m
Ryan Korol – 4×400-m, 600-m
Timothy Longley – 800-m, 1000-m
Peter Oxland – mile
Thomas Oxland – 4×400-m, 800-m, 1000-m
Isaac Penner – mile, 1000-m
Cody Therrien – 3000-m, mile
Ben Weir – 3000-m, mile
David French – 1000-m
Cole Peterson – mile, 1000-m
Brendon Restall – 4×400-m, 600-m
Tyler Smith – 600-m
Emma Bibault – mile
Shauna McInnis – mile, 1000-m
Caroline Harrell – 600-m, 1000-m
Chloe Hegland – mile, 3000-m
Andrea Robinson – 600-m, 1000-m
Carly Paracholski – 600-m
Laurel Booker – 3000-m
Vanessa Sjoberg – 600-m