Black Press 5000m – Oak Bay Track, Victoria, BC

This is the first race that took place at the Jack Wallace Track at Oak Bay High School that led to the nine-year run of the Victoria Track Series/Victoria Run Series.

Top Canadian masters age (40-plus) women Lucy Smith and Marilyn Arsenault both of Victoria, went 1-2 in their race. Both went on to record national age-group records for the distance during the series.

Chloe Hegland, a soccer player for Peninsula went on to run for the University of Victoria Vikes for four years, coached in part by Arsenault.

The men’s race was fast for a local twilight meet as one-time 13:29 runner Ryan McKenzie ran a 14:02 for the win. Scott Simpson in 14:21 for second. Kyle Jones, a national-level triathlete finished third in 14:37. Five men ran under 16-minutes, while six-time world cross country championships competitor Paul O’Callaghan was the first over-40 masters in 16:16.

The second Black Press 5000 four months later on the same track would feature Southern Utah University’s Cameron Levins, who went on to break the national record in the 10,000-metres and in September 2018 the marathon record.

OFFICIAL RACE RESULTS

5,000 Metres – High Performance Women

Pos. Name Club Age Time Halfway Split

1 Lucy Smith Lifesport/PIH 42 16:57.2 8:31.1
2 Marilyn Arsenault UVic/IRR 41 17:29.8
3 Lisa Mensink Lifesport 32 17:54.8
4 Nancy Baxendale Prairie Inn Harriers 47 18:28.3
5 Chloe Hegland Peninsula Track 12 19:37.5

5,000 Metres – High Performance Men

1 Ryan McKenzie Pacific Athletics 30 14:02.8 7:10.2
2 Scott Simpson Prairie Inn Harriers 29 14:21.7
3 Kyle Jones Prairie Inn Harriers 24 14:37.3
4 Trevor O’Brien Pacific Athletics 30 15:22.8
5 Ian Hallam Prairie Inn Harriers 37 15:48.8
6 Paul O’Callaghan Prairie Inn Harriers 44 16:16.4
7 Walter Cantwell Prairie Inn Harriers 41 16:39.6
8 Simon Dejongh Pacific Athletics 30 16:52.9
9 Gord Christie Prairie Inn Harriers 47 16:58.0
10 Mike Lord Prairie Inn Harriers 37 17:27.7

5,000 Metres – All-Comers Women

1 Sophie Hegland Peninsula Track 14 25:29.1 12:33.3
2 Christine Thate Prairie Inn Harriers 50 30:13.6

5,000 Metres – All-Comers Men

1 Darren Skuja Comox Valley RR 47 17:58.2 8:59.7
2 Mark Ritchie Prairie Inn Harriers 41 18:04.8
3 Pierre Ballester Island Road Racers 45 18:41.9
4 Rui Batista Prairie Inn Harriers 48 18:41.9
5 Ted Hill Unattached 38 21:09.9

BC Athletics Officials: David Hopkins (Referee), Keith Newell (Starter), Doreen Newell, Ann Juteau, Evan Fagan (Lap Scorers), Lin Hopkins, Anne Lansdell, Bob Reid (Timers)