Life’s a beach for Vikes runners

UVic Vikes cross country team pace the UBC Classic at Jericho Beach

The UVic Vikes women’s cross country team established themselves as CIS contenders by sweeping all three podium spots of the UBC Classic five-kilometre course at Jericho Beach in Vancouver on Saturday.

Vikes rookie Ellen Pennock won the race in 17 minutes and 22 seconds with third-year Vike Stephanie Trenholm second (17:39) and fourth-year Deirdre Moran in third (17:43). The Vikes’ triumph didn’t end there, with fifth-year veterans Alicia Roske fourth (17:52) and Laura Mitic sixth (17:57).

UVic’s men nearly swept the top three spots as well with fifth-year Cliff Childs winning the eight-km in 24:53 and second-year Dylan Haight next at 25:04. Vikes rookies Ryan Cassidy (25:18) and Jackson Bocksnick (25:18) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Next on the Vikes’ cross country schedule is the B.C. Club Championships in Aldergrove on Saturday (Oct. 29). The CIS Cross Country championships are in Quebec City on Nov. 12.