Vikes runner bests 3,000m at track series

University of Victoria Vikes runner Clifford Childs took the lead

University of Victoria Vikes runner Clifford Childs took the lead from the start and never let up, setting a personal best in the Victoria Track Series men’s elite 3,000-metre race at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium.

Childs’ time of eight minutes and 21.9 seconds was 20 seconds ahead of the race favourite, Trevor O’Brien (8:28.30), and third-place finisher Josh Clouthier (8:42.60), also a UVic Vike.

Up-and-coming Nanaimo firecracker Madison Heisterman, 11, came down to set the B.C. provincial record for her age group, 11-13, in the 800m with a time of two minutes, 24.1 seconds (record pending official approval). Overall Heisterman was fourth in the 800m race with Myriam Bassett winning in two minutes, 18.5 seconds. Jennica Moore was second, Caleigh Bachop (Mount Douglas) third.

Victoria’s Julien Marceau won his first Victoria Track Series race in the men’s 400m open, crossing the line in 61 seconds.

Full results are available at www.victoriatrackseries.ca/results.