Victoria International Track Classic

The Victoria International Track Classic is Canada’s premier International Track and Field Meet. It is more than an ordinary track meet and is comprised of a series of track and field events for secondary school and other developing athletes. As well of course, the international athletic competition. The Track Classic is a two hour entertainment event featuring the world’s best track and field athletes. The event is built around a ‘spectator friendly’ program including a tight schedule of world class competition, professional announcers, athlete interviews, an active score board, spectator participation and music. The finish line is positioned in front of the main grandstand so that all the spectators can view the action from a prime vantage point.

Historical glance over the years:

2008
  • Priscilla Lopes-Schliep equals the meet record of 12.90 in the 100mH
  • Dylan Armstrong sets a meet record of 20.47m in the shot put
2006
  • Shi Dongpeng (China) sets a new meet record of 13:52 in the 110mH
  • Angela Whyte (Cdn) sets a new meet record of 12:90 in the 100mH
  • Barbara Petrahn (Hungary) sets a new meet record or 23:48 in the 200m
  • Diane Cummins (Cdn) sets another record of 1:59:73 in the 800m
  • Nikki McEwen (USA) sets a new record in the Pole Vault at 4:45 m
2005
  • Antoinette Wilks (Jamaica) sets a new meet record of 12.94 in the 100mH for women.
  • Adam Goucher (USA) wins the men’s 5000m in 13:21.13 to qualify for the 2005 world championships.
  • Hillary Edmonson (CAN) captures the women’s 1500m in 4:10.70
2004
  • Matt Phillips (USA) sets a new meet and stadium record in the men’s Pole Vault in 5.53m.
  • Gary Reed (Victoria, Canada) wins his second consecutive 800m in a time of 1:46.39.
  • Travis Nutter (USA) sets a new meet record in the men’s Javelin with a throw of 72.36m.
  • Diane Cummins (Victoria, Canada) moves up to the 1500m and wins in a time of 4:10.52.
2003
  • Laban Rotich (Kenya) races to a new meet record in mile with a time of 3:54.07, outpacing Victoria’s Graham Hood on the last lap. Five athletes run a Miracle Mile.
  • Albert Chepkirui (Kenya) cruises to a meet record in the 5,000m in a time of 13:10.93. This is the fastest 5000m run on BC soil.
2002
  • David Galvan of Mexico sets a new meet record in the 3000m –7:51.90 — just ahead of Martin Keino (Kenya).
  • Daniel Gachera (Kenya) runs 3:58.49 for the first sub four-minute mile run in Victoria since John Walker in 1972.
  • The Track Classic receives IAAF Area Permit status.
2001
  • Diane Cummings (Victoria) runs to an easy win in the 800m as a warm-up for her 5th place finish in 2001 IAAF World Championships.
  • Shane Niemi (Canada) runs the second fast 300m of the year — 32.43.
Zach Whitmarsh (Victoria) outraces the Kenyans in final corner to win in 1:46.12 and sets a new meet record.
  • The Kenyan’s sweep the men’s 5000m. (Jackson Koech – 13:26.17 George Okworo – 13:28.94 Boaz Kisang, – 13:31.94) Boaz Kisang goes on to win NCAA cross-country six months later
2000
  • Bernard Lagat (Kenya) runs 1:47.68 to finish just ahead of Kevin Sullivan (Canada) 1:48.05. Both went on to the Sydney Olympic Games to finish 3rd and 5th in the 1500m.
  • Clyde Colenso (South Africa) narrowly misses the four-minute-mile running 4’00.16.
1999
  • The Mexican’s dominate the first six places in the Men’s 5000m with David Galven winning in 13:27.99.
1998
  • Victoria’s Robyn Meagher battles Claire Taylor from USA in Women’s 1500m to finish second by 0.6 sec
1997
  • Nora Rocha (Mexico) wins the 5000m in 15:30.75 — one of many races at she will win the Track Classic.
1996
  • Ray Stewart, Jamaica set a new meet record in the 100m in a time of 10.19
  • Stacey Dragila, future Olympic gold medalist, wins women’s pole vault.
1995
  • The Mexicans dominate the men’s 5000m winning in 13:35. 29 and taking the first three spots.
  • Victoria’s Zach Whitmarsh emerges on the international track scene and wins the 400m in 47.49.
1994
  • T. Kuprivanovich, Blarus sets the meet record in 800m in 2:00.84
  • A new meet record in the women’s 200m is set by Sweden’s Maria Staapgard.
1993
  • Centennial Stadium is resurfaced for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. 3000 additional seats are added along with a warm-up track.
1992
  • Tom Putskys from the USA sets the new Javilin record of 83.10m
  • Gustavo Castillo, Mexico sets the meet record in 3000m S/C: 8:34.63
1991
  • Jesus Herrera, Mexico sets meet record in 10,000m: 28:04.04. Carey Nelson, former UVic athlete finishes in second place 1/100s behind.
  • Steve Scott wins the 1000m in record time: 2:19.23
1990
  • Steve Scott wins the 1000m ahead of Canada’s Simon Hoogewerf
1989
  • Victoria’s Dave Campbell wins the 1500m for the second year in a row.
1988
  • The first annual Victoria International Track Classic is held three months prior to the Olympic Games in Seoul Korea.
  • Victoria’s Dave Cambell outraces Peter Rono (Olympic gold medalist in Seoul) to setting the meet record of 3:39.28 for 1500m.