Canadian Kyle Jones

Vikes, Victoria represent at triathlete world championships in New Zealand

A pair of UVic Vikes cross-country athletes competed at the World Triathlon Championships in New Zealand

A pair of UVic Vikes cross-country athletes went across the world last week to compete at the World Triathlon Championships in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday.

Racing for Canada, former Vikes cross-country star Ellen Pennock (from Calgary) finished 13th in the under-23 category, ahead of 2012 Vikes rookie Alison Hooper (Claremont secondary) at 27th. Locally based Alex Coates finished 25th, while Canada’s top under-23 woman was Joanna Brown of Ontario in third.

Kyle Jones, a longtime training partner of Simon Whitfield, was Canada’s top man in the elite category, finishing sixth overall, his best ever. Victoria-based Lauren Campbell was Canada’s top elite woman, 21st overall.

Victoria’s Matt Sharpe led Canada’s under-23 men’s team, 29th overall, followed by Matt Vierula (Ottawa) in 38th and Victoria’s Aaron Thomas 42nd.