Makinde and Robertson set to make season debut

The Ottawa Lions will hope to kick off 2013 with a bang as the Super Saturday Series reconvenes tomorrow at The Dome @ Louis-Riel. The event kicks off with the 3000m timed finals at 11:30am, where 800m runner Emma Galbraith will give the longer distance a go. Field events will commence at noon with the shot put where Dome record holder Patrick Arbour will look to improve on his standard.
 
The sprint events should be sizzling with 2012 Olympian, Oluwasegun Makinde, and 2011 Panamerican Games finalist, Michael Robertson each making their season’s debut. Makinde, who was an alternate on the Canadian men’s 4x100m relay team in London this summer, will contest the 60m as well as the 60m hurdles, an event he has not run since the CIS finals in 2010. Meanwhile, Robertson will compete in the 300m, where he holds the Dome record of 33.21, and also join Makinde in the 60m sprint. The pair will be joined by Makinde’s younger brother Tolu, and hurdler Gabriel Tesfaye as they represent the University of Ottawa Gee Gees in the 4x200m relay.
 
Another match up to keep an eye out for on Saturday will be the junior women’s 150m. Training partners Charifa Labarang and Victoria McIntyre will both contest the 60m as a warm-up before making a run at national team member Kimberly Hyacinthe’s junior 150m Dome record of 18.32. In the first Super Saturday Series Meet of the season, Labarang just missed the mark with a time of 18.35, while McIntyre is coming off a record setting performance of 39.93 seconds in the 300m.
 
Participants are encouraged to arrive early, as meet registration will run from 10am-12pm. Please note that registration for the both the 60m and 3000m will close at 11am.

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