Lions Break 5 Facility Records at St. Lawrence

It was a record breaking two days for the Ottawa Lions in Canton, New York. On the heals of Michele’s Krech’s record smashing performance Friday night in the pentathlon, four more records fell by the wayside today.

The first record to fall on Saturday was the women’s 60m hurdles as Karelle Edwards was the top finisher in the prelims with a time of 8.62, shaving 0.15 seconds off clubmate Devyani Biswal’s old mark of 8.77 set last January. Karelle would drop the mark even lower in the final, winning in 8.44, more than a second ahead of clubmate Clara Phillips.

In the men’s 60m hurdles, Sekou Kaba claimed gold by more than half a second, winning in 8.10 seconds. The time was 0.01 seconds better than the old facility record, set by Kaba in 2012. Sekou is currently ranked second in the CIS.

In the men’s heptathlon, Mark Chenery took gold and the facility record with a score of 4466 points. Chenery’s victory came despite failing to register a mark in the pole vault. Teammates Zach Quevillo (4445pts) and Matthew Johnson (4256pts) rounded out the podium.

Pole vaulter Melinda Rock rounded out the list of record breakers, as she claimed victory with a clearance of 3.47m. The height added 1cm to the previous mark set in 2004. In the men’s pole vault, Olivier Gauthier-Kwan completed the sweep of the pole vault as he set a new personal best of 4.70m to win. The mark moves Gauthier-Kwan to second on the club’s all time list.

The Lions return to action next weekend at the McGill Team Challenge.