Lions start strong at OUA Championships

It was a successful day one at the OUA Track and Field Championships for Ottawa Lions athletes as they captured three medals. First to get on the podium was Sekou Kaba in the men’s 60m hurdles. Despite failing to regain the provincial gold he claimed silver in a new personal best and University of Ottawa record of 7.80 seconds.

In the men’s 1000m, Mohamed Souleiman entered the competition as the top seed and came away with a silver medal in a tight tactical race. Moh crossed the line in 2:26.46, a mere tenth of a second behind champion Alex Ullman of Windsor.

The final medal of  evening came from Wade Embury who is finishing his first year at the University of Ottawa. Competing in the 300m, Embury won his heat in 35.13 but ended up finishing third in the timed final format. Teammate Gabriel Tesfaye finished 5th with a time of 35.27.

Some other notable performances from Day 1 include a fourth place finish in the shot put by Ashley Connell who had a best throw of 13.24m. Alex Wilkie, a freshman at Queen’s University, finished 8th in the men’s 3000m, with a time of 8:28.23 while pole vaulter Felicite Kokoron set a new personal best of 3.22m to finish 11th.  As well, Brandyn Martineau and Sarah de Carufel both advanced to today’s 60m semi-finals.