After suffering his first defeat in Canadian University competition this year at the OUA Championships, Sekou Kaba entered last night’s CIS final with something to prove. Prove it he did, capturing his second CIS title in three years, after sitting out the 2013 season, in a championship record 7.79 seconds. In addition to breaking Olympic champion Mark McKoy’s record of 7.83 seconds, Kaba also took 0.01 seconds off his University of Ottawa record. With Sekou’s time, Gee-Gee athletes now hold three CIS records including the men’s long jump and 4 x 200m relay.
Other results from Lions athletes in the first two days of competition include a fourth place finish in the shot put by Ashley Connell on Friday with a best throw of 13.61m. Connell, a freshman at the University of Guelph, also finished 10th in Thursday’s weight throw competition.
In the men’s 1000m, Mohamed Souleiman finished 6th in 2:27.91, while Alex Wilkie, running for Queen’s University, took 9th in the 3000m with an 8:30.40 clocking.
In Thursday’s 600m semi-finals, Charlotte Gardner ran her way to a personal best of 1:33.10 to nab the 7th and final spot in today’s final. Also competing today will be Olivier Gauthier-Kwan in the men’s pole vault and Mohamed Souleiman returns to action in the 1500m final. As well, the quartet of Devin Biocchi, Wade Embury, Isaiah Moses and Gabriel Tesfaye look to bring home a third straight 4 x 400m relay gold for the University of Ottawa.
All action can be viewed online at CIS-SIC.tv