While it was a successful weekend for a small number of Lions athletes this weekend, one of the most impressive performances of the year so far came a couple weeks ago at the World Indoor Masters Championships in Budapest, Hungary at the end of March.
Masters sprinting superstar Wendy Alexis took her sprinting domination to a new level, moving past the Canadian border and captured double sprinting gold in the 60m and 200m in the 55-59 age category. Exerting her dominance in the 60m, Alexis was the top qualifier for the final after winning her heat by more than half a second. She followed it up with an 8.59 clocking in the final to take gold by nearly two tenths over British runner Averil McClelland.
In the 200m final,McClelland would narrow the gap to 0.06 seconds, but Alexis still crossed the line first in 28.46 seconds. Rounding out her championships, Alexis would capture a silver with Canada’s 4x200m relay team.
In this past weekends action, the combined event athletes got things kicked off at the Jim Click Shootout in Tucson, Arizona last Thursday and Friday. Decathlete Patrick Arbour defended his title putting up 7182 points in his season opener. In the heptathlon, Michele Krech put up a personal best 4958 points to finish fifth. Fuelled by new bests in the 100m hurdles, 200m, long jump and 800m, Krech moves to fifth in club history.
At the Bison Outdoor Classic in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania Divya Biswal bounced and sprinted her way to new lifetime bests. After running a new best of 15.16 seconds in the 100m hurdles, Biswal bounded out to 12.19m to take second in the triple jump. The leap now places Biswal atop the NCAA Division III early season rankings and moves her to third in club history.