The situation was pretty simple for Erinn Stenman-Fahey. Finish in the top two and book your ticket to Eugene, Orgeon for the upcoming IAAF World Junior Championships for your first national team appointment. Seems simple enough. Certainly, the way Erinn ran Sunday’s 800m final, it seemed simple. The grade 11 student from Canterbury High School bided her time in the first lap, sitting sixth at the bell before picking people off on the back stretch kicking it into another gear with 200m to go as she finished in 2:08.79 with a shiny silver medal around her neck.
Erinn will become the first Lion to compete at the biannual event since 2010 when Ashlea Maddex and Oluwasegun Makinde represented Canada in Moncton, New Brunswick. She will also become the first woman in club history to qualify for World Juniors in the 800m.
The day’s other medal came from the quartet of Shyvonne Roxborough, Alexia Lamothe, Alexandra Telford and Clara Phillips as the ladies picked up a bronze in the 4x100m relay in a time of 48.85 seconds.
Just missing out on a second podium finish was Lamothe as she finished fourth in the 400m hurdle final despite running a lifetime best 1:00.95. Alexia picked up another fourth place finish in the women’s 4x400m relay. Herself and teammates Reilly Jones, Bridget Hayes and Stenman-Fahey finished in 3 minutes 50.83 seconds, just less than four tenths behind bronze medal winning British Columbia.