It was a successful day for the Ottawa Lions at the Athletics Ontario Bantam/Midget/Youth Championships, which kicked off Saturday morning at the University of Windsor. The tally was led by five golds, including a new Ontario club record in the midget girls 4x100m relay. The team of Mikayla Trudeau-Meisner, Lauren Gale, Keira Christie-Galloway and Alexandra Ethier crossed the line in a blistering fast, 49.28 seconds, a second and half ahead of the second place Windsor Legion. The previous record of 49.2h, set by the Scarborough Optimists, had stood since 1982!
For both Christie-Galloway and Ethier, relay gold was their second medal of the day as Keira grabbed individual gold in the long jump with a leap of 5.15m and Alexandra took home silver in the 200m hurdles.
Also picking up gold on day one was Shona McCulloch who put on a dominating performance the midget girls 1200m, winning by 12 seconds in 3:34.06. Finn Perrault stepped atop the podium in the midget boys 1500m steeplechase, winning a tight battle in 4:59.40, while Shyvonne Roxborough rounded out the gold medallists as she broke the 12 second barrier for the first time, winning the youth girls 100m in a windy 11.98. Shyvonne also teamed up with Colle Thompson, Hailey McKechnie and Kyesia Fraser to finish second in the youth girls 4x100m relay.
Bronze medals on day one were also awarded to the following relay teams:
- Midget boys 4x100m – Matteus Lawford, Ismael Toure, Aidan Schottler-Raymond, and Evan Wilson
- Youth girls 4x400m – Kathryn David, Caitlin Fischer, Gabrielle Campeau and Hailey McKechnie
- Youth boys 4x400m – Jonah Hayes-Cook, Eric Palamar, Austin White, and Justin Cuddihey