Lions win two medals on day one of Youth Nationals

It was a successful start to the 2014 Canadian Youth National Championships for the Ottawa Lions in Langley, BC today. Distance standout Shona McColloch kicked things off in style by capturing her first national medal, winning the midget girls 1200m in 3:31.70. It was a tight battle for McColloch against Sevanne Ghazarian of Guelph who finished just a tenth of a second behind.

The other medal of the day came from Shyvonne Roxborough, who picked up a silver in the youth girls 100m. Running into a 1.3 m/s headwind, Roxborough crossed the line in 12.31 seconds, just 0.09 seconds behind Taryn Smiley of British Columbia. Colle Thompson finished sixth in the final with a time of 12.60 seconds.

Hurdlers also had a successful day one, with four Lions putting together top eight finishes. The top finisher was Keira Christie-Galloway, who finished fourth in the midget girls 80m hurdles in a time of 11.87 seconds. Teammate Alexandra Ethier finished eighth in the same race in 12.23. In the youth boys 110m hurdles, Geoffrey Lawson finished fifth in a personal best 14.65 seconds, while Hailie McKechnie finished eighth in the youth girls 80m hurdles in 15.89.