Lions pick up another two medals at National Youth Championships

It was another two medal day at the Canadian Youth Championships on Saturday for the Ottawa Lions as Shona McCulloch picked up her second gold of the championships while Keira Christie-Galloway used some last minute heroics to grab a silver.

After capturing the 1200m crown on Friday, McCulloch took to the track Saturday in the midget girls 2000m, an event where she broke the Ontario Legion record earlier this summer. Shona won in a new personal best time of 6:14.15, just off the championship record of 6:13.71 set back in 2010.

For Christie-Galloway, she used some last minute heroics to to pick up her first national medal. Even making it to the midget girls long jump final was a struggle for the OFSAA silver medalist who could only manage a leap of 4.96m to scrape into the final in 8th place. After fouls in rounds four and five, Keira leapt to a new personal best of 5.38m in the final round to finish in second.

Despite being 15, Christie-Galloway also moved up an age category to help the youth girls 4x100m relay team to a fourth place finish. The team, which also included Shyvonne Roxborough, Colle Thompson and Hailey McKechnie completed the lap in 48.59 seconds, just 0.01 seconds out of the bronze medal position. The quartet were the top ranked club in the event as the medals were captured by Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan.

Roxborough, who captured a silver Friday in the 100m, finished seventh in Saturday’s long jump final with a best leap of 5.15m.  Also picking up seventh places finishes were Alexa Livingstone, who ran 10:03.93 in the 3000m and Erinn Stenman-Fahey in the 400m. The youth boys 4x100m relay team of Geoffrey Lawson, Austin White, Ethan Goodchild and Mitchell Frizell finished eighth in 44.53.

The action in Langley wraps up today.