The first Super Saturday Series Meet of the year always seems to produce some record setting performances and this past Saturday’s event was no difference with no less than seven facility records falling on the day – all set by females.
Among the Lion athletes making an assault on the record books was grade nine student Lauren Gale, who obliterated the midget girls 300m record by more than a second as she won in a time of 39.98 seconds. The previous mark of 41.17 seconds was set last December by Jordan Savoury of Quebec. Making the mark more impressive is the fact Gale still has another year in the midget age category and was just five hundredths of a second off the youth girls record.
Also setting a new midget mark was Ottawa Lions female midget athlete of the year, Shona McCollch, as she trimmed nearly 16 seconds off the previous 3000m standard. Running head and shoulders above her competition on Saturday, McColloch won the seven and a half lap event in 9:49.08 – more than 24 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. The previous record of 10:05.07 had been set by Stephanie Smith of York University Track Club in 2005.
In the youth girls weight throw, Tanya Coulter added more than a meter to the previous best with her 12.56m attempt. Tanya now holds both the youth and midget girls Dome records in the weight throw.
While not a Dome record, University of Ottawa freshman Steve Nkusi won the men’s high jump in a school record equaling leap of 2.05m. The mark tied former pentathlete Shawn Wilcox’s record jump from 1994. The jump also qualifies Nkusi for the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships next March in Windsor.
Other Dome records broken included:
Women’s 600m Open – Karine Belleau-Beliveau (’83) 1:29.38
Women’s 60mH U20 (76cm) – Arielle Dominique(’99) 8.73
Women’s 60mH U18 (76cm) – Arielle Dominique (’99) 8.73
Women’s 60mH U16 (76cm) – Arielle Dominique (’99) 8.73