Lions kick off new year in style

It was the first weekend of competition in 2015, and Lions athletes did their best to kick things off on the right foot. Adam Palamar got things started Friday night in Fayetteville at the Arkansas Invitational by taking a commanding victory in the men’s mile, winning in 4:06.32. According to the University of Tulsa track and field team, the time put Palamar atop the early season NCAA rankings.

Elsewhere Friday night, hurdler Alexia Lamothe placed fourth in her collegiate debut at the CanAm Classic in Windsor. The University of Windsor freshman set a personal best in the prelims of 8.82 seconds, placing her just outside of the club’s all-time top 10 list.

On Saturday at the Louis-Riel Dome, Lions athletes set two new facility records. The first record to fall was in the youth girls weight throw as Tanya Coulter lengthened her own record to 12.83m. Tanya had set the previous record in December at the opening meet of the season.

On the track, grade nine student Lauren Gale set her second Dome standard of the short season, winning the women’s 150m in 18.72 seconds. The time removed six hundredths of a second from Shelani Fernando’s previous standard set in 2010 and moved Gale into tenth on the club’s all-time ranking.

The Lions return to action this coming Saturday as they cross the border to attend the St. Lawrence Invitation in Canton, New York.