It was déjà-vu all over again for grade 10 student, Keira Christie-Galloway in the junior girls long jump yesterday as she finished second to Claire Larose from London. As in last year’s midget final, Keira held the lead in the fifth round following her best jump of the day, 5.52m in the second round. However, Larose popped out to 5.65m in round five and cemented her victory with a jump of 5.53m in round six. Christie-Galloway will now turn her focus to the hurdles on day two of the OFSAA championships where she enters as the top ranked runner. Elodie Drew of Lycee Claudel finished fifth after being relegated from fourth place based on a count back from her 5.32m jump.
On the track, six Lions advanced out of Thursday’s prelims including defending OFSAA medalists Claire Smith, Farah Abdul-Karim and Keili Shepherd. While Claire and Farah won their respective heats in the senior girls 1500m and open boys 2000m Steeplechase, Keili was narrowly edged out at the line after she had comfortably secured her place in the final. Also advancing to today’s 1500m finals were Jonathan Rioux, who enters the midget boys final ranked ninth, and Reilly McCann who qualified second in the junior boys race.
The final qualifier on day one belongs grade nine student Lauren Gale of South Carleton. Gale entered the 400m as the clear favourite and did not disappoint in yesterday’s heats. The Canadian Indoor Youth champion went to work right from the gun, taking the outright lead by 150m and never looking back. Lauren crossed the line in a time of 55.05 seconds, nearly fifty meters ahead of her nearest competitor. She will race in today’s final at 3:15pm
Other Lions results from Day 1 are as follows: