“It was a good day for the club,” said coach Andrew Pagé, and he wasn’t joking as Lions athletes picked up four medals on day one of the 2015 National Legion Track and Field Championships held in Ste. Therese, Quebec. Leading the charge was a trio of young ladies who were all crowned Canadian champions on Friday.
World Youth semi-finalist, Keira Christie-Galloway was the odds on favourite to win gold after a season of consistently putting up the fastest times in the country. The St. Matthews High School student didn’t disappoint, winning in a time of 13.80 seconds over Brittany Stenekes of Team Ontario and world youth teammate, Arielle Bykovskaia-Dominique of Quebec.
In the youth girls 1500m, Shona McCulloch captured the third Canadian crown of her life, after winning both the U16 1200m and 2000m at last year’s championship. Despite being a year younger than most of her fellow competitors, McCulloch won in a time of 4:35.76, less than three seconds off her personal best.
Rounding out the national champions was Shyvonne Roxborough, who was crowned Canada’s girl by virtue of winning the U18 girls 100m title. The South Carleton High School student won comfortably in 12.05 seconds into a strong 1.7 m/s headwind. Teammate Colle Thompson was seventh in the final with a time of 12.62 seconds.
Winning the Lions first medal of the championship was Cashman Ford, who picked up bronze in the U16 boys pole vault.
Action continues Saturday and Sunday at the Legion Nationals in Ste. Therese.