It was another successful day on the track in Ste. Therese on Saturday as the Ottawa Lions picked up another four medals on the second day of the National Legion Championships – including two gold. The haul raises the club’s total to eight, including five gold after two days of competition.
After capturing the 1500m title Friday night, Shona McCulloch got right back to business Saturday morning in the U18 girls 3000m, picking up her second gold of the championship. McCulloch won in a time 9 minutes 46.33 seconds, two and a half seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. With the victory, Shona remains a perfect 4-0 individual events at Legion Nationals over the past two seasons.
Also stepping on the top rung of the podium on Saturday was Lauren Gale after her commanding victory in the U16 girls 300m. Gale, who has dominated the distance in Canada this summer, won handily in a time of 38.68 seconds, more than a second ahead of teammate Sharelle Samuel who took home in silver in a personal best 39.92. Her gold in the 300m, was Gale’s second of the day following her silver in the 200m hurdle final where she finished in 27.86 seconds.
Just missing out on her second medal of the championship was Keira Christie-Galloway who finished fourth in the U18 girls long jump. Christie-Galloway, a silver medalist in the U16 category in 2014, finished just two centimeters out of bronze with the second best jump of her life – 5.62m.
Other top ten performances by Ottawa Lions on Saturday included:
Jenna Rossi – U16 Girls 2000m – 6:50.08 (7th)
Wariso Dullo – U16 Boys Javelin – 47.28m (8th)
Eric Mitchell – U18 Boys Long Jump – 6.67m (8th)
Jonathan Rioux – U16 Boys 2000m – 5;59.07 (9th)
Mathieu Payant – U16 Boys 300m – 38.38 (10th)