Gale ends Legion Nationals with full set of medals

It was a busy weekend for 15 year old Lauren Gale as she wrapped up first Legion Nationals with a medal of every colour – including two gold. After securing gold and silver on Saturday, Gale got right back to work in the 200m on Sunday, capturing the half-lap race in a championship record 24.32 seconds. It was a tight victory for the soon to be high school sophomore as the race saw no less than four competitors dip under the old record of 24.53 set in 2013 by Zion Corrales-Nelson. Finishing eighth in the race was Sharelle Samuel, who crossed the line in 25.72 seconds. The duo would move up an age group and join forces with Colle Thompson and Caitlin Fischer to win bronze in the U18 girls 4x400m with a time of 3:52.20.

In the U18 girls hammer throw, Taylor Currier hurled her ball and chain out to a lifetime best of 54.16m to claim silver. Currier had entered the competition with a best of 52.93m. Also in the hammer, teammate Tanya Coulter put up a best effort of 51.51m. Coulter, who owns a best of 57.16m, had been battling an injury prior to the competition.

The final medal of day came from hurdler Austin White as the soon to be high school senior claimed bronze in the 400m hurdles in a time of 55.92 seconds. Sunday’s medal was the second straight for White in the intermediate hurdles after he captured bronze a year ago in Langley over 300m. The event distance was changed in 2015 in line with IAAF competition standards.

Other top ten finishers from Sunday included:

Shyvonne Roxborough – U18 Girls 200m – 24.32 (4th)
Graeme Ferguson – U16 Boys 1500m Steeplechase – 4:39.93 (5th)
Adrian Fournier – U16 Boys 800m – 2:05.74 (6th)
Holton Leo – U16 Boys 1500m Steeplechase – 4:42.75 (6th)
Jonathan Rioux – U16 Boys 800m – 2:05.99 (7th)
Austin White, Jonah Hayes-Crook, Ryan Salvino, Matthew Hickey – U18 Boys 4x400m – 3:31.12 (8th)
Thomas Saville – U18 Boys 2000m Steeplechase – 6:17.55 (9th)
Eric Mitchell – U18 Boys 200m – 22.80 (9th)
Caitlin Fischer – U18 Girls 400m Hurdles – 1:06.77 (9th)
Jenna Rossi – U16 Girls 800m – 2 :22.06 (10th)
Tanner Van Every – U18 Boys Triple Jump – 12.24m (10th)