Two Gold to Start Championship Weekendi

It’s conference championship weekend across North America, and Lions athletes kicked things off Friday with two golds, a silver and two bronze.

Highlighting the list of accomplishments on Friday was Devyani Biswal, a fifth year math and economics student, who shaved nearly a tenth of a second off her personal best to take the OUA 60m hurdle title in 8.45 seconds. With her time, Biswal cemented her place in the upcoming Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championship in two weeks as well as bested Ashlea Maddex’s previous University of Ottawa record of 8.49 set in 2011.

Competing in the Quebec University Championships, Amelia Brohman of Carleton University picked up the first conference gold in school history as she won the 60m in 7.63 seconds. She wasn’t the only speedster to get on the podium as Emmanuel Nwokobia picked up bronze in the men’s race in 7.15 seconds.

Also at the Quebec Championships in Montreal, Telvin Tavernier kicked things off with a bang, clearing 4.50 metres in the pole vault for silver. To make things more impressive, the performance came after the fourth year engineering student completed the first four events of the heptathlon. Telvin currently sits in 3rd, but will look to pick up valuable points in the pole vault.

The final medal of the day came from shot putter Ashley Connell. Competing for the University of Guelph, Connell managed to launch the 4kg ball out to 14.75m to finish in third. Fellow Lion, Leanna Garcia of the University of Windsor used a final round personal best of 13.54m to finish 6th overall.

Qualifying performances:

Erinn Stenman-Fahey qualifies for Big 12 800m final with time of 2:10.11.

Adam Palamar qualifies for final by winning his heat of the mile in 4:11.91 at the ACC Championship.

Lindsay Brandys ran 7.72 seconds in 60m heats at the OUA Championships to qualify 6th to the semi-final.

Final Performances

Katie Phillips finishes 4th over 3000m in 10:03.16 while Chelsea Gillies finishes 6th over 1000m in 2:52.54.

Jacob Powrie and Scott Hancock finish 6th and 7th respectively in the 60m hurdle final. Hancock also finished 8th in the men’s long jump final.