At the New Balance Indoor Nationals in New York City last night, grade 11 student Shona McCulloch ran her way to a bronze medal with a time of 16:31.22 – 0.08 seconds faster than the previous Canadian Junior best set by Heather Petrick in 2014. WIth her new Canadian record, McCulloch becomes the second Lion to set a Canadian Junior indoor record on the famed Amory Track. Emma Galbraith set the 1000m standard there in 2013.
At the CIS Championships, Devyani Biswal, a fifth year student at the University of Ottawa, ran her way into the school record books twice en-route to winning her first Canadian University Championship in the 60m hurdles. A sizzling 8.40 second run in the final gave Biswal CIS gold. The time lowered her Gee Gee record of 8.44 seconds from her semi-final win.
In the field, Ashley Connell unleashed a massive fifth round throw in the shot put to jump into the silver position. Connell’s throw of 15.60m is a new school record for the University of Guelph student and also puts her fourth in club history – just two centimetres behind former Canadian Champion Melody Torcolacci. Also in the shot put, Leanna Garcia had a best throw of 13.27m to finish sixth.
In the men’s high jump, the dynamic duo of Steve Nkusi and Yvan Ntivumbura placed fifth and seventh respectively. Nkusi, the defending Canadian Junior Champion cleared 2.04m on his first attempt before missing his first jump at 2.07m before missing his final attempts at 2.10m. Ntivumbura on the other hand needed a third attempt to clear 2.01m before bowing out at 2.04m.