Silver Lining for Lions Athletes

The domestic season came to a close this past weekend with a silver lining for Lauren Gale, Lindsay Brandys and Barbara Bitchoka as Lion athletes competed at both the Canadian Youth and Eastern Canada Espoir Championships.

Making their provincial team debuts, first year senior athletes Brandys and Bitchoka came to play at the Eastern Canada Espoir Championships in Moncton. After setting the top mark in qualifying for the 100m, Brandys dropped a seasonal best time of 12.05 seconds into a blistery 1.7 m/s headwind to finish second to Quebec’s Émy Béliveau. Brandys also picked up gold in the 4x100m relay, as Ontario won by a comfortable three and a half second margin.

In the high jump, Bitchoka produced her second best effort of the year, clearing 1.68m to finish in second. Teammate Arabella Alton took gold with a 1.74m clearance.

At the Canadian Youth Championships Lauren Gale picked up the sole medal for the Lions on the weekend with her silver in the 400m. The 16 year old crossed the line in a time of 55.33 seconds.

Other Lions with top eight finishes in Ste. Therese included:

Lauren Gale – U18 Girls 200m – 8th 25.58 w-2.0
Keegan Gaunt – U18 Girls 800m – 8th 2:17.42
Julia Maine, Keegan Gaunt, Olivia Crewe, Carlee Townend – U18 Girls 4x400m – 7th 4:10.18
Caroline Poirier – U18 Girls Pole Vault – 8th 3.00m
Ben Robinson – U16 Boys 100m – 8th 12.09 w-3.0
Ben Robinson – U16 Boys 200m – 5th 23.93 w-3.6
Alex Pope – U16 Boys 300m – 8th 37.03
Joe Fast – U16 Boys 800m – 5th 2:02.85
Joe Fast – U16 Boys 1200m – 7th 3:18.86
Wariso Dullo – U18 Boys Javelin – 5th 53.17