Medals and records highlight championship weekend

It was championship weekend across the continent with Lions athletes competing for conference titles in both U-Sport and NCAA competition. In total, athletes took up home 15 medals including three gold and an athlete of the meet award.

At the Quebec University Championships in Quebec City, Telvin Tavernier took a break from the seven event heptathlon to contest pole vault, 60m hurdles and long jump – winning a medal in each including gold in the vault. – on his way to claiming athlete of the meet honours.

Tavernier wasn’t the only triple medalist in Quebec as Seb Saville captured 600m gold in a new Carleton Ravens record 1:20.07 on the tight track at Laval. In addition to the individual success, Saville also led the 4 x 800m (silver) and 4 x 400m (bronze) teams to medals.

The final two Raven medals came from the short sprints as both Amelia Broham and Emmanuel Nwokobia each repeated as medalists in the 60m. Brohman fell down a notch to silver in 7.66 seconds after winning in 2015. Nwokobia won bronze for the second year in a row, again in school record time (7.07).

At the OUA Championships at York University, Gee Gee athletes picked up five medals to go with Ashley Connell’s gold and silver in the throws for the University of Guelph.

Connell, in her final year as a Gryphon, had won six OUA medals including silver in the shot put on Friday night, before Saturday morning’s weight throw competition. The Brockville native won the weight throw on her first attempt with a lifetime best equalling 17.75m heave. She quickly extended her lead to 17.96m in round two to confirm victory and move to number three in club history.

Also in the field, Steve Nkusi leapt to silver in the high jump. The clearance of 2.01m was a season best for the former Canadian Junior team member who has battled back from early season injuries. Nkusi now sits in the USport top ten and appears primed to return to the national championships.

It took a lifetime best to finally put fifth year senior Scott Hancock on the medal podium. The graduate student’s leap of 7.13m in the final round Friday narrowly edged out Waterloo’s Joerg Ahne for bronze. The performance moves him in to 10th on the club’s all-time list.

On the track, seniors Devyani Biswal and Charlotte Gardner both rose to the championship occassion. Between the prelims and finals, Biswal twice bettered her own school record set in winning last year’s CIS Championships. In the deepest hurdles race in OUA history, Biswal’s time of 8.35 was good enough for bronze.

For Gardner, a CIS medalist in 2013, her bronze in the 600m (1:31.69) on Saturday was her first individual OUA medal in her five year career. However, it wasn’t her only success of the weekend as she also led the women’s 4 x 800m team of Sophia Skorenky, Rebecca Brennan and Madison Clarke to bronze in the second fastest time in school history.