The field event athletes were delivering fast and furious on day one of Athletics Ontario Junior/Senior Championships at the University of Windsor picking up a total of 8 of the 14 medals won by Lions athletes.
An impressive four medals went to just the Nedow family as brothers Tim and Thomas each picked up a pair. Thomas started things off with a bronze in the junior men’s shot put with a personal best 16.07m, quickly followed by Tim’s seasonal best 20.73m for gold in the senior category.
Thomas would again finished in the bronze medal position in junior men’s discus with a best throw of 51.29m, just 12 centimetres of his lifetime best. Tim would repeat his gold medal performance, with a best toss of 59.59m to take the senior discus title by more than nine metres.
Tanya Coulter and Sultana Frizell combined to sweep the junior and senior women’s hammer throw titles. Coulter’s best throw of 49.97m was just good enough for gold in the Under 20 category, as the silver medalist was a mere 12 centimetres behind. Frizell, however, had a much more comfortable road to victory, as her 63.71m throw was nine and a half metres better than second.
Divya Biswal settled for silver in the senior women’s long jump after a well timed sixth round effort by Emily Omahen snatched victory away. However, Biswal’s windy leap of 6.05w metres was an all-conditions best. Barbara Bitchoka also won silver, sharing the distinction with the University of Toronto’s Danielle Delage after both ladies clear 1.65.
It was a blustery day on the track with many performances on the straightaway being above the legal 2.0 m/s limit. However, the wind didn’t stop Sekou Kaba from running away with the victory in the senior men’s 110m hurdles. The 2016 Olympian produced his best all-conditions time of the 2017 season, winning gold in 13.62w seconds.
Also in the sprint hurdles, Ashlea Maddex ran within a hair of her all-conditions best to cross the line in a time of 13.22w seconds for bronze in the senior women’s event. Teammate Devyani Biswal was 5th in 13.42w while Keira Christie-Galloway captured the junior women’s title in an all-conditions best of 13.45w.
The remaining medals on day one came from junior runner Sharelle Samuels, who placed second in the 400m with a time of 54.79 seconds, and the senior men and women’s 4x100m relays. Both relay teams captured gold, with the women posting an impressive time of 47.57 seconds. With the time, Charifa Labarang, Ashlea Maddex, Devyani Biswal, and Keira Christie-Galloway now move into third on the club’s all-time relay ranking.