Brown claims first medal of championships

As the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships continued on Tuesday, para events as well as the senior combined events began, bringing the Ottawa Lions their first medal of the championship.

Blind athlete, Larissa Brown and her guide Andrew Heffernan won the club’s medal, a bronze in the para 200m. Brown’s time of 27.87 seconds was just three tenths of a second off her Canadian T12 record set at last year’s championship.

Following the Canadian Championships, the 19 year old Brown, along side Heffernan, will compete at the IPC World Junior Para Championships in Switzerland next month.

In the para wheelchair 200m, Rachael Burrows placed seventh in a seasonal best 44.64 seconds.

The U18 and U20 combined events culminated Tuesday, with brothers Jordan and Ryan Thomsen finishing seventh and eighth respectively. Jordan scored 5373 points while Ryan finished with 5265 after failing to clear a height in the pole vault.

In the senior category, Kaleigh Hole sits in 14th after 4 events of the heptathlon with a score of 3029 points.

After five events of the decathlon, Lions athletes sit 19th, 22nd and 24th in the 24 man field. Leading the pack is USports silver medalist Telvin Tavernier with a score of 3296 points.

Action continues Wednesday through Sunday at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility at Mooney’s Bay.

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