The opening session of the Canadian U20 and Senior Track and Field Championships saw 10 Lions athletes qualify on to semi-finals on the track or finals in the field.
Among the leading performances were hurdlers Tania Bambi and Alexia Lamothe who went 1-2 in the senior women’s 100m hurdles qualifying round. Both ladies now advance to Saturday night’s semi-final.
For Lamothe, today’s performance of 14.21 seconds was a seasonal best. The Carine Wilson grad has spent the better part of the past year and a half recovering from surgery, and looks primed to make a run at her lifetime best of 14.07 seconds set in 2014.
Also winning the qualifying round was Helena Jovic in the junior women’s 400m. Jovic, a multiple medalist at the OFSAA Championships last month, put forth a personal best effort of 57.12 seconds.
The only other personal best in qualifying came from 16 year old Ben Robinson. The Immaculata High School student ran 11.14 seconds to finish eighth in qualifying and earn his way in to tomorrow’s U20 semi-final. Robinson also advanced in the 200m.
Other qualifiers from this morning’s session include:
- Dillon Landon – U20 men’s 200m
- Joe Fast – U20 men’s 1500m
- Michael Mather – U20 Men’s 1500m
- Jecica Joseph – Open Women’s 400m
- Svetlana Martynova – Open Women’s 400m
- Gift Okankwu – Open Women’s 400m