Six more Lions advance to Championship section on Run Ottawa Distance Night

Six more Lions advanced to run, jump or throw another day on Run Ottawa Distance Night.

Pole vaulter Julia Maine was the first to secure her place in the championship section of the Canadian Track and Field Championships last night, clearing a height of 3.10m. The clearance equaled her personal best set last month at the OFSAA Championships and secured the single qualifying position in the U20 event.

Also in the field, hammer thrower Leanna Garcia spun her ball and chain out to 45.18m to nab the fifth and final qualifying spot for Saturday night’s final. She will be joined in the final by Canadian record holder Sultana Frizell.

On the track, three Lions athletes ran their way in to Friday night’s semi-finals of the 800m. Leading the charge was Erinn Stenman-Fahey, who was the top qualifier in the women’s section with a time of 2:08.57. She will be joined by teammate Charlotte Gardner who was third across the line in 2:09.88.

In the men’s section, Stephen Evans posted a time of 1:54.39 to qualify 10th overall. Evans will looking the ultimate birthday present in Friday’s semi-final – a spot in Saturday’s final.

Lions athletes were victorious in the exhibition masters events Thursday night as Wendy Alexis took the women’s 100m in a windy 13.90 seconds while Liz Maguire captured the women’s 1500m event in 5:05.60.

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