Samuel and Christie-Galloway medal at area championships

Sharelle Samuel and Keira Christie-Galloway each had an extra item to declare on their customs forms as they returned from a weekend of international competition.

The 17 year old Samuel won a silver medal in the 400m hurdles at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, Bahamas. It took a lifetime best performance of 59.59 seconds to find her way on to the podium, where she missed out on gold by less than two tenths of second. The performance was also the fourth best in club history.

The Ashbury student was also a finalist over 400m, finishing fourth in 54.51.

Samuel almost secured the elusive gold when her mixed 4x400m relay team crossed the line in first place. However, the team was later disqualified after the final runner began before the acceleration zone according to team manager Scott MacDonald.

At the Pan American Junior Championships, Keira Christie-Galloway and the rest of team Canada’s 4x100m team picked up a bronze behind the United States and Jamaica. Lions alum, Shyvonne Roxborough was also a member of the medal winning team.

In her specialty, 100m hurdles, Christie-Galloway finished sixth in a time of 13.68 seconds. The performance was a seasonal best and just 0.04 seconds off the Glebe Collegiate graduate’s lifetime best.