Despite the unseasonably warm weather Lions athletes both past and present picked up seven medals Sunday at the annual Army Run.
Tommy Des Brisay, who competed at this summer’s IPC Championships over 5000m, finished 2nd overall in the half-marathon with a performance of 1 hour 13 minutes 50.2 seconds. Tommy’s time was nearly a minute and a half slower then his winning time for 2016. Finishing four places behind Des Brisay was Kyle Desormeaux in a time of 1:16:02.8.
In the women’s half marathon, Lion alum Dana Buchanan was a bronze medalist in 1:27:30.4. Buchanan, who competed collegiately for the Universities of Hawaii and Oregon is well placed across the club’s all-time list with performances in the 1500m, mile and 3000m steeplechase.
Over the 10 km course, the trio of Jay Sneddon, Zeena Rashid and Liz Maguire all stood on the medal podium. Sneddon was second across the line in the men’s race, finishing in a time of 35 minutes 10.9 seconds. The time was just over a minute off his lifetime best set this spring at the Vancouver Sun Run.
Rashid, a former Carleton Raven runner, and Maguire, a well decorated masters runner, took silver and bronze respectively in the women’s 10km. Rashid finished in 41 minutes 41.5 seconds, less than five seconds ahead of Maguire.
Serving a cross country season tune up for many Lion runners, the pride ran all over the top ten in both the men’s and women’s events. Leading the group was Alex Berhe who picked up a silver in 15 minutes 55.4 seconds after having been champion in both 2015 and 2016. Behre was one of 5 Lions to crack the top 10, with Nico Pedersen in 4th, Lucas Zanetti in 5th, Sebastian Saville in 6th and Joe Fast in 8th.
While not matching the men, the ladies did post 4 in the top 10 led by University of Ottawa freshman Keili Shephard and her silver medal performance. Shephard’s time of 18:35.5 was just nine seconds behind the winner. Also making the top 10 were Emma Riley (4th), Rebecca Brennan (7th) and Jenna Rossi (9th)