As the indoor season rounds into full swing Lions athletes are showing the hours of hard work last fall are paying off with no less than seven all-time top ten club performances taking place last weekend.
The bulk of the performances came from New York City where a small but talented group were competing in the Dr. Sander Invitational at the famous Armory. University of Ottawa freshman hurdler Keira Christie-Galloway sped to her second personal best in a matter of weeks, posting a 8.41 second clocking in the 60m hurdle event to take second. also in the final were teammates Devyani Biswal (8.43 – 4th) and Tania Bambi (8.76 – 8th)
Also on the infield straightaway, sprinter Lionel Muteba cracked the all-time 60m list with a 6.81 second performance to take victory. Muteba is now in a three way tie for seventh best in club history with Alamou Souhalia and Moussa Sissoko.
As always, New York presented the opportunity to compete in the seldom run in Canada, 500m event with no less than three Lions joining the best in club history. Coming off a lifetime best performance the week before over 600m, Stephen Evans placed 7th in the event with a time of 1:04.64 to move into 4th all-time. On the women’s side, Sophia Skorenky improved her position, jumping from seventh to sixth with her 1:15.28 clocking and Mary Ollier sneaking into tenth position with a time of 1:17.55.
Further south, at the Razorback Invite in Fayetville, Arkansas Erinn Stenman-Fahey posted a new lifetime best performance over 800m, running 2:06.33 to finish seventh. The performance now ranks the Iowa State junior 14th among NCAA Division 1 runners and comes just a week after she ran a personal best 4:49.63 to move into 6th on the club’s all-time list in the mile.
Also moving up the all-time list was Thomas Nedow as he hurled the 35 pound weight out to 14.83m for the third best performance in club history. The University of Guelph freshman has done well in his rookie season with the senior implements as he has also fifth among the shot putters.
The top of the shot put list still belongs to Thomas’ older brother Tim who was victorious Saturday at the Findlay Elite Throws competition in Ohio. Tim’s best heave of 20.37m was nearly two and a half meters better than his nearest competitor and would appear to show he is rounding in to shape for another run at the Commonwealth Games podium in April.
To see the all-time list check out our awards and records page.