Solid weekend for the Lions south of the border

It was a quieter weekend on the competition home front for the Lions with only a handful of athletes competing, but there were a few noteworthy performances.

For the second weekend in a row Jeremie Venne set a lifetime best, running 3 minutes 48.66 seconds for 1500m to finish fourth at the George Mason Invite in Virginia. Venne is in his senior year at St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. Maybe best recognized for helping guide Jason Dunkerley to IPC World Silver in 2017, Venne had also set a lifetime best in the 800m last weekend.

Up the coast in Connecticut, Sharelle Samuel set a seasonal best over 400 metres to win at the historic Harvard-Yale duel meet. The freshman’s time of 55.43 seconds was a step quicker than Yale’s Lillian Enes who was second. Samuel also turned in a seasonal best 25.31 second clocking over 200m.

On the other side of the continent, Divya Biswal claimed her third straight victory in the triple jump at the Triton Invitational in La Jolla, California. Undefeated in the event this year, Biswal bounded out to a best of 12.63 metres on her final attempt to secure the victory. Also in La Jolla, Tim Nedow pushed a16 pound steel ball out to a distance of 20.28 metres to finish second to the University of Arizona’s Jordan Geist.

Nedow’s younger brother Tommy was victorious in the discus at the Cole Lancon Conference Challenge at the University of Louisiana-Lafeyette. The sophomore transfer hurled the 2 kilogram platter out to a distance of 51.82 metres, just three centimetres off  his lifetime best. Nedow dominated the field winning by more than five metres. The Brockville native also finished fourth in the shot put with a best throw of 15.09 metres.