Lions excel on quiet weekend

It was a quieter week for the Lions on the competition front, but it certainly wasn’t without its standout performances.

For the second week in a row, Josh Cassidy completed a marathon, finishing 18th at the World Para Athletics Marathon Championships in London. The 34 year old Cassidy crossed the line in a time of 1:43:41 to finish 18th overall in the field. Cassidy, who spoke of issues adjusting to his new carbon fiber chair following the Boston Marathon last week continued to experience issues.

Speaking with Athletics Canada, Cassidy said, ““I felt fine during the race, in the front running until the halfway mark during the Tower Bridge climb, where I felt the new chair position set in most,” said Cassidy. “I need to make the necessary changes and move ahead.”

Back in North America, Keira Christie-Galloway posted the fastest all-conditions 100m hurdles time by a Lion since 2017 when she topped qualifying at the Drake Relays with a windy time of 13.09 seconds. Unfortunately, for Christie-Galloway the wind was just over the allowable limit at a positive 2.3 m/s. While the Iowa State Cyclone did not start the final of the 100m hurdles, she did help her team capture the seldom run shuttle hurdle relay in time of 56.56 seconds.

On the west coast, Tim Nedow took gold in the shot put at the Steve Scott Invite in Irvine, California. The Brockville native heaved the 16 pound ball out to a distance of 20.33 metres for a nearly three metre margin of victory. Also in Irvine, Lionel Muteba posted a speedy early season run of 10.59 seconds to finish seventh in the 100 metres.

Competing at home for her Colorado State Rams, Lauren Gale dropped her personal best over 400 metres for the second weekend in a row as she finished second in a time of 53.55 seconds. This mark moves Gale into third on the all-time club list, leap frogging Ashley Purnell. Gale also finished fourth in the 100 metres in a windy time of 11.98 seconds.