12 more medals for Lions on final two days of OFSAA Championship

As another OFSAA Championship came and went this weekend, one thing that could be said about the performance Lions athletes is – they are really good at running over hurdles. The finally medal tally for the Club was 13 medals, including 6 gold. All but four of those medals came in an event with barriers.

The duo of Kevin Robertson and Will Cox were the first to rise above the barriers as they went 1-3 in the open boys 2000 metre steeplechase. Robertson dominated the event almost from the gun as he methodically put metres between him and the field lap after lap. The culmination was a nearly 50 metre margin of victory from the grade 12 Bell runner as his winning time of 5:47.55 was the fastest since 2016. Training partner Will Cox of Colonel By took the bronze in a personal best 5:56.97. Robertson nearly managed a second medal in the senior boys 3000 metres, falling a half second short of bronze as he was fourth in 8:36.37.

Luca Nicoletti entered this year’s OFSAA Championship with a strong resume that included two meet records over the 100 and 300 metre hurdles at the previous week’s regional championships. The grade 9 student at Paul Desmarais followed that up gold in the sprint event and silver in the intermediate hurdles. Nicolletti narrowly took the crown in the 100 metre hurdles in 13.69 seconds as he smashed hurdles seven and nine fairly hard, but still managed to finished a hundredth of a second ahead of second place. He followed that up the next day with a massive personal best of 39.47 seconds over the 300 metre hurdles. The time bettered the previous OFSAA record, but so did Ryder King who took the event in 39.24 seconds. Rounding out the podium was Nicoletti’s training partner Andile Mabaleka who won bronze in a personal best 41.28 seconds.

The success in the midget boys intermediate hurdles was just the tip of the iceberg for the Lions in the event as Leewinchel Jean, Helena Jovic and Keito Newman also brought home some hardware. Jean and Jovic swept the senior 400 metre hurdle events in very different fashion. Jean, a grade 12 student at Giselle Lalonde, was the class of his field as his personal best time of 52.95 illustrates. The mark is the top performance by a Canadian under the age of 20 this year and will qualify him Jean to represent Canada at this summer’s Pan American U20 Championships in Costa Rica. He will be joined by Jovic, who’s never give up attitude was rewarded with a gold medal and massive personal best as she cracked the 60 second barrier for the first time ever. The John McRae student came off hurdle 10 a few steps back of Sandwich Secondary’s Karlie Moore and was able to find the narrowest of openings to pass Moore in the final centimetres of the race. Newman, who narrowly missed out on a spot in Friday’s 100m hurdle final, found some retribution over the 300 metre race. The Glebe student ran a significant personal best time of 39.59 seconds to place second to Mark Skerl of Cardinal Newman.

Rounding out the medals on the track was Mattson Strickler as she took silver in the junior girls 400 metres. The St. Joesph’s student ran back to back personal bests in the heats and finals culminating in a fantastic time of 56.38 seconds. In all, Strickler took a massive two and a half seconds off her personal best from East Regionals the week before.

In the field, St. Peter’s Vienna Courteau also jumped on the “PB train” as she popped off a lifetime best leap of 5.36 metres in the fourth round to claim gold in the junior girls long jump. To show it was no fluke, she leapt to 5.30 metres in round five and looked to go even further in the sixth and final round, but fell victim to a narrow foot fault. However, the field was not able to retaliate and Courteau was rewarded with her first OFSAA Championship.

The final two medals came from shot putters Brandon Ovington and Brianna Asiamah. Ovington, a student at West Carleton Secondary School used some last round heroics to capture silver in the senior boy’s event. Sitting in third heading into the final round with a best of 16.86 metres, Ovington unleashed a bomb of a throw that touched down at 18.20 metres to secure the silver. The throw was the farthest by a Lion athlete since the 2000 OFSAA Championships when Brian MacPhee also picked up a silver medal with a throw of 18.35 metres. Asiamah also unleashed a sixth round personal best to secure her medal. The Holy Trinity student cracked the 12 metre barrier for the first time with her 12.09 metre throw to finish third.

For complete Lions results from OFSAA, please consult the list below:

Midget Boys Luca Nicoletti Paul-Desmarais 100mH GOLD – 13.69
Junior Girls Vienna Courteau St. Peter Long Jump GOLD – 5.36m
Senior Boys Kevin Robertson Bell 2000mSC GOLD – 5:47.55
Senior Boys Leewinchell Jean Giselle Lalonde 400mH GOLD – 52.95
Senior Boys Wariso Dullo Gloucester Javelin GOLD – 57.94
Senior Girls Helena Jovic John McRae 400mH GOLD – 59.97
Senior Boys Brandon Ovington West Carleton Shot Put SILVER – 18.30m
Midget Boys Luca Nicoletti Paul-Desmarais 300mH SILVER – 39.47
Junior Boys Keito Newman Glebe 300mH SILVER – 39.59
Junior Girls Mattson Strickler St. Joseph 400m SILVER – 56.38
Senior Girls Brianna Asiamah Holy Trinity Shot Put BRONZE – 12.09m
Midget Boys Andile Mabaleka Ashbury 300mH BRONZE – 41.28
Senior Boys Will Cox Colonel By 2000mSC BRONZE – 5:56.97
Senior Boys Kevin Robertson Bell 3000m 4th – 8:36.37
Midget Boys Andile Mabaleka Ashbury 100mH 5th – 13.79
Midget Boys Yannick Meredith De La Salle 800m 5th – 2:02.52
Senior Boys Joe Fast Ridgemont 1500m 5th – 3:56.56
Senior Boys Brandon Ovington West Carleton Discus 5th – 49.39m
Junior Girls Audrey Gilmour De La Salle 400m 5th – 57.78
Senior Girls Madison Maclean St. Pius X Shot Put 6th – 11.12m
Junior Boys Liam Lemery Embrun 800m 6th – 2:03.44
Junior Girls Chloe Maine Glebe Pole Vault 6th – 3.05m
Senior Boys Jesus Bustillos Ottawa Victory Pole Vault 6th – 3.95m
Junior Girls Zoe Gardiner Glebe 1500m 6th – 4:42.37
Midget Boys Yannick Meredith De La Salle 400m 6th – 51.75
Senior Girls Skye Pellerin St. Francis Xavier 2000mSC 6th – 7:15.91
Senior Girls Erin Sweeney Opeongo Shot Put 7th – 11.03m
Senior Boys Joshua Foster Longfields Davidson Triple Jump 7th – 13.81m
Senior Boys David Adeleye Ashbury 110mH 8th – 16.20
Senior Girls Helena Jovic John McRae 400m 8th – 56.68
Junior Boys Reggie Bruno Immaculata HighJump 9th – 1.80m
Junior Girls Katie Manor Paul-Desmarais 100m 9th – 12.48
Junior Boys Keito Newman Glebe 100mH 9th – 14.44
Junior Girls Amelia Wojtyk Lisgar Pole Vault 9th – 2.90m
Junior Girls Zoe Gardiner Glebe 800m 9th – 2:22.00
Senior Girls Madison Maclean St. Pius X Javelin 9th – 36.62m
Junior Girls Zoe Gardiner Glebe 4x100m 9th – 51.29
Junior Girls Ella Gilbert Paul-Desmarais 4x100m 9th – 51.56
Junior Girls Jalena Marelic Paul-Desmarais 4x100m 9th – 51.56
Junior Girls Katie Manor Paul-Desmarais 4x100m 9th – 51.56
Junior Boys Dani Hassan Nepean 100m 10th – 11.30
Midget Boys Luca Nicoletti Paul-Desmarais 100m 10th – 11.40
Junior Boys Matthew Needham Perth 100mH 10th – 14.56
Junior Girls Ellie Munro Nepean 200m 10th – 25.90
Senior Girls Paulina Procyk Nepean 100m 11th – 12.38
Senior Boys Leewinchell Jean Giselle Lalonde 110mH 11th – 14.77w
Midget Boys Charles Asselin De La Salle 4x100m 11th – 46.26
Midget Boys Yannick Meredith De La Salle 4x100m 11th – 46.26
Midget Girls Emily Brennan Sacred Heart 400m 12th – 1:00.57
Senior Girls Katie Newlove St. Peter 3000m 12th – 10:32.37
Senior Girls Paulina Procyk Nepean 200m 12th – 25.95
Senior Girls Doyin Ogunremi Redeemer Christian 400m 12th – 58.24
Senior Girls Eleni Pantieras Colonel By Pole Vault 13th – 2.90m
Midget Girls Emily Brennan Sacred Heart 300mH 13th – 49.47
Senior Girls Emma Dobson Takoff Sir Robert Borden Triple Jump 14th – 10.58m
Senior Girls Skye Pellerin St. Francis Xavier 3000m 14th – 10:36.62
Junior Girls Ellie Munro Nepean 100m 14th – 12.62
Midget Girls Eleanor Hall Smith Falls 80mH 14th – 12.83w
Midget Boys Thomas Kukla Colby Nepean 400m 14th – 53.40
Senior Boys Joe Fast Ridgemont 3000m 14th – 8:59.93
Midget Boys Kyle Porter Sir Robert Borden 3000m 14th – 9:58.63
Junior Girls Vienna Courteau St. Peter 80mH 15th – 12.43w
Midget Girls Charlotte Murchison Mother Theresa 800m 15th – 2:28.43
Senior Boys Joshua Foster Longfields Davidson Long Jump 15th – 6.09m
Junior Girls Audrey Gilmour De La Salle 100m 16th – 12.69
Midget Boys Jack Link North Dundas 1500m 16th – 4:27.20
Junior Boys Alexander Cholmsky Colonel By 4x100m 16th – 45.86
Senior Boys Zach Meredith De La Salle 800m 17th – 1:59.51
Senior Girls Caitlin McMann Longfields Davidson 4x400m 17th – 4:14.36
Midget Girls Cassidy Bradley Longfields Davidson 4x400m 17th – 4:14.36
Midget Boys Manuel Fernandez Paul-Desmarais 1500m 17th – 4:27.88
Senior Girls Olivia Macaskill Earl of March 1500m 18th – 4:54.03
Junior Girls Samantha Wiseberg Earl of March 300mH 18th – 49.71
Junior Boys Keaton McGrath Arnprior 800m 19th – 2:07.00
Junior Boys Reggie Bruno Immaculata Long Jump 19th – 5.57m
Midget Girls Gillian Porter Franco Cite 800m 20th – 2:30.42
Junior Boys Dani Hassan Nepean 200m 20th – 24.02
Junior Boys Donovan Tran Glebe 100m 21st – 11.80
Junior Boys Sam Robinson Immaculata 200m 21st – 24.06
Midget Girls Gillian Porter Franco Cite 1500m 21st – 5:13.61
Midget Girls Samantha Sharp Colonel By 400m 22nd – 1:04.25
Junior Girls Ellie Munro Nepean 4x400m 22nd – 4:25.80
Senior Girls Paulina Procyk Nepean 4x400m 22nd – 4:25.80
Junior Boys Dani Hassan Nepean 4x100m 22nd – 48.34
Midget Boys Thomas Kukla Colby Nepean JR 4x100m 22nd – 48.34
Midget Girls Eleanor Hall Smith Falls Triple Jump 23rd – 9.52m