Speed River claims three more gold at national meet

OTTAWA – Speed River Track and Field Club members added six more medals to their haul, including three gold, Sunday on the final day of the Canadian championship meet at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.

Ashlan Best won the junior women’s 200 metres as she completed the race in 23.40 seconds to finish 1/10th of a second ahead of runner-up Kyra Constantine of Project Athletics. Speed River’s Shyvon Roxborough, the junior 100m champion, was third in 23.82 while clubmate Jenna Smith was eighth in 24.54.

Speed River also swept the two senior 4x100m relays.

Naomi Lance joined the three juniors – Best, Roxborough and Smith – to take the senior women’s relay in 45.99 seconds. They were almost two seconds faster than runner-up Winnipeg Optimist Athletics.

Mohamed Yassin, Kyle Thompson, Adam Lee and Graeme Thompson gave Speed River the senior men’s title as they completed a lap of the track in 41.46 seconds. Ottawa Lions were second at 42.20.

Laura Dickinson, who is to attend the University of Guelph and compete in cross country and track and field for the Gryphons starting in the fall, won the junior women’s 5,000 metres in 16:44.61. That’s a meet record time.

Speed River also had a pair of silver-medal performances Sunday.

Gregory MacNeill was second in the senior men’s 400m hurdles in 51.68 seconds. Unattached runner Kirema Macharia won in 51.30, a personal best.

Tiana LoStracco was runner-up in the junior women’s 800m as she completed the distance in 2:10.44 to finish just under ¾ of a second behind Jazz Shukla of the University of Toronto Track Club.

Sunday’s medals give Speed River six gold, four silver and three bronze at the national meet.

Also on the final day of the Canadian championships, Abbey Steeneveld of Speed River was fourth in the junior women’s 400m hurdles in 1:01.69.

Gabrielle Marton was fifth in the senior women’s high jump as she cleared 1.60 metres.

Senior women’s steeplechase champion Genevieve Lalonde finished fifth in the 1,500m in 4:15.48 while clubmate Katelyn Ayers was 11th in 4:23.98.

Josh Kellier was eighth in the senior men’s 1,500m in 3:49.98 and clubmate Mark Patton ninth in 3:50.07.

Abby Woods finished ninth in the junior women’s triple jump with a best leap of 11.23 metres.


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