Emily Goodwin | Editor-in-Chief
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The Lions track & field team traveled to the University of Toronto this past Saturday to compete in the Sharon Anderson meet. Despite it being early in the season, the Lions recorded 19 season’s best performances and 11 new personal bests were set.
There were standout performances in the women’s horizontal jumps. Leah Jones, the defending OUA bronze medalist in long jump, qualified for U Sports championships with her jump of 5.98m. She won this weekend’s event and is now ranked fifth on the all-time Lions list.
In the triple jump, teammate Olivia Henry also recorded a new personal best of 11.72m, finishing second at this meet and sending her into fifth place in the country in the event. Henry is also ranked seventh nationally in the long jump after claiming bronze on Saturday.
Rookie Lion Holly Taylor won herself a pair of gold medals in the shot put and weight throw. Samantha Henneberry claimed the silver medal in the high jump, rounding out the podium finishes in the women’s field events.
On the track, Heniesha Christie claimed silver in the 60m hurdles. Diana Boa and Simone Da Silva took home bronze medals in the 60m and 300m, respectively, while Zakiya Tavernier took home finished first in the 300m.
On the men’s side, Abdiaziz Ali crossed the line first in the 1000m. In the field, Michael Miglietta and Placide Ilunga both finished first in the long jump and triple jump respectively. Tim Sirisombath claimed silver in the triple jump.
Next weekend the team will travel to Windsor to participate in the Windsor Lancers’ annual Can Am meet. After two more weekends on the road, the Lions will return home to host the York Open on January 31 and February 1.