TORONTO – On the first day of the OUA Track and Field championships at York University (Friday), Lakehead University athletes captured a silver medal over the weekend, which was a whisker away from being a golden one in the men’s 1000m race. Alastair Brown placed 2nd with a time of 2:25.92. by running a patient race gradually moving up towards the front before taking the lead with one lap to go and pulling away from the field. He was still in the lead down the homestretch but just got nipped at the line – finishing 2nd by only 0.05s.
In other action, Tess Naroski and Hilary Quirion finished first and second in the slower heat and 10th and 12th overall in the women’s 3000m. Both Tess and Hilary ran with the lead pack until 2000m when Tess really increased the pace and blew away from the field finishing in a big new PB (personal best) of 10:18.91. Hilary battled hard over the last km to also finish with a new personal best time of 10:29.08.
On the second day (Saturday), Lakehead continued to run strong races, with several PB’s amongst the team members, which included:
– Vanessa Ivec – 14th women’s 600m in 1:38.93 (personal best)
– Tess Naroski – 11th in the women’s 1500m in a big PB of 4:44.34
– Dalton Rismay – 19th in the Men’s 1500m in a time of 4:06.96
– Alatair Brown – 5th in the men’s 1500m in 3:52.43
LU coach Kip Sigsworth stated, “Overall it was a great meet for us. I was really happy how the athletes rose to the level of competition and had their best races of the season. Overall 5 of our seven athletes ran at least one personal best this weekend. Tess Naroski had a great meet setting two huge personal bests and winning the slower sections of both the 1500m and 3000m. Alastair Brown proved that he is one of the elite guys in OUA middle distance running earning a silver medal in the 1000m and a hard fought 5th in the 1500m.”
Alastair races in two weeks at the CIS meet in Sherebrooke.