More Gees action coming up in day two and three

The University of Ottawa Track and Field team will be participating in the U Sports National Championship from March 8 to 10, coming into the meet with 12 athletes. The Men previously finished seventh at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships, while the Women finished sixth, and are now ranked 10th nationally.

The Gees will sport two athletes for the first time in the shot put and weight throw individual events at the national level. Ty Coulter, the program record holder was the first Gee-Gee to compete, placing seventh in a competitive weight throw event. Coulter’s best throw of the day came in at 15.09 metres long, slightly off a silver medal performance at the OUA Championships and record throw of the year at 15.87 metres.

Tolu Makinde entered day one coming off a silver medal performance at the OUA Championship and started off on the right foot with a seasonal best 7.09 in the 60m dash. However, he suffered a huge blow by not landing a jump without a fault to gather zero points in that event and now sits at 11th place.

Stephen Evans was a shining light on day one, qualifying for the 600m final, looking to build on his 11th place finish last year. He ended up in fifth place, qualifying with a time of 120.12. He will run in the final this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Maeliss Trapeau fell just short of qualifying for the Women’s 600m final in her first time at nationals with a time of 131.27, which was good enough for seventh. Madison Clarke returned to the National Championship, but did not qualify with a time of 131.94, putting her at ninth.

Day two of the U Sports 2018 Track and Field Championships will feature more great Gee-Gees action. Makinde’s heptathlon performance will come to an end, Christina Hertner will throw shot put, and Kiera Christie-Galloway will look to stay on the podium after a silver medal at the OUA’s, while the first of two Gee-Gees relay teams will compete in the Women’s 4×800 relay team.

The Gee-Gees will look to add to the U of O’s U Sports medal count for this year after the Women’s rugby gold medal and medals by Davide Casarin and Montana Champagne in swimming.