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Impressive indoor results from U Sports 2020

The rundown from the first two days of U Sports competition

The first two days of the U Sports Track and Field Championships are down, with one day to go. After two days of competition, both the Guelph men and women are poised to reclaim their national titles. It’s been an exciting two days of action, with several upsets and lots of triumphs. Here’s a look at Thursday and Friday’s results.

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The 600m

Hudson Grimshaw-Surette of Dalhousie, one of the favourites to win the men’s 600m, didn’t make Saturday’s final. Upsets happen at championships, and this certainly qualifies as one. In the women’s race, Amy Stieh of Lakehead ran a particularly great race to land herself as the last qualifier for the Saturday final.

The finals will include:

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Madison Clarke, Ottawa Gee-Gees
Jade Bouchard-Nguyen, Montréal Carabins
Jenna Smith, Guelph Gryphons
Olivia Cooper, Alberta
Sadie-Jane Hickson, Guelph Gryphons
Maeliss Trapeau, Ottawa Gee-Gees
Amy Stieh, Lakehead

Levar Russell, York Lions
Brendan Calef, Alberta
Vaughn Taylor, Victoria Vikes
Jack Berkshire, Toronto
Joshua Lorentz, Waterloo Warriors
Sajjan Sarai, Victoria Vikes
David Gendreau-Fillon, Laval Rouge-et-Or
Brent Stephen, Calgary Dinos

The 60m

The 60m was the Guelph show with Andre Azonwanna taking the win in the men’s race. He was joined on top of the podium by fellow Gryphon, Shyvonne Roxborough, who just edged out teammate Jacqueline Madogo for the gold.

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🚨USPORTS🚨 @CARABINS Hier les relais 4x200m homme et femme ont livré une performance enlevante sur la piste d'Edmonton. Regard sur le profil de nos athlètes de 🔥! Relais 4x200m FEMME➡️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️ 1) Audrey Jackson, médecine : déterminée, fonceuse 2 Élodie Baulu, éducation physique: loyale, passionnée 3) Élisabeth Dubé(Liz Beth), éducation physique: énergique, meneuse 4)Harmine Christina Leo (Harmine RL), médecine: audacieuse, inspirée sub: Catherine Naoum, génie chimique: réfléchie, résiliente PERFOMANCE⏱: meilleure course de la saison pour nos relayeuses de vitesse cette saison avec un chrono 1:43.20, convertie sur une piste plate à 1:41.77 👌 Relais 4x200m HOMME➡️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️🏃‍♂️ 1) Thomas Côté, Kinésiologie: combatif, sympathique 2)Taylor Renelique, HEC: charismatique, minutieux 3) Youssef Hilout Mehdi Maazami, kinésiologie: humble, ouvert 4) Azer Khelifa, HEC: discipliné, engagé sub: Félix Bellemare, Pharmacie: enthousiaste, lucide PERFORMANCE⏱: un chrono de 1:30.63 converti à 1:28.42 sur une piste plate clôt la saison honorablement. ALLEZ LES BLEUS !🔵🔵 . . #Carabins #AthlétismeUdeM #USports #TheBest

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The 1,000m

In the women’s 1,000m, Lucia Stafford predictably won the race in 2:42.58, second place went to Guelph’s Sadie-Jane Hickson in 2:43.22 and third place to Toronto’s Avery Garrett-Patterson in 2:44.86.

The men’s race saw an expected win for Calgary’s Eric Lutz, who dominated the field, taking the title in 2:23.35. Second place went to David Gendreau-Fillon of Laval in 2:25.31 and third place to Robert Chauvet of Alberta in 2:25.56.

The 3,000m

Laval’s Jessy Lacourse and Jean-Simon Desgagnes handily won the men’s and women’s 3,000m races, once again proving that the Rouge et Or show up when it counts.

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Belle fin de semaine pour le Rouge et Or et le club d’athlétisme de l’Université Laval. Plusieurs athlètes étaient en action au BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational à Boston ainsi qu’au Ravens U-Sport Last Chance à Ottawa. Chez les universitaires femmes, Ivonne Coulibaly s’est démarquée en éclatant le record Rouge et Or au lancer du poids tout en remportant la compétition avec un jet de 13m66. Cette performance la classe provisoirement au 4e rang du classement canadien. Chez les universitaires hommes, Jean-Simon Desgagnés s’est illustré au 3000m en effectuant un record du Québec et un record Rouge et Or avec un chrono de 7:53.21. Cette performance le classe premier au pays. Autres belles performances universitaires : ➡️Audrey Leduc : 60m – 7.45 ➡️Émy Béliveau : 60m – 7.54 ➡️Raphaël Giguère : 1000m – 2:25.99 ➡️Jessy Lacourse : 3000m – 9:17.07 ➡️Catherine Beauchemin : 3000m – 9:31.49 ➡️Isabelle Turcotte : 3000m – 9:47.27. ………………………………………………………………….Chez les athlètes civils, Olivier Desmeules (1:49.70) et Vincent Duguay (1:50.01) se sont démarqués au 800m à Boston. En effet, ces performances les classent respectivement au 2e et au 3e rang du classement québécois de tous les temps au 800m en salle. . Autres belles performances civiles : . ➡️Benoit Didier : 1000m – 2:26.59. . ➡️Thomas Fafard : 3000m – 7:56.99

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Second place in the women’s race went to Lizzy Laurie of Laurier in 9:38.17 and third place to Kara Blair of Queen’s in a very close 9:38.18. In the men’s results, Matthew Travaglini of the Dinos secured second in 8:15.41 and third place went to Brandon Vail of Victoria in 8:16.03.

The 300m

Finally, in 300m action, the men’s race was a fast one with Philip Osei taking the win in 33.16, just shy of Austin Cole’s U Sports record (32.89). Second place went to Saskatchewan’s Karson Lehner in 33.31 and third place to Guelph’s Daniel Harper in 33.57.

In the women’s results, Guelph’s Zoe Sherar was a mere 0.12s off of the U Sports record, winning in 37.47, a full second ahead of second place Audrey Jackson of Montreal who ran 38.68. Third place went to Morgan Byng of Guelph in 38.76.

Stay tuned for a full report on Saturday’s action. On the docket is the 600m, 1,500m and 4x400m finals. Full results can be found here.