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Roy, O’Connor win events; Generals finish second at ODAC Championship – Washington and Lee University

Roy, O'Connor win events; Generals finish second at ODAC Championship - Washington and Lee University

LYNCHBURG, Va. – Senior Joe O’Connor (Henrico, Va. / Douglas Freeman) and sophomore Adam Roy (Bedford, N.H. / Bedford) posted one win each on the second day of the 2022 ODAC Outdoor Championship, as the Washington and Lee men’s track & field team finished second.
Highlights from the meet:
-O’Connor’s win came in the pole vault at a mark of 4.85m (15’11.00″), and he also added a fourth-place finish in the 110m hurdles (15.65). Roy’s win came in the javelin (51.43m [[168’8″]).
-First-year Connor Lehman (Weston, Mass. / Weston) and sophomore Mark Waller (Mountain Brook, Ala. / Mountain Brook) came in next for the Generals with a second-place effort and personal record each. Lehman’s new high mark came in the javelin (49.24m [161’6″]) and Waller’s came in the 400m hurdles (55.57).
-First-year Jaylen Day (Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. / Harve de Grace), junior Doug Dracon (Matthews, N.C. / Weddington) and first-year Luke Avigliano (Madison, N.J. / Seton Hall Prep) rounded out the Top 3 finishers for the Generals. Day placed third in the 110m hurdles (15.50), Dracon was third in the 400m (48.93) and Avigliano took third in the 800m (1:54.32).
Top 8 Finishes (Scoring Places):
Joe O’Connor – 1st place pole vault (4.85m [15’11.00″]); 4th place 110m hurdles (15.65)
Adam Roy – 1st place javelin (51.43m [168’8″])
Connor Lehman – 2nd place javelin (49.24m [161’6″])
Mark Waller – 2nd place 400m hurdles (55.57)
Jaylen Day – 3rd place 110m hurdles (15.50)
Doug Dracon – 3rd place 400m (48.93)
Luke Avigliano – 3rd place 800m (1:54.32)
James Dixon – 4th place 800m (1:54.86)
-Marable, Avigliano, Moore, Dixon – 4th place 4x400m relay (3:23.29)
George Marable – 5th place 400m hurdles (56.34)
Ryan McKenna – 6th place 400m hurdles (56.65)
Hayden Roberts – 7th place 1,500m (4:00.80)
Zach Moore – 7th place 800m (1:56.81)
Row Sterne – 7th place 5,000m (15:30.76)
Evan Novak – 7th place javelin (43.21m [141’9″]); 8th place discus (39.20m [128’7″])
Isaac Barber – 7th place triple jump (13.06m [42’10.25″])
Josh Fingerhut – 8th place 1,500m (4:01.59)
Connor Verrett – 8th place 5,000m (15:32.70)
Personal Bests:
Connor Lehman – javelin (49.24m [161’6″])
Mark Waller – 400m hurdles (55.57)
Jaylen Day – 110m hurdles (15.50)
Doug Dracon – 400m (48.93)
Luke Avigliano – 800m (1:54.32)
James Dixon – 800m (1:54.86)
George Marable – 400m hurdles (56.34)
Ryan McKenna – 400m hurdles (56.65)
Hayden Roberts – 1,500m (4:00.80)
Row Sterne – 5,000m (15:30.76)
Evan Novak – javelin (43.21m [141’9″])
Josh Fingerhut – 1,500m (4:01.59)
Jake Symonds – 1,500m (4:02.30)
Thomas Kallen – 1,500m (4:09.06)
Stevan Bajski – javelin (39.20m [128’7″])
Team Scores:
1. Lynchburg – 202 points
2. Washington and Lee – 123 points
3. Bridgewater – 122 points
4. Shenandoah – 97 points
5. Eastern Mennonite – 74 points
6. Roanoke – 65 points
7. Virginia Wesleyan – 51 points
8. Ferrum – 35 points
9. Randolph – 10 points

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Tigers Win Five Events to Finish Ole Miss Classic – University of Missouri Athletics

Tigers Win Five Events to Finish Ole Miss Classic - University of Missouri Athletics

COLUMBIA, Mo. — University of Missouri track and field wrapped a busy weekend of competition at Texas Relays and the Ole Miss Classic on Saturday. Four student-athletes took five event titles in Oxford.


The men’s and women’s javelin competitors set the tone for the Tigers at the Ole Miss Classic.

Ava Curry (Liberty, Mo.) won the women’s javelin with a throw of 51.13m (167-9), No. 4 all-time at Mizzou. Sophia Rivera (Brentwood, Mo.) placed second behind Curry with a throw of 49.88m (163-7). All seven Tigers that competed in the women’s javelin finished in the top 10. Jason Edwards (Eldon, Mo.) finished third in the men’s with a throw of 57.56m (188-10).

Three Tigers placed in the top four of the men’s discus. Mitchell Weber (Saint Clair, Minn.) won with a throw of 57.67m (189-2) followed by Rece Rowan (Colorado Springs, Co.) who placed third (53.11m, 174-3) and Jason Petko (Cary, Ill.) who placed fourth (52.43m, 172-0).

Jayson Ashford (Fairview Heights, Ill.) won the 200m (21.01) and 400m (47.27). Mikayla Reed (Washington, Mo.) and Ginger Murnieks (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) placed first (9:49.74 PR) and second (9:51.33) in the women’s 3,000m, respectively.


The Tigers have the next weekend off as they prepare for the John McDonnell Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., on April 8-9. 


Ole Miss Classic

Javelin (W)Ava Curry, first, 51.13m (167-9) PR // Sophia Rivera, second, 49.88m (163-7) // Taylor Ciccolini, fourth, 45.25m (148-5) // Erin Zimmerman, fifth, 44.63m (146-5) // Atina Kamasi, sixth, 44.55m (146-2) // Kaesha George, ninth, 41.14m (134-11) // Blair Widmer, 10th, 40.68m (133-5) PR

Javelin (M)Jason Edwards, third, 57.56m (188-10) // Aaron Hoffman, ninth, 48.65m (159-7)

Shot Put (W)Emily Stauffer, sixth, 15.24m (50-0) // Emily Offenheiser, ninth, 14.79m (48-6.25) PR

Shot Put (M)Rece Rowan, 11th, 15.82m (51-11)

Discus (W)Emily Offenheiser, 12th, 44.70m (146-8) // Sophia Rivera, 18th, 43.01m (141-1)

Discus (M) — Mitchell Weber, first, 57.67m (189-2) // Rece Rowan, third, 53.11m (174-3) // Jason Petko, fourth, 52.43m (172-0)

4x100m Relay (M) — Jayson Ashford, Zachary Charles, La’Rue Martin, Marc Poland, third, 41.20

100m (M)La’Rue Martin, 14th, 10.97 // Isaiah Vigliano, 18th, 10.99

100m hurdles (W)Mira Baccile, 16.05

110m hurdles (M)Chris McKinzy, Jr., 12th, 15.45

200m (W)Mya Drayton, 11th, 25.05 PR

200m (M)Jayson Ashford, first, 21.01 // Isaiah Vigliano, sixth, 21.60 PR // Blake Hays, ninth, 21.74 PR // La’Rue Martin, 16th, 22.15 PR // Chris McKinzy, Jr., 22.88 PR // Marc Poland, 23.52

400m (W)Mya Drayton, sixth, 57.23 PR

400m, (M)Jayson Ashford, first, 47.27 PR // Blake Hays, eighth, 48.90 // Marc Poland, 52.65

400m hurdles (M)David Buckner, fifth, 54.18 PR // Zachary Charles, eighth, 55.86

800m (M)Angus Beer, seventh, 1:53.26 // Cason Suggs, 1:57.96 PR // Jackson McAlister, 2:02.68

1,500m (W)Reilly Revord, second, 4:34.45 // Kelsey Schweizer, fourth, 4:39.17 // Allison Newman, fifth, 4:39.79 // McKenna Revord, 11th, 4:45.31 // Andi Bowman, 13th, 4:45.91 PR // McKenna Butler, 15th, 4:48.93 PR // Renee Lewis, 16th, 4:50.21 // Abby Hake, 5:02.27 PR

1,500m (M) Jack Warner, sixth, 3:55.68 // Johnny Martin, seventh, 3:57.27 // Quentin Worley, eighth, 3:57:70 PR // Luke Winkler, 15th, 4:04.68 // Austin Popplewell, 4:07.99 // Ryan Mata, 4:11.23

3,000m (W)Mikayla Reed, first, 9:49.74 PR // Ginger Murnieks, second, 9:51.33 // Abbey Wilson, sixth, 10:14.64

3,000m (M)Nathan Hall, third, 8:33.09 // Trevor Peimann, fifth, 8:33.64 // Blake Morris, sixth, 8:34.32

Texas Relays

High jump section A (M)Roberto Vilches, 9th, 2.15m (7-0.5)

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Valérie Maltais earns top-10 finish in Allround event at World Championships – Speed Skating Canada

Valérie Maltais earns top-10 finish in Allround event at World Championships - Speed Skating Canada

HAMAR, NORWAY – Valérie Maltais was Canada’s top performer in the Allround competition at this year’s World Speed Skating Championships, finishing the two-day event in 10th position.

Maltais cracked the top-10 in all three of her distances, finishing eighth in the 500m (39.49) and ninth in both the 1500m (4:08.23) and 3000m (1:58.09). Those results helped the native of Saguenay earn the best finish of her career at this competition, topping her 17th place finishes from 2019 and 2020.

Teammate Ivanie Blondin (Ottawa, Ont.), who was crowned vice-champion the last time this competition was held in 2020, finished the weekend one position behind Maltais in 11th. The double medalist from Beijing 2022 was sixth in the 500m (38.97) and 11th in the 3000m (4:10.73) and 1500m (1:58.74). Meanwhile, Lindsey Kent (Winnipeg, Man.) finished 16th in the overall rankings.

Topping the women’s podium on Sunday was Dutch skater Irene Schouten (158.974), who won her eighth career World Allround title. She was joined by Miho Takagi of Japan (+3.31) and Antoinette de Jong of the Netherlands (+8.24).

Jordan Belchos (Toronto, Ont.) was Canada’s top male skater at the competition, ranking 17th overall. Teammate Ted-Jan Bloemen (Calgary, Alta.) finished 20th overall.

Bringing home the men’s title was Sweden’s Nils van der Poel (148.696), who finished ahead of Patrick Roest of Netherlands (+22.80) and Bart Swings of Belgium (+30.44).

The international long track season comes to an end next week with the ISU World Cup Final in Heerenveen, Netherlands. CBC Sports will have live streaming and broadcast coverage of the competition on both Saturday and Sunday.


  • Ivanie Blondin: 10th overall; 6th in 500m; 11th in 3000m; 11th in 1500m
  • Valérie Maltais: 11th overall; 8th in 500m; 9th in 3000m; 9th in 1500m
  • Lindsey Kent: 16th overall; 16th in 500m; 17th in 3000m; 16th in 1500m
  • Ted-Jan Bloemen: 17th overall; 17th in 500m; 16th in 5000m; DNS in 1500m
  • Jordan Belchos: 20th overall; 20th in 500m; 13th in 5000m; 17th in 1500m
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Superb skate by teen Schizas highlights Canada’s fourth place finish in team event

Superb skate by teen Schizas highlights Canada's fourth place finish in team event

BEIJING — A terrific Olympic debut by teenager Madeline Schizas highlighted Canada’s fourth place finish in figure skating’s team event at the Beijing Olympics.

Schizas, an 18-year-old from Oakville, Ont., who only a year ago didn’t consider the Olympics in her near-future plans, was third in women’s singles event on Monday, following up a solid short program two days earlier.

Skating to Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” she was virtually flawless en route to scoring 132.04 points.

Russia’s Kamila Valieva scored 178.92 to win the women’s portion, while Kaori Sakamoto of Japan was second (148.66).

Russia won gold with 74 points from all events, while the U.S. took the silver with 65, and Japan won bronze (63).

The Canadians finished with 53 points to edge China (50).

Despite solid skates by reigning world ice dance bronze medallists Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier and pairs team Vanessa James and Eric Radford, a medal was already out of reach when the day began.

Gilles, from Toronto, and Poirier, from Unionville, Ont., were third in dance, scoring 124.39 for their free dance to Govardo’s cover of The Beatles ballad “The Long and Winding Road.”

Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates led the way with 129.07, while Russians Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov were second with 128.17.

James, from Toronto, and Radford, from Balmertown, Ont., scored 130.07 to finish fourth with their pairs free program to Harry Styles’ “Falling.”

A day earlier, James collided with Italian Matteo Guarise. They were both skating backward when they crashed, Guarise almost coming over James’ back. James said both she and Guarise were bruised by the incident.

The Canadians are making their Olympic debut together. Radford won two world titles and Olympic bronze with Meagan Duhamel, but came out of retirement at age 36 last spring to skate with James, a Toronto native who previously competed for France.

Russia’s Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov led the way with 145.20 points, to keep Russia in the lead with 55 points. The U.S. and Japan are tied for second with 48, while Canada and China are out of the medal running with 37 each.

Canada began the day in fourth place, after an excellent women’s singles program by Schizas on Sunday clinched the Canadians a berth among the top-five countries that advanced to skate the free programs.

Canada captured silver when the team event made its Olympic debut in 2014 in Sochi. A team by ice dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and including world champions Patrick Chan, Kaitlyn Osmond, and Duhamel and Radford won gold four years ago in Pyeongchang.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 7, 2022.

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press