By: Sean Burges (Photo: Sean Burges, Mundo Sports)
The Carleton University Ravens Track and Field Team snuck in a quick pre-season test drive last weekend with an appearance at the St Lawrence University Saints Holiday Relays.
Highlights from the relatively young team included a school record performance for second place in the men’s triple jump by Adam Nuraddeen. Michael Pinnock consolidated his spot as Carleton’s fourth fastest ever 300m runner with a bronze medal. Other finalists on the men’s side included Kaiden Peldjak, who moved into second all-time at Carleton with an eighth-place performance in the weight throw.
The men’s 4x200m relay team of Michael Pinnock, Connor Fraser, Adam Nuraddeen, and Lachlan Mahan just missed the podium, a remarkable performance given that of the four athletes only Pinnock is a sprinter – Fraser is a thrower, Nuraddeen a triple jumper, and Mahan a middle-distance runner.
On the women’s side only three Ravens, all freshman, could make the trip. Kaylyne Kabongo won her heat by 3.5 seconds and would have benefitted immensely from being in a faster section. For Calyse Fairclough and Kendal Williams it was an early outing into the ranks of senior competition in the shot put and weight throw, respectively. More are certain to come as these two continue to train under the tutelage of two-time Olympic shot putter Tim Nedow.
Competitions resume in the new year as the RSEQ season gets underway. The big home meets are the Ottawa Invite on January 20-21 and the Ravens Last Chance Meet on February 17-18. The RSEQ championships will be held at McGill University from February 25-26.