EDMONTON, AB -- Three members of Carleton's track and field team recently competed at the 2017 U SPORTS Track and Field Championships at the University of Alberta from March 9-11.
In only the team's second season of competing on the track, the Ravens sent three athletes to the U SPORTS event, including seniors Amelia Brohman and Sebastian Saville, along with Telvin Tavernier, the RSEQ's Male Athlete of the Championships. All three had previously met national qualifying standards in order to compete over the weekend.
With a busy schedule taking place over three days at U of A's Universiade Pavilion, the Carleton athletes showcased their fine running and athletics skills and proved that the new Ravens program has the ability to compete at the national level.
Despite only sending three athletes, both the men's and women's teams had decent results, as Saville and Tavernier helped the Ravens to a 13th-place finish out of 22 teams after scoring 19 points overall. The women's team (Brohman) finished 19th out of 21 with (4 points).
Telvin Tavernier (Midland, ON) -- It was an incredible weekend in northern Alberta for Tavernier, who had qualified for the championships after capturing three individual medals at the RSEQ conference meet at the end of the February. Tavernier placed second overall in the heptathlon, moving up from third place after Day 1 to take home a silver. He set numerous life-time bests along the way, with a program record in the 60m hurdles (8.78 s) and a best in high jump (1.93 m), and a record overall heptathlon score (5267 pts). Tavernier's 4.82 leap in the individual pole vault competition - another personal best - earned him a bronze medal in the category.
Amelia Brohman (Ottawa, ON) -- Competing in the 60m dash, Brohman crossed the finish line with the seventh-best finish in the preliminary round heats with a time of 7.60 seconds. In the finals, Brohman clocked in at 7.55 seconds to place fifth overall, just behind RSEQ rival Emy Beliveau, who won the race in a time of 7.40 seconds. It was the second-best time of Brohman's career behind her 7.54 achieved at the Dome in January.
Sebastian Saville (Ottawa, ON) -- Saville, who qualified for nationals in the 600m race after placing first at the RSEQ championships in February, opened the event with a 1:19.79 finish to as the fifth qualifier for the finals. Despite a great effort, Saville missed the podium with a fourth-place finish in a time of 1:18.79. The bronze winner - Triphon Moodie from Western - finished in a time of 1:18.51. However, Saville's time set the program record in the 600m race, surpassing his preliminary time from two days earlier.
While year two of the program is officially over, the Ravens can reflect on the successful 2016-17 racing season, one that saw 44 new school records established and 97 final and new positions (moving on or up from past seasons) on Carleton's all-time list.
Carleton Track & Field: All-Time Performances & Records
PHOTOGRAPHS - 2017 U SPORTS Track & Field Championships: