Appiah, Davis set for international competitions

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York University Lions track and field athletes Cynthia Appiah and Shai-Ann Davis will represent Canada at international competitions in July.

Appiah, of Etobicoke, will compete at the North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Athletics in Guanajuato, Mexico, the weekend of July 6 to 8. She is entered in the hammer throw event and could also compete in the shot put.

Davis, a new recruit, has made Team Canada for the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships, taking place July 10 to 15 in Barcelona. She will compete in the 200m.

Appiah recently completed her fourth season with the Lions and finished the year with a pair of silver medals at the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) championships in the shot put and weight throw. She has won four CIS medals in her career, also earning silver and bronze in the same two events in 2010, and is a two-time team most valuable player.

York Lions assistant track and field coach Richard Parkinson was previously named an assistant coach for the Canadian squad and will lead the throwers in Guanajuato.

Davis was a star sprinter in her hometown of Richmond, BC, winning three straight gold medals in the100m at British Columbia’s high school track and field championships. She will join the Lions for the upcoming 2012-13 season.