Weekend wrap: Lions track and field team wins 13 medals at OUA Championships

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The York Lions track and field team’s post season got off to a strong start Friday as the Lions racked up seven medals, including three gold medals on day one of the Ontario University Athletics Championships in Windsor, Ont.

Chris Preece got the Lions off to a good start on the day, as he picked up the silver medal in the men’s weight throw in the first event of the conference championships. Preece’s 19.00m toss in the final round sealed the second place finish for the Lion’s fourth-year thrower. More details.

The next day the Lions continued their successful conference championships as they won six more medals on day two of the OUA Championships.

Thrower Brittany Crew continued her spectacular season as she broke her second OUA Championships record of the weekend, winning the gold medal in the women’s weight throw with a toss of 18.75m. Crew set the OUA Championships record in the shot put (17.49m) on day one and looks to be in fine form as she will be the favourite in both events at the CIS Championships in just under two weeks time. More details.

No. 4 Gaels too much for men’s volleyball Lions in OUA quarterfinals

In the OUA quarter-final hosted at Queen’s Athletics and Recreation Centre, the seventh-seeded York University men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-0 loss to the second-seeded Queen’s Gaels on Saturday afternoon as the Gaels eliminated the Lions from the OUA playoffs.

The Gaels were able to take down the Lions in three sets after winning the first and second sets with a 25-20 score and the third set with a 25-18 score. More details.

Women’s basketball Lions drop game to Cross-town rival Blues

The York University Lions women’s basketball squad fell to their cross-town rival the University of Toronto Varsity Blues by a score of 76-63 on Friday at the Tait Mackenzie Centre.

The Lions played from behind for the entirety of Friday’s match with the Blues, but had moments of superb ball movement with a dominant paint presence. The Lions starting guard Sandra Nagowska was once again the driving force that would spark the Lions offense. Nagowska finished the game filling the stat sheet with four points, four steals, two assists, and 11 total rebounds, five of which were offensive. More details.

The following evening, evening the York University women’s basketball team wrapped up the regular season with a 67-53 loss against the No. 4 Ryerson Rams at the Tait McKenzie Centre.

The Rams managed to go ahead in the first quarter with an 18-14 lead over the Lions. Graduating senior Emma Thompson and Shauney Fischer came up big with two memorable jump shots each, but didn’t falter the Rams’ momentum as they led going into the second quarter. More details.

Men’s basketball Lions top Blues in overtime

The York University Lions men’s basketball team won in dramatic fashion 97-93 in overtime against their city rival the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Friday evening at the Tait Mackenzie Centre.

The Lions had six players finish in double figures on Friday night, and of the six Nathan Culbreath emerged as the game’s top scorer finishing with a double double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Lions bench contributed 37 points, with Brandon Ramirez being the main spark plug off the bench with 11 points and eight rebounds, six of which were offensive. More details.

The next night it was a packed house at the Tait McKenzie Centre as the York University men’s basketball team ended their regular season with an 81-72 loss against the No. 3 Ryerson Rams on Saturday evening.

Tommy Hobbs kept the Lions tied with the Rams to close off the first quarter in a 16-16 tie. He was an impact player from all areas of the court, sinking two free throws, one jump shot and one three-pointer. More details.