Weekend wrap: Lions finish third, fourth at OUA Track and Field Championships

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The York University Lions track and field team rode a productive Day 2 at the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) track and field championships to a third place finish in the men’s standings and fourth in the women’s at their own host facility, the Toronto Track and Field Centre.

York’s point standing was secured during the final event of the day, when they took the top two spots in pole vault. Daniel Gleason struck gold, while Samuel Adams won the silver medal.

Keysean Powell also picked up his second medal of the meet, winning silver in the 60-metre dash. He was the long jump gold medallist on Day 1 and also set the OUA record in the event.

Other landmark podium finishes for the Lions came in the men’s 4×400-metre relay, when Tohma Van Bergen came from behind to move past the Toronto Varsity Blues into third position on the final straightaway of the race’s last lap, as well as the women’s 4×200-metre and 4×400-metre relays. More details on the Lions website.

Agard wins bronze at U SPORTS women’s wrestling championships

York University Lions women’s wrestler Bailey Agard won the bronze medal in the 51kg weight class at the U SPORTS championships in St. Catharines, Ont., on Saturday afternoon.

Agard is just the second York women’s wrestler to win a medal at the national meet, following in the footsteps of current assistant coach Alexandria Town, who won silver (2018) and bronze (2016) medals throughout her career.

The second-year wrestler from Ottawa had a tremendous showing at her first U SPORTS championship to reach the podium. After going 2-1 in her pool on the opening day of the meet, she recorded a dominant 11-0 victory over Saskatchewan’s Katie Dutchak in the bronze-medal match to cap off her season in style. More details.

Women’s hockey Lions sweep Waterloo, qualify for second round with 3-0 win

A goal 29 seconds into the contest eventually stood as the game-winning goal for the No. 10 nationally ranked York University Lions women’s hockey team in a 3-0 victory over the University of Waterloo Warriors at Columbia Ice Field in Game 2 of their Ontario University Athletics (OUA) quarter-final series.

The win ended the series and sent the Lions to the second round of the OUA playoffs. It’s the first trip to the second round for the Lions since the 2011-12 season, which is also their most recent playoff appearance. More details.

Men’s volleyball Lions go .500 on final weekend of regular season

On Friday, the York University Lions men’s volleyball team swept the Trent University Excalibur 3-0 in their graduation game and last home game of the season at the Tait McKenzie Centre.

Andrew Shotbolt led all Lions with 12.5 points in the win over the Excalibur, 10 of them kills. More details.

The Lions then travelled to play the University of Toronto Varsity Blues on Saturday, the final day of the regular season. They fought to the end, going back-and-forth for set wins with the No. 7 nationally ranked Varsity Blues, which ended in a 3-2 loss for the Lions.

The veteran Shotbolt finished his final game as a Lion with 20 points. Right behind Shotbolt was Andrew Tauhid, who scored 12 points for York. Dan Everton also helped the Lions to 30 assists this game. More details.

Lions sweep Trent, drop final women’s volleyball regular season game to Toronto

On Friday, the York University Lions women’s volleyball team swept the Trent University Excalibur 3-0 in their final home game of the season at the Tait McKenzie Centre.

Jessica Reynolds finished the night as the team’s leading scorer with 13.5 points. More details.

The team then travelled south on Sunday and lost 3-0 to the No. 3 nationally ranked University of Toronto Varsity Blues during their last regular season game.

York’s Olivia Kim finished the game with a total of 10 points, seven of them kills. Veteran Sarah Williams completed the game with six kills, which helped to add points on the scoreboard for the Lions.

The women will be playing the Brock University Badgers next weekend as they enter as the fourth seed in the East in the OUA playoffs. The game will take place on Saturday evening at 6 p.m. in St. Catharines, Ont. More details.

Ravens take down Lions in OUA women’s basketball playoff opener

The York University Lions women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end on Wednesday night with a 67-64 loss to the Carleton University Ravens in their Ontario University Athletics (OUA) first round playoff game.

The 10th-seeded Lions had their chances and built a sizable first-quarter lead, but the experienced Ravens, seeded seventh and winners of back-to-back OUA championships in 2017 and 2018, clawed back and ultimately came out on top.

Lauren Golding led all Lions with 12 points and added nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block. Megan MacLeod had 11 points and Megan Stewart added 10. More details.