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Shelley Hladin wastes little time making her mark

La Belle Province is proving to be fruitful ground when it comes to populating an increasingly talented Laurentian Voyageurs Indoor Track & Field team.

With sprinter Tristan Routhier having already cemented a spot as an OUA hopeful, the native of Saint Sixte (PQ) was joined by Chartierville native and L.U. freshman Shelley Hladin, with both having attained their OUA standards at the York Christmas Open T & F Meet last weekend.

Posting a best jump of 5.36m, Hladin broke a Voyageurs' record that has stood since 1972 in the long jump (Barb Dennis - 5.25m), earning gold and guaranteeing herself a spot at the OUA Championships come February of 2024.

Routhier also looked in fine form as the third year architecture student finished first in the 300m dash (36.73) and ninth in the 60m event (7.06), eclipsing the bench mark to qualify for university provincials in the process.

"The goal here was to knock some rust off and execute some of the technical work we have been doing since early in the fall," noted Laurentian Lead Sprint and Jumps Coach, Jim Taylor.

"Getting a new school record and having two athletes OUA qualified this early are great signs for the team."

Following are the balance of L.U. results from the meet:

Women - Sprinters
60m dash - Shelley Hladin - 8.41 (21st)
60m dash - Naomi Palmer - 8.52 (22nd)
60m dash - Jessy Trottier - 8.92 (29th)
300m dash - Naomi Palmer - 45.95 (14th)
300m dash - Jessy Trottier - 51.27 (20th)

Men - Sprinters
60m dash - Josh Kim - 7.46 (35th)
300m dash - Josh Kim - 40.75 (15th)

The full varsity team will be working diligently over the holidays, with the Don Wright Team Challenge up next on January 20th at Western University.

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