Halstead wins Canada Summer Games silver medal
TORONTO - York University sprinter Tyrone Halstead of
Mississauga, Ont. captured the silver medal in the 100-metre sprint
on the first day of track competition at the Canada Summer Games in
Charlottetown on Monday (Aug. 24).
He crossed the finish line in a time of 10.62 seconds. The gold medal went to teenage running sensation Akeem Haynes of Calgary in 10.47 seconds, while the bronze was won by Carlisle Stanford, also of Mississauga, in 10.77 seconds.
Halstead had the fastest time in the preliminary round at 10.47 seconds, just .04 off his personal best time in the event, to qualify for the A final. Despite a solid run, he was clipped at the line by Haynes, a high school sprinter representing Alberta who has been turning heads all season long with his remarkable rise through the ranks.
A two-time OUA all-star and former CIS all-Canadian, Halstead has asserted himself as one of the top sprinters in interuniversity athletics. He has won back-to-back OUA gold medals in the 60m, claimed a CIS silver in the 60m in his rookie season and a bronze in the same event last year. He was also a member of the Lions 4 x 200m relay team that struck gold at the CIS championships this past season and was the OUA rookie of the year in 2008.
Halstead will try to add another Canada Summer Games medal on Thursday (Aug. 27) in the 200m. Several other York student-athletes are in action in track and field at the multi-sport event, including Kristin Obrochta of Mississauga, Ont. in the hammer throw, Elizabeth Petrov of Richmond Hill, Ont. in the shot put, Christopher Theriau of Kentville, N.S. in the 110m hurdles and Lions newcomers Emma Crombeen and Umar Khan in the pole vault and shot put, respectively.
Sport & Recreation Information Officer
York University Lions