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Athletes of the Week

Monday March 9, 2015
Gift Okankwu - Johnny Berhanemeskel
Richard Whittaker

The uOttawa athletes of the week hail from the two varsity teams which will be competing at the CIS Championships this weekend

Gift Okankwu set a new Gee-Gees record in the 400-metres at Saturday’s last chance qualification meet at the Louis-Riel Dome. The sophomore smashed the old record by over two tenths of a second with her time of 56.53. The record had stood since 2008. Okankwu will join 13 other Gee-Gees track and field athletes at the CIS National Championships, hosted by the Windsor Lancers, this week from Thursday to Saturday and will compete for gold in the 4x200 metre relay.

Johnny Berhanemeskel punctuated his career of milestones at Montpetit Hall by scoring his career high of 39 points in his final game on home court. After being named the OUA’s Player of the Year earlier in the week, the Gee-Gees’ all-time scoring leader shot 15-19 including 4-5 from long distance to lift Ottawa to a 79-66 win over the Ryerson Rams in the OUA bronze medal match. The win lifted Ottawa to the no. 3 seed at this week’s ArcelorMittal Dofasco CIS men’s basketball championship. Full tournament information is available on the tournament website, and tickets are available through Ticketmaster.