Aitken earns numerous medals in Big 12 Championship - May 25, 2017
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Londesborough-area native Lexi Aitken has excelled in the world of track and field once again, earning a number of medals in the 2017 Big 12 Championships, held in Lawrence, Kansas in mid-May.
Aitken, a full-scholarship athlete with Texas Christian University (TCU), placed fifth in the women’s 400-metre hurdles at the championship with a time of 59.65 seconds. This came after Aitken qualified for the finals with a slightly-faster time of 59.09 seconds in the qualification round.
Aitken also earned some hardware in the women’s 100-metre hurdles, placing sixth with a time of 13.39 seconds after slipping into the finals in the eighth and final qualification spot with a time of 13.61 seconds.
It was late in 2014 that Aitken committed to TCU, holding a special signing ceremony at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton. TCU was just the second school the Canadian track star visited before making her decision, after visiting Arizona State University.
Lexi, as well as her parents Brad and Amanda, said that Fort Worth, Texas, where TCU is situated, felt a lot like London, Ontario, which seemed familiar for the family.
These accolades are simply the latest in a long line for the young woman, who had been turning heads since her grade school days at Londesborough’s Hullett Central.
Aitken had posted a time of 1:00.27 at the 2014 Youth Olympics 400-metre hurdling event in Nanjing, China in August. She earned a sixth-place finish in the competition.
In late 2013, Aitken was named Canada’s Youth Athlete of the Year by Athletics Canada, receiving the Myrtle Cook Trophy that she shared with Paul Galas of Mississauga.
Aitken and Galas were teammates at the International Association of Athletics Federation World Youth Champions earlier in 2013 where she set a Canadian youth record in the 400-metre hurdle event, completing the run in 58.89 seconds.
Other accolades include wins at the Ontario Federation of School Athletics Association (OFSAA) championships starting in Grade 8 as well as setting records in the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships.
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