Sports in Brief

Queen’s runner dislocates shoulder, finishes race

Last weekend, Kurtis Nishiyama received the Extraordinary Guts Award from the track and field team for his performance at the St. Lawrence University meet in Canton, N.Y.

Nishiyama normally competes in the high jump, but he volunteered to run in the 4 x 400-metre relay event after one of the runners dropped out.

Nishiyama fell shortly after the baton hand-off and dislocated his shoulder, but got up and finished his leg of the race. His relay team finished sixth out of eight teams.

“I had a rough day in the high jump,” he said. “I didn’t make the starting height.”

He said that there was a scratch on one of Queen’s 400-metre relay team and decided to compete.

According to Nishiyama, the race was going as expected until he was preparing for the baton hand-off.

“When the hand-off happened, I wasn’t moving fast enough,” he said. “So [my teammate] bumped into me and knocked me down. I fell with my left arm out and it just popped out.”

According to spectators, it was obvious that something was wrong because his left arm was immobile as he was running.

Nishiyama said that quitting was out of the question.

“I was really adrenaline pumped, I was thinking about the race,” he said. “I just wanted to finish it for the team.”

With the injury, Nishiyama is unable to compete in his usual high jump event for a short period of time, but he’s hoping to be back before the Ontario championships on February 23rd and 24th. He qualified for the championships at the first meet of the year at McGill University.

Wrestler wins bronze at Brock

Queen’s Golden Gaels wrestler Shannon Mullins won a bronze medal at the inaugural Brock Open
competition last week. Mullins, who competes in the 55 kg weight class, was the only female from Queen’s to win a medal in any weight class. Gael Chris Levy had the best performance for Queen’s on the men’s side with a 5th-place finish in the 54kg weight class.

Aside from these two individual performances, Queen’s did not fare well overall in team performance. Queen’s finished last overall in both the men’s and women’s competitions, with eight points from the men and five from the women. First place Brock had 67 points on the men’s side, and Western took the women’s side with 64 points. The Gaels are preparing to host the Queen’s Invitational on Jan. 28.

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