Dalhousie Tigers cross country and track and field head coach Rich Lehman is pleased to announce the commitment of Hannah Trites, Lauren Lowther and Melanie Clayton for the 2019-20 season.
A Fredericton, N.B. native, Trites earned a U18 1500m bronze medal at the 2015 Hershey Canadian Indoor Track & Field Championships and a 2000m bronze medal at the 2015 Legion Youth Track & Field Nationals. She is also a two-time New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association (NBIAA) cross country regional and provincial champion and a two-time Atlantic cross country champion.
In the classroom, Trites is a Black Kat Scholar for outstanding athletic and academic achievements and a Black ‘F’ Honour Award winner for maintaining an average above 90% for all four years of high school.
“I am looking forward to the challenging training environment and excited to be a part of such a strong group of runners” says Trites.
While attending Dalhousie, Trites will be studying kinesiology.
Joining Trites is fellow Maritimer Lauren Lowther. Lowther is a middle-distance runner from Antigonish, N.S. As a four-year member of the Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School cross country team, she helped them to two regional and two provincial banners. She placed fifth at the 2018 Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) Cross Country Championship and was 37th at the 2018 Canadian National Cross Country Championships in the U18 girls division. On the track team, Lowther won bronze medals at the 2018 NSSAF championships in the 1500m and 3000m events and added a silver medal in the 1500m at the 2019 event. As a member of the Antigonish Track Club, she won a gold medal in the 3000m at the 2018 Atlantic Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
“I am beyond excited to continue my academic and athletic career at Dalhousie as a Tiger,” says Lowther. “It will be a great new opportunity and experience for me to move to Halifax and join a new team. I can't wait to grow as an athlete under the guidance of Coach Rich Lehman and the current Tigers on the cross country team. I'm looking forward to the coming years running for Dal and hope to continue the great work the team and Coach Lehman have established.”
Lowther will be studying environmental sciences while at Dalhousie.
A Ilderton, Ont. native, Melanie Clayton specializes in the 400m and 800m events. A three-time Medway High School female athlete of the year, she finished in seventh in the 2016 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association (OFSAA) championship 400m race and ninth in the 2017 event. Clayton has a personal best of 59.7 seconds in the 400m and 2:19 in the 800m event.
“I am extremely excited to be a part of the Tigers this fall,” says Clayton. “When I came to visit I knew Dal was the place for me. The team was so welcoming and excited the coming season. I cannot wait to be representing Dal this fall.”
Clayton will be studying kinesiology at Dalhousie.
“Hannah and Lauren have been among the two most impressive high school runners in Atlantic Canada for a number of years,” says Lehman. “Hannah is a polished competitor for her age and should fit in extremely well with our group while Lauren has been having a very impressive track season, highlighted by an NSSAF silver medal in the 1500m. Melanie is a raw talent with tremendous upside. She's run some fast times as multi-sport athlete and I anticipate her being a U SPORTS level competitor in the middle distances within a couple of years.”
The cross country team opens their season in Halifax at the Dalhousie Invitational on September 8th at Point Pleasant Park.