Sylla and Redmen 4x800 relay squad named McGill athletes of the week
Basketball player Mariam Sylla, a native of Conakry, Guinea, and the men’s track team’s 4x800m relay squad, are the McGill University athletes of the week, sponsored by Ye Olde Orchard Pub & Grill, for the period ending Feb. 3, 2013.
Sylla, a 6-foot-1 rookie centre, registered a “double-double” in back-to-back games as the Martlets split their two games last week. The 20-year-old pharmacology freshman tallied 38 points and grabbed 26 rebounds, to go along with four blocks and a steal. She shot 36.4 per cent from the field (12/36) and 73.7 from the foul-line (14/19). Sylla had 23 points and 11 rebounds in a 73-56 win at Bishop’s, followed by a 15-point, 15-rebound effort in a 71-66 loss to No.10-ranked Concordia last Friday. Prior to enrolling at McGill, Sylla starred for College Montmorency.
The 4x800m relay team broke an 18-year-old school record on Saturday at the 12th annual Armory Collegiate Invitational, an indoor meet that features more than 100 university and collegiate teams.
The quartet, which finished fifth overall in seven minutes, 40.74 seconds, featured freshman Benjamin Raymond of Laval, Que., on the leadoff leg, followed by freshman Javier Montalvo of Closter, N.J., sophomore Michael Abramson of Westmount, Que., and Vincent Parent-Pichette, a rookie from St. Paul de Joliette, Que. They erased the old mark of 7:41.90 set in 1995. Finishing ahead of McGill in the race was Columbia (7:30.15), followed by Duke (7:30.24), Texas A & M (7:31.79) and Albany (7:38.61).