The 2019 indoor track and field season is heating up with many Canadian athletes hitting their stride with an eye on the ultimate prize – a spot on Canada’s World Championships team later this year.
Four Canadian indoor records were established this weekend alone.
Middle-distance runner Jenna Westaway clocked a time of 2:37.04 in the 1000-metres at the 2019 BU David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Friday night. Not only did Westaway break the Canadian record held by Diane Cummins since 2002, but that performance sees her sitting second in the world right now.
Coming off a strong 2018 outdoor season, 800-metre runner Marco Arop is focused and ready to prove he belongs amongst Canada’s best. Arop shaved 0.57 seconds off Gary Reed’s 2004 national record at the Clemson Tigers Tiger Paw Invite with a time of 1:45.90, and 0.98 seconds off the U23 record set by Robert Heppenstall last year.
With a solid third-place finish in New York at the Millrose Games, distance runner Jessica O’Connell set a new Canadian record with a time of 8:46.50 in the 3000-metres. The previous mark of 8:48.56 was set by Megan Wright (Metcalfe) in 2008.
The fourth record to fall over the weekend was the women’s U20 4 x 800-metres. A team made-up of Katie Blunden, Maggie Smith, Carley Burrell and Cara MacDonald clocked a time of 9:16.16 at the AUS Relays in Halifax. The previous best mark set in 2015 was held by a team composed of Kailee Sawyer, Christine Laurie, Sydney Collins and Mackenzie Morgan.
For a complete list of Canadian records, click here.
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