McGill Team Challenge Track and field (Day 1 of 2): Plethora of records plummet

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Source: Earl Zukerman, McGill Sports Info / Photocredit Derek Drummond

MONTREAL – Seven records tumbled during the first round of the19th annual McGill Team Challenge, Friday. The two-day competition,billed as the largest indoor track and field meet in Canada,featured eight Olympians among a meet record number of 900 athletesvying for qualifying standards and personal bests.

Olympians competing include Luguelin Santos, Jenna Martin, DaundreBarnaby, Sarah Wells, Melissa Bishop, Segun Makinde, Taylor Milneand Hank Palmer.

The highlight events on Friday included a men’s elite 300-metrerace and a women’s elite 3000m, in addition to both 60msprints.

Santos, who won an Olympic silver medal as an 18-year-old at the2012 London Summer Games, claimed the special 300m in 33.27seconds, missing the 12-year-old Fieldhouse record of 32.95, set byYork University’s Shane Niemi in 2002.

Bishop, running for the Ottawa Lions track club, won the women’selite 800m in two minutes, 5.18 seconds. This distance had neverbeen run before at the McGill facility, so her time became one ofthree Fieldhouse records established during Day 1.

Kimberly Hyacinthe, representing the Club d’athletisme Vainqueurs,smashed two records in one fell swoop, clocking 7.29 seconds in thewomen’s 60m. Her time was a Quebec provincial record and surpassedthe Fieldhouse mark (7.35).

In the men’s 60m, York’s Dontae Richards-Kwok finished first in6.71, surpassing the meet record of 6.73.

In the men’s 3000m, Guelph’s Ross Proudfoot ran a sizzlingtime of 8:02.78, destroying both the Fieldhouse (8:07.38) and meet(8:14.96) records.

The last record ocurred in the women’s shot put, where York’s Brittany Crew tossed a distance of 15.27 metres, erasing theprevious meet mark of 14.36.

McGill’s only medal on Friday was a silver by Caroline Tanguay ofSt. Hubert, Que., in the women’s high jump. The 20-year-oldphysical therapy sophomore leaped a height of 1.72 metres,finishing second to Dalhousie’s Rebecca Haworth (1.77). Both timesmet the qualification standard to compete at the CIS championshipsin Edmonton, March 6-8.

The event wraps up on Saturday at the Richard Tomlinson Fieldhouse,located inside the McGill University Sports Centre at 475 PineAvenue West. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults and$5 for students and seniors. Children 12-and-under are admittedfree.

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