UBC takes sixth in women’s 4x800m relay at Armory Invitational

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New York, NY – Though just eight athletes competed this weekend, the UBC Thunderbirds track and field team took advantage of stiff competition and came away with a number of personal best performances. Four athletes were featured at the Armory Invitational in New York City on Saturday while another four competed Friday at the UW Invitational in Seattle, WA.
 
At one of the most prestigious events in the United States, Maria Bernard kicked off Saturday’s action winning the first event of the day, section four of the women’s 3,000m. Bernard managed to out lean Duke University’s Madison Granger at the line in a time of 9:31.08, just over a tenth of a second ahead of second.
 
Bernard and Granger traded leads throughout the 15-lap race before the UBC athlete kicked down her Duke competitor with 50 metres to go nipping her in the final straightaway. The fourth-year, Calgary native clipped four seconds off her personal best in the indoor event set last season.
 
Devan Wiebe was next in the women’s 800m, placing seventh in section seven in a time of 2:10.18, in a race won by Toronto’s Gabriella Stafford (2:06.49). A night earlier, Stafford set a U of T, Armory, and Ontario record in the indoor 1,000m event.
 
The team of Wiebe, Bernard, Tamara Harris and Natalia Hawthorn concluded the meet in their marquee 4x800m relay event, finishing in sixth place with an overall time of 9:03.25. The team’s respective splits were: Harris (2:15.77), Bernard (2:16.59), Hawthorn, (2:16.63), and Wiebe (2:14.29), in that order. Mississippi State won the event in a time of 8:56.57 while Sherbrooke was the top Canadian team in third (8:59.94).
 
A night earlier in Seattle, Amelie de Fenoyl ran 17:15.80 for 5,000m on Friday evening at the Dempsey Indoor Centre on the UW Campus, in what was the fourth-year’s debut for an indoor 5,000m. That time was good for tenth in section two, which was won by Polina Carlson of Brooks in a time of 16:20.85
 
In the multi-event disciplines, Julia Hawkins was 16th in the women’s indoor pentathlon with 2736 points while Michael Przystupa (4344pts) and Mackenzie Koopmans (3844pts) were 15th and 16th in the men’s heptathlon, respectively.
 
Justin Kent competed in the men’s 5,000m on Friday as well, but was forced to drop out in the latter stages of the race.
 
Up next for the T-Birds track team is the Harry Jerome Indoor Games on February 7 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.