Speed River elite women battle at twilight meet

GUELPH – Athletes and spectators at Wednesday night’s Speed River Track and Field Club’s second twilight meet of the year were treated to a women’s 1,500-metres battle between a pair of national record holders.

Jenna Westaway and Speed River teammate Genevieve Lalonde turned in a spirited effort that resulted in Westaway claiming a slim win over her Speed River teammate. Times were not available, but Westaway’s time was said to be her second-best ever at the distance and just a bit off her personal best.

Almost impressive was that the race was just the start of the night’s training for the pair who headed off for the trails in the Arboretum shortly after the finish of the race.

While both are national record holders, neither has the national mark at the 1,500m distance.

Westaway set a pair of records in Boston in February. When she was done, the women’s indoor 800 metres stood at 1:59.87 and the women’s indoor 1,000 metres was at 2:37.04.

Lalonde’s is in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase as she lowered her previous mark to 9:29.82 last month in a meet at Shanghai. That took 0.17 seconds off her previous best set two years ago set in London, England.

Lalonde also won the women’s 1,500m at the Speed River Inferno a couple of weekends ago in a time of 4:08.54, the second-best time in the country this year.

Also at the Inferno, Westaway finished second to Melissa Bishop in the women’s 800 metres. Bishop won in 2:01.10 and Westaway was close behind in 2:01.80. Those are the two fastest times at the distance this year. In fact, the Inferno produced six of the country’s top 13 times.

Also at Wednesday’s twilight meet, Josh Hamilton of the host club won the men’s 400m hurdles in 52.40 seconds. That’s the third-fastest men’s time of the year and fastest men’s U20 time.

Unattached runner Elizabeth Whelan took the women’s 800 metres in 2:07.45 that was less than a tenth of a second off her fastest time of the year. Speed River’s Sadie-Jane Hickson was second.

William Stewart of Speed River ran to the win in the men’s 800m in 1:51.77.

Von Davis gave Speed River a win in the women’s 200m. She was clocked at 25.00 while unattached runner Shennae Steele was second at 25.77.

Gavin Smellie of Flying Angel won the men’s 200m in 20.83 seconds.

Unattached runner Greg Danayan won the men’s 3,000m in 8:56.23 while Speed River’s Tennessee Tremain was second in 8:58.94 on the track on which he won the OFSAA provincial high school junior boys’ title two weekends ago. His OFSAA time was the third-best U18 time this year.

Unattached athlete Marissa Dubois took the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.25 metres while Owen Hebb of the Guelph Gryphons won the men’s long jump with a leap of 6.55 metres.

Barbara Bitchoka of CANI Athletics cleared 1.72 metres in women’s high jump while Travis Bannerman of Laurel Creek TFC cleared 1.90 metres in men’s high jump.


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