The women’s 4×800-metres relay team broke a ten year old Canadian record last weekend at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The record which was set in 2003 stood at 8:28.55. On April 27 the team of Melissa Bishop with the Ottawa Lions of Eganville, Ont., Karine Belleau-Béliveau with Les Vainqueurs of Montreal, Que., Diane Cummins (unattached) of Victoria, B.C., and Lemlem Bereket Ogbasilassie with Saint Laurent Sélect of Montreal, Que., set a new Canadian record time of 8:14.85. Of note Diane Cummins was a member of the team which set the previous mark in 2003 as well as coach Heather Hennigar who guided the women at Penn Relays.
In the junior women’s pole vault Alysha Newman with London Legion Track and Field Alliance of Delaware, Ont., equaled the Canadian junior record of 4.20 metres at the Sea Ray Relays on April 13 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Alysha tied the mark set by Gabriella Duclos-Lasnier in 2007.
Niki Oudenaarden with Capital City Track Club of St. Albert, Alta., broke the Canadian junior record in the heptathlon for the second time this season. Niki bettered the Canadian mark of 5688 points set by Jessica Zelinka in 2000 by registering a score of 5716 points. Then on April 18 at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnit, California Niki bettered it again with 5774 points.
* All records pending ratification