It was another successful day on the track at the Armory in New York City highlighted by University of Ottawa records by distance runners Emma Galbraith and Mohammed Souleiman.
Galbraith, coming off a new Gee Gee record in the 1000m the night before appeared thirsty for another record as the gun went off in the Championship Mile. Running even paced laps of 35 seconds for the first 800m, Galbraith started to slow over the next 600m before closing in 35 for a final 4:49.94. Emma’s time took a whopping 15 seconds off Julia Malleck’s old standard of 5:05.44, set in 2010. The time also qualifies Galbraith to run the 1500m at March’s CIS championships in Edmonton.
The other record came from Soulieman, who, in his first year running for the Gee-Gee’s, completed four laps of the Armory in 1:55.12 to finish 12th in the college section of the 800m. The previous record was held by teammate Remy Binns who’s standard of 1:55.54 was set last year. This was Soulieman’s third Gee Gee record of the season after already taking down the 1000m and mile marks.
Following in the distance runner footsteps, the women’s 4x200m and men’s 4x400m each stepped it up a notch putting in the second best performances in school history.
The quartet of Oluwasegun Makinde, Toluwalope Makinde, Devin Biocchi and Michael Robertson demonstrated the same form that won them a CIS championship last year as they captured the college section crown in 3:15.36, just 0.04 seconds off the group’s school record. The team trailed the Tar Heels of North Carolina heading into the final lap, but Michael Robertson’s 48.4 second anchor leg pulled the team to a two second victory.
Not to be outdone by the men, the women’s 4x200m relay team finished fifth in the championship section withe a time of 1:42.46 – a mere tenth of a second off the school record. The women’s time was just a second off the CIS auto qualification standard and now places them sixth in the national rankings.
The team will return to action next Saturday at the uOttawa WinterNational Invitational at the Dome @ Louis-Riel.