Maddex and Bishop shine in Cayman heat

It was a successful night on the track in Grand Cayman last night for two of Ottawa’s elite athletes. For 800m runner Melissa Bishop and 100m hurdler Ashlea Maddex, the weather sure was warm with temperatures above 30 degrees and feeling like 41 Celsius with the humidex.
 
Maddex, kicked things off with a new personal best performance in the 100m hurdles as she crossed the line in 13.34 seconds. The Rockland native was positive about the event and the time saying, “ In this one meet alone, I’ve realized the benefit of being calm and collected yet aggressive enough to do what I needed to do.” This was the second straight personal best performance by Maddex, who had run 13.40 seconds less than two weeks ago at Cornell University.
 
The women’s 800m must have felt a little like running at home in late summer for Olympian Melissa Bishop with the humidex and two other compatriots featured in the field of four runners. Nonetheless, took the lead through 400m and didn’t let go in the next lap crossing the line first in 2:02.83. Following her race, Bishop posted on her twitter feed, “I love competing here. Lots to look forward to this season, but I still to put in some work.” The Eganville native will face her next test on May 18th as she competes at the Ponce Invitational in Puerto Rico.