Another Twilight Meet, another record for Claire Smith. Actually, make that another two records as the 17 year old Glebe Collegiate student smashed her own Canadian Youth Record in the 3000m and at the same time took out a 22 year old Meet Record. Claire’s new national standard of 9:22.75 sheds nearly 13 seconds off her old mark, and also trimmed nearly two seconds from Nancy Norman’s old meet record of 9:35.58. In addition to breaking records, the time surpasses the IAAF World Junior Championship standard of 9:35 and currently ranks her number two in Canada over the distance.
Also satisfying a World Junior standard last night was fellow youth athlete, Erinn Stenman-Fahey, who won the women’s 800m handily. Erinn’s time of 2:08.83, bested the field by nearly four seconds and was also a new personal best for the OFSAA silver medalist. Stenman-Fahey now ranks sixth in Canada among junior aged athletes.
Other notable performances from evening came from hurdler Alexia Lamothe as she used her flat speed to trim two seconds off her personal best to win the women’s 400m in 56.13. With the time, she is now ranked10th in Canada among juniors. As well, decathlete Patrick Arbour hurled the discus out to a seasonal best 47.03m, to grab a spot in the national top ten rankings.