They say records are made to broken, but at Saturday’s University of Ottawa Winter National Invitational three young Lions smashed some of the longest standing age class records at the Louis Riel Dome.
In the women’s 600m, former Lion Fiona Callender took the race out quickly, leading through the first 450m until Erinn Stenman-Fahey began her kick for home. By the time Erinn hit the homestretch, she had firmly grasped the lead, and did not relent in her push to the finish line – winning in 1:29.86. With the time, Stenman-Fahey became the first junior to ever break the 1:30 barrier at the Dome, taking more than two seconds off the previous record of 1:32.10 set by Julia Tousaw in 2008.
It was a battle of two of Canada’s top young distance runner’s in the youth girls 3000m as Ottawa’s Shona McCulloch squared off against Kingston’s Branna MacDougall. In a back and forth battle, it was McCulloch who prevailed, taking the race in 9:44.31, a half second ahead of MacDougall. With the time, McCulloch bested the previous youth and junior record of 9:48.82 set by Danelle Woods back in 2006. The Longfields Davidson grade 10 student know owns the midget, youth and junior 3000m records at the Dome.
Also setting records across multiple age categories was Lauren Gale, who dominated the youth girls 300m, winnig in an impressive 39.13 seconds. So dominate was Gale’s performance that her next closest competitor was nearly two and a half seconds behind. In addition to bettering her own midget record, Lauren also took down the youth and junior records. Her time stands as the second fastest in Canada for girls under 18 as well as one of the top five fastest times over the past six years.
The Lions return to action this Friday and Saturday as they head to Boston for the BU Valentine Invitational.