Eight lady Lions stepped on to the track and in to the field on day 2 of the USports Championships and five of them stepped off with record setting performances.
University of Ottawa freshman Keira Christie-Galloway kicked things off with a bang Friday, winning her 60m hurdles semi-final with a time of 8.38 seconds. An hour later she would return for the final and equal her lifetime best and Gee Gee record of 8.31 seconds to finish fourth in one of the most hotly contested USports finals in recent memory. Less than a hundredth of a second separated silver from fourth, with Christie-Galloway just 0.002 seconds behind third place.
The other record on the day came from the Gee Gees 4x800m relay team, which smashed the previous school best by more than four seconds. The quartet of Sophia Skorenky, Madison Clarke, Maeliss Trapeau and Keili Shepherd finished fourth with a time of 8 minutes 54.31 seconds.
Running the fastest leg of any competitor in the race, Trapeau put the Gee Gees in medal contention heading into the final exchange after completing four laps of the 200m track in 2:08.45. However, in the final 200m of the race, Shepherd was past by former Gee Gee Emma Galbraith, a graduate student at Laval, for bronze.
The previous record of 8:58.73 was set in 2015 by the team of Charlotte Gardner, Chelsea Gilles, Clare McGrath, and Jennifer Murawsky en route to an OUA bronze medal.
Also on Friday, Leanna Garcia equaled her best ever nationals finish with a sixth place finish in the shot put with a best of 13.39m. Christina Hertner was 10th with a best of 12.13m.