Greyhounds W60 4x100m Canadian Record falls!
Our Greyhounds W60m 4x100 Relay Canadian record was broken on Aug 14, 2016 at the Canadian Masters Outdoor Championships in Toronto. Our only consolation was that Elaine Whidden made up the team that set the new record. It is a rare occasion that the top 4 ranked W60 women in Canada are at the same meet and they took the opportunity to set a record that will be in the books for a long time. Elaine Whidden, Wendy Alexis, Linda Tauvette and Karla Del Grande set the new bar at 58.03 secs.
Another Canadian Relay Record falls to Greyhound Women!
Our Greyhounds women did it again! (Writes Harold Morioka) This time they broke the Canadian W60+ 4x400m relay record. Competing in the Ocean Athletics Summer Series #4 All comers meet in South Surrey, our Greyhounds women broke the Canadian record by a whopping 27 seconds.
Leadoff runner Marie Johnson got the team off to a fast record-setting pace. Then ageless Christa Bortignon, despite a bothersome hip, ran an excellent 2nd leg to keep our team on pace to break the Canadian record. Running third, Valerie Scott who keeps improving with every run, ran another excellent lap of the track. Finally when anchor runner Elaine Whidden crossed the finish line, the clock stopped at 5:27.92, almost half a minute better than the listed Canadian record.
The previous Canadian W60+ 1600m relay record was held by Team Canada who ran 5:54.64 at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Carolina, Puerto Rico, in 2003.
New Canadian 4x100m W60 Relay Record
Four Masters women from the Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club set a new Canadian standard in the W60 4x100 metre relay. Competing on April 26th, at the University of Oregon's famed Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, the team of Deborah Lee, Christa Bortignon, Urith Hayley and Elaine Whidden, ran the 400 metre relay in a time of 1:03.74.
This breaks the Canadian Masters W60 record of 1:04.60 which was set by Team Canada at the 2011 World Masters Athletics Championships, in Sacramento, California. Having four women from the same club break a National record which was set by four women representing Canada, is a huge accomplishment.This is the 4th time in 2015 that our Greyhounds set/broke Canadian relay records.
New Canadian M70 Indoor 4x400m
At the BC Masters Indoor Championships in Kamloops, our Greyhounds were involved in three Canadian relay records.
Three Greyhounds, Surinder Shah, Mark Stewart and Bill McNamara, teamed up with non-member,Tom Ukonmaanaho, to break the Canadian M70 Indoor 4x400m record with a time of 5:12.10 (old record was 5:37.73).
They also set a new Canadian standard in the M70 Indoor 4x200m relay with a time of 2:19.16.
Setting a new Canadian standard in the W65 Indoor 4x200m relay were Greyhounds' Lynette Baldock, Gabriella Moro and Christa Bortignon. With non-member, Winni MacKay-Smith, these women sped around the 800 metre relay in a time of 2:54.30.