Two Canadian records fell in Palo Alto, CA on Saturday at the Payton Jordan Invitational.
Natasha Wodak of Coquitlam, BC had declared with her coach Richard Lee last week that she would run the 10,000m under 32 minutes in an effort to qualify for the Pan American Games this summer and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next year. True to her word, she did just that and in the process set a new Canadian record. Courtney Babcock set the existing record of 31:44.74 back in 2003.
Natasha ran 31:41.59 last night to also qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games as the standard is 32:15.00. Canadian marathon record holder, Lana Marchant of London, ON also qualified for Rio with her personal best of 31:46.94.
The second Canadian mark fell in the 5000m by a freshman at Syracuse University. Justyn Knight of Vaughn, ON broke the U20 record set 63 years ago by the legendary, Bruce Kidd. Bruce ‘s mark of 13:43.8 was broken by Justyn’s 13:34.86.