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Aurora Rynda breaks Canadian 600m record

One of the longest-standing Canadian records has been broken

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After posting a personal best time in the 800m last weekend, Toronto native Aurora Rynda does it again. On Feb. 11, she broke the Canadian indoor 600m record of 1:27.63, which has stood for 38 years.

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The fourth-year University of Michigan athlete cruised to victory in 600m at the Windy City Invite in Chicago, with a blazing time of 1:27.05. 

The previous 600m record was held by Camille Cato, who ran 1:27.63 at a Canadian championship meet in Sherbrooke, Que. in 1984.

Rynda is the two-time reigning 600m champion in the Big Ten conference and with her time she set the fastest 600m time in Big Ten conference history – which ranks #4 all-time in the NCAA.

Last week, Rynda was awarded the National Athlete of the Week honour from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. This award is given out weekly to the top male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the NCAA.

She will likely continue her impressive season next weekend as the University of Michigan will host the last meet of the NCAA indoor season before Rynda defends her 600m title at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 25-26.