For the second time this month, Gabriela Stafford has broken a Canadian record–this time in the indoor mile. Stafford ran a 4:24.80 at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston today, winning the event and knocking more than two seconds off Kate Van Buskirk’s record of 4:26.92, set one year ago at the Dr. Sander Invitational in New York.
On January 4, at her first race of the 2019 indoor season, Stafford broke the Canadian indoor 5,000m record at the GAA Miler Meet in Glasgow, Scotland, running 14:57.45 to smash the previous record of 15:25.15 held by Megan Metcalfe-Wright. It was Stafford’s first time racing the 5K distance.
Gotta change the ol' profile, no longer the Canadian indoor mile record holder. But records are made to be broken. Thrilled for you @gstafford13!!! Way to take the bar up another notch! 4:24.80 #Beast @AthleticsCanada @TorontoBluesTF
— Kate Van Buskirk (@K8VBeast) January 26, 2019
2019 is shaping up to be a very big year for the 23-year-old psychology student at the University of Toronto. Not only has Stafford already set two new Canadian records in the first month of the year, but she also recently got married, and has plans to relocate to Scotland later this year to train with Laura Muir, one of Europe’s dominant middle-distance runners. Stafford met her new coach, Andy Young, at Birmingham Diamond League last summer. He suggested she consider training with him, and after some deliberation, Stafford accepted.
After running with Brooks for several years, Stafford was recently signed by Nike and debuted her new kit in Boston.
The US’s Brenda Martinez and Emma Coburn also both raced the mile today, finishing seventh and 10th, respectively.