Jenna Westaway is on fire this indoor season. The University of Guelph student broke Melissa Bishop’s 800m indoor record of 2:00.19 set in 2016 in Glasgow.
Westaway won and ran 1:59.87 at the Boston University Last Chance Meet on Sunday. The runner did this after running the anchor leg of the OUA 4x800m at York University on Friday evening.
🚨 @AthleticsCanada 🚨for Jenna Westaway (1:59.87) breaking @BishopMelissa’s previous record of 2:00.19 to become the first Canadian woman under 2 minutes indoors. Only 5 other women have achieved this feat indoors or outdoors. #rollriver pic.twitter.com/j8Nva2bl72
— Speed River TFC (@Speedriver) February 24, 2019
This isn’t the first record Westaway has broken in Boston in 2019. The 800m runner set up the Boston Valentine 1,000m race as a clear record attempt. She was paced through 450 metres by her teammate Jenna Smith, and took charge from there on. She finished in 2:37.04, shattering the former Canadian record. Westaway is currently in her final year of U Sport eligibility and competing for the University of Guelph.
Maité Bouchard and Kristen Metcalfe were third and fourth in the race on Sunday, both running 2:03.59. Westaway’s next race will be the U Sports Championships in two weeks time. She’s qualified for the 600m, 1,000m and 1,500m, but it remains to be seen which events she will run.
This now totals the Canadian record count on the track in 2019 to six. Gabriela Stafford has set two, Westaway has now set two, Marco Arop broke the 800 record and Jess O’Connell broke the 3,000m record.