Over the weekend, both Gabriela and younger sister Lucia Stafford raced on different sides of the world. DeBues-Stafford raced in Glasgow, running a huge 800m indoor personal best of 2:00.96 (a Canadian leading time), and hours later her younger sister broke her U23 national 1,500m record in Boston.
Stafford ran a 4:10.22 to finish third in the deep field. In that same race, Cory McGee won in a huge indoor PB of 4:04. She was paced by her Team Boss teammates Emma Coburn and Aisha Praught-Leer.
Stafford’s time places her first U Sports (which means she’s run the fastest time in the league) in the 1,500m by a whopping 14 seconds. The runner is very happy with her execution on Saturday. “Even though the winner ran six seconds faster (McGee, who finished in 4:04), I felt like I was in it with her. Committing to the race plan and sticking with her felt really cool. I was dialed in. With 600m to go, I was super focused. Instead of getting scared I committed to running that lap as fast as possible. I want to give it everything I could.”
Up next for the sisters is the Millrose Games for Gabriela and the BU Valentine Invitational for Lucia. Both sisters are hoping to earn a spot on the 2020 Canadian Olympic squad.