Corey Bellemore, a second-year student-athlete with the University of Windsor Lancers, broke the Canadian junior indoor record in the 1,000m at the school’s blue and gold intra-squad meet on Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Bellemore, a criminology student, ran 2:25.39 in his first indoor race of the season to best Alex Bussières’ previous mark of 2:25:60. Bussières’ record was still pending ratification from last winter when he bettered Jeremy Rae’s 2:25:72.
The Windsor native also broke the meet record which was held by Ryan McKenzie.
McKenzie and Rae both went on to be great Canadian runners. Jeremy Rae is now one of Canada’s best 1500m runners, finishing second over the summer at the national championships, and McKenzie became one of the most decorated runners to go through the Lancer program and one of Canada’s top milers.
Bellemore snuck the record in just in time. Once the calendar rolls over to 2014 he will no longer be a junior-aged athlete, but he’s been competing with university athletes for over a year now and his recent performances seem to have set him up for a strong university season.
The Riverside high school grad won the national junior championships at 800m over the summer which sent him to Colombia for the panamerican junior championships, where he finished fourth. He was also a member of Canada’s national junior cross-country team in 2012.