You gotta love the Bowerman Track Club.
The athletes under the care of Coaches Jerry Schumacher and Pasqual Dobert train hard, recover smart, pay attention to the details, and race to their fullest. On Friday night, Gabrielle De Bues Stafford, coming back from a superb 3000 meters at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, put her name, for a second time, on the Canadian record, with an amazing 14:31.38. In the second place, Elise Cranny took down Shalane Flanagan’s AR with Elise’s 14:33.17. Courtney Frerichs, the Olympic silver medalist at the steeple, opened her 2022 with a fine 14:48.75 PB.
Elle Purrier St. Pierre, Jemma Reekie, Gabrielle DeBues Stafford, photo by Courtney White
Fast women 5000 m
BOSTON (USA, Feb 11): Canadian Gabriela DeBues-Stafford after winning NB Grand Prix improved another Canadian record on the first day of the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. She clocked 14:31.38 also WL in the 5000 m. It is the 5th best performer ever. Behind her Elise Cranny US indoor record 14:33.17 (6th best ever) and third steeple Courtney Frerichs 14:48.75. Another fast race was the mile as Lucia Stafford, another Canadian won in 4:24.42 big PB ahead of Mexican Alma Cortes 4:27.09 national record and Julie-Anne Staehli from Canada 4:28.10. For all PB´s and also for fourth Michaela Meyers 4:29.64 and fifth Sweden´s Hanna Hermansson 4:29.81. U20 Roisin Willis won the 800 m in 2:00.06 PB, third-best ever junior result indoors. Life-time bests for second Canadian Madeleine Kelly 2:00.11, third French Cynthia Anais 2:00.49, and fourth Sophia Gorriaran clocked U18 all-time indoor best 2:00.58. Sarah Lancaster won the 3000 m in 8:47.41 PB ahead of Australian Lauren Ryan 8:47.88.