It began with the 60m heats late Friday afternoon, where I ran 7.62s and auto-qualified for semis the following day. I then had a short break before my 300 timed final which didn't go how I'd hoped, but a learning experience nonetheless. I placed 4th but was hoping for a quicker time. I'll have to wait until CIS to get the faster time I'm hoping for. CIS are in Edmonton from March 6-8, 2014. Lucky for me, one of my brothers lives there and my parents are going to come out to see me race, as well!
U of T Women's 4x4 Relay team (picture above)
From tallest to shortest: Natalie Geiger, Rachel Jewett, Fiona Callender and myself
I then had a short break, just over an hour until the 4x200m relay. We didn't have a great seed time going in, so were in the 2nd heat but we were optimistic about the chance to get on the podium now that we had the A team running together. Unfortunately, the pass between me and our opening runner, Natalie, didn't go as smooth as usual so we didn't make the podium, but auto-qualified for CIS. We'll be smoothing that out this week to put us in a good spot for CIS.
Then, I was able to finally eat something with a bit of substance during my 2 hr break before the grande finale - the 4x400m relay! I was soooo tired but wanted to come through for my relay-mates since the 4 of us have been running it together all season. I started the relay off, hoping to get us a bit of a lead before I handed it off to Fiona. She extended the lead before handing off to Natalie, who continued to extend the lead before passing to Rachel. This was the first time Rachel had been the anchor to the team, but she made sure to perform as a sprinter with a strong dip at the line to get us atop the podium, with a gold medal.