Abby Lewis of Beaver Bank was three seconds shy of beating a national record at the first meet of the season. (Paul Morris photo)

BEAVER BANK: A track-and-field athlete from Beaver Bank came within seconds of the Canadian national record during the first meet since COVID19 restrictions were lifted allowing competition.

At the indoor track meet on the weekend of Jan. 30-31, Abby Lewis of Beaver Bank, who competes as a member of the Chebucto Track team out of Sackville, ran the 1,500 metres in a time of 4:32.53. It is the second fastest time in Canadian history for Under-16 female.

The time was three seconds off of a national record.

Abbi Gaudry of Windsor Junction (right) bounces off the start line in her race. (Paul Morris photo)

Other locals who are known to have competed at the track-and-field meet, with results as provided by Athletics N.S. are:

  • Abbi Gaudry of Windsor Junction came home with the win in the women 18-19-years-old 60 metre dash
  • Mya Archibald of Fall River with a win in the long jump of 5.19 metres in the women 16-17-years-old age bracket
  • Cate Gaudry of Windsor Junction was second with a time of 9.08 in the women 16-17-years-old category for the 60-metre dash.
  • Emma Archibald came second in the 400-metre dash for women 18-19-years-old in a time of 1:06.90
  • Morgan Lewis of Beaver Bank was the lone racer in Girls 12-13-years-old in the 800-metre dash. She finished in a time of 2:55.12.

The indoor track-and-0field meet was held at the Canada Games Centre in Halifax, with COVID19 measures in place.