Plourde, Lumb, Philibert-Thiboutot run personal bests for Canada at Millrose Games
Two world records went down, a pair of Canadians ran personal-best times and their teammate, sprinter Andre De Grasse, lowered his season best in the 60 metres at the 116th Millrose Games indoor track and field meet on Sunday in New York.
Montreal's Simone Plourde delivered perhaps the most surprising performance by a Canadian, knocking nearly 18 seconds off her PB in the women's Wanamaker Mile.
She finished seventh in four minutes 24.67 seconds, well ahead of her previous best of 4:42.05 from Jan. 24, 2020 at the John Thomas Terrier Classic in Boston.
Plourde, 23, now ranks third all-time among Canadian women, behind Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (4:19.73) and her sister, Lucia Stafford (4:22.72). Stafford was ninth of 11 finishers in Sunday's race in 4:24.92.
Plourde didn't begin training seriously as a runner until 2018 but had success early in her career. The Former Utah All-American had several memorable moments during her NCAA career and last year ran an impressive 4:09.48 to win and qualify for NCAA regionals, and 4:10.04 outdoors at the Drake Relays, finishing second to reigning U.S. 1,500 champion Nikki Hiltz.
Plourde went on to win the event at the Harry Jerome Classic in Langley, B.C., was second at nationals and placed 10th in her heat in Budapest, Hungary at her first World Athletics Championships.
World indoor silver medallist and new mother Elle St Pierre captured her third title Sunday, lowering her American record to 4:16.41.
Kieran Lumb continued his early-season success with a PB on Sunday, placing sixth in the men's two-mile race in 8:14.52, over seven seconds faster than his Feb. 13, 2021 effort at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix.
It was also within 1.5 seconds of Moh Ahmed's 2017 Canadian record of