The Western Mustangs' rookie from Malahide sets new mark in the
women's 1000 metres at the Purple and White intersquad meet
November 20, 2021
By Rob J. Ross
LONDON, Ont. - Hallee Knelsen kicked off her university indoor track career with a record performance.
The 18-year old from Malahide, broke a 43-year old record in the women's 1000 metres at the Western Mustangs' Purple and White intersquad meet, November 16, at Western University.
"It definitely felt really good," said Knelsen. "I didn't know what to expect coming off X-C (cross-country) training, but I felt that the record was still attainable. I had confidence that I could do it, but I still didn't expect to run a 2:54, having done very little speed over the last couple months."
The Purple and White intersquad meet is the beginning of the indoor track season for the Mustangs.
Knelsen knocked off nearly two and a half seconds off the time of 2:57.04, set in 1978, lowering the record time to 2:54.74, while winning by 14 seconds.
"I think a lot of the speed I built up over this summer really stuck with me throughout X-C and up until intersquad," said Knelsen. "The race itself I ran a little weird, because I started off at a very conservative pace and picked it up every lap, so I know I can run it faster if I start out faster. But for an intersquad meet in the middle November I'm very happy with it."
The first year Health Sciences student ran one cross country race this season, placing 20th, in the open men and women's six kilometre race, at the McMaster Bayfront meet, in Hamilton, October 22.
The 2021 graduate of East Elgin Secondary school and member of the St. Thomas Legion Club will break for a week, before returning for a few easy practices.
"Then back to work but on the track," Knelsen said.
This past summer, Knelsen won both the women's 800 and 1500 metre races, at Athletics Ontario's U20 outdoor track and field championships. A week later, Knelsen took a bronze in the women's 1500 metres and placed fifth in the 800 metres, at the AO open outdoor championships.
Her first Ontario University Association (OUA) indoor track meet will be in January.
Knelsen was named the athlete of the week for the Mustangs' track team, for the week of November 14.