St. Mary Catholic Secondary School graduate Christian Brennan is off to a fast start as a freshman runner at the University of Oregon.
On Saturday (March 15), at the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Brennan was part of Oregon’s record-setting women’s 4×400-metre relay team. Brennan (52.398) and her Oregon Duck teammates Chizoba Okodogbe (53.115), Laura Roesler (51.241) and Phyllis Francis (50.640) flew across the finish line in a combined time of 3:27.494 to win the event and establish a collegiate indoor mark.
It was the 10th fastest time ever run by a women’s 4×400 team. The previous NCAA indoor record was 3.27:66. The U.S. national record is 3:27.33
Brennan passed the baton to anchor-leg runner Francis, who nipped 2013 world championship silver medallist Ashley Spencer of the University of Texas at the wire by .02 second. That gave Oregon its fifth straight NCAA women’s indoor championship – a Duck dynasty.
Oregon also took top team honours in the men’s division.
From 2010-13, Waterdown resident Brennan dominated her 100m, 200m and 400m races at the Ontario high school level, winning eight gold and two silver medals.