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Generation clash as Webb and Couper excel

Kyle Webb twice went under Shaquille Dill's Bermuda junior record time in the 400 metres during the NJCAA Regional I championships at Mesa Community College's Riggs Stadium in Arizona this week.

Webb, who is a student at Central Arizona State College, first broke Dill's record of 47.16sec when he ran a 46.89 time in the heats, which he won. He then had a winning time in the final of 46.91. Webb also won the 200 metres in 21.19.

Another Bermudian, Bruce DeGrilla, was representing Central Arizona State at the meet, running a time of 10.94 in the 100 metres heats and then placing eighth in the finals with 11.07. DeGrilla also placed second in the long jump after a leap of 7.50 metres. The winning mark was 7.53.

Both Webb and DeGrilla had to pull out of the recent Carifta Games in Martinique because of school commitments.

Meanwhile, veteran runner Peggy Couper set a provincial and New Brunswick record for ten kilometres last weekend when she took 53min 30sec to complete the distance in the Runway Run on the Saint John Airport runway. Couper, the mother of Ashley Estwanik, Bermuda's leading female distance runner, was competing in the 70-plus age category.

“I only did the run because I was looking for company to get some miles in,” Couper said yesterday. “Lots of runners were in it, about 400. I was very surprised when I got the e-mail from a new running acquaintance that I now hold a new provincial record for over 70s in the 10K. It put a big smile on my face.”

Couper added that the race was held during a time of day that she least fancies. “It was a 1.30pm race and I really don't like running at that hour, but the race had to be centred around flight arrivals and departures.

“The airspace totally closed for the duration, of course!”

Kyle Webb: Set a Bermuda junior record for the 400 metres, previously held by Shaquille Dill.

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Published May 10, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated May 10, 2014 at 1:31 am)

Generation clash as Webb and Couper excel

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