The New Zealand team of Portia Bing, Brooke Cull, Zoe Ballantyne and Louise Jones set a New Zealand national record of 3:34.62 in the heats of the 4 x 400m relay.
This betters the time of 3:35.90 set by the New Zealand team of Rebecca Wardell, Anna Smyth, Caro Hunt and Jane Arnott in Brisbane in 1999.
The latest squad had improved on this at a trial in Hamilton in April with 3:35.60 but this could not be ratified as they were the only team racing.
Ballantyne said that it was an unforgettable experience.
“It’s something I’m never going to forget running in a crowd that big. All I’m used to is the couple of people at Mt Smart Stadium,” she said.
“We got the New Zealand record so we all ran our best,” said Jones.
Cull said that as a team running for their third time we’ve done a PB together.
“We gave it our best and come up here and had a great time so it was good,” said Cull.
Bing who led off said it was a crazy experience for her.
“To come from heptathlon and within five weeks to be a 400 metre runner and to start the relay, it’s a bit of a challenge but I’m glad I stepped up and took on the role, because honestly being here I think all of us can develop as athletes and help us get to the next stage,” said Bing.
Their next goal is the world championships in Beijing next year.
Athletics New Zealand Correspondent