NCAA D2 Indoors 2019
Jamaican hurdler Shannon Kalawan clocked a huge personal best in the 400 metres at the Carolina Challenge meet in Columbia, South Carolina and takes over the top spot in the NCAA Division 2 season rankings.
The Saint Augustine’s University junior clocked 52.71 to improve upon her previous indoor best of 54.54 by almost two full seconds.
The diminutive Kalawan was pushed as she went up against NCAA Division 1 and professional competition. She had to fight from behind and closed fast to finish runner-up to Guyanese Aliyah Abrams, who also clocked a personal best in the win.
Here's a look at Aliyah's run, her fastest 400 as a Gamecock. Her time of 52.58 moves her from No. 6️⃣ to No. 3️⃣ in the NCAA this year. pic.twitter.com/Jb7NmqfRZh
— Gamecock Track & XC (@GamecockTrack) February 1, 2019
Kalawan surpasses compatriot Rene Ambersley’s 53.62 at the top of the Division rankings for the event.
The mark moves her up to No.2 on the Lady Falcons’ programs all-time list just behind Johnsie Liles’ 52.61.
The former Edwin Allen star, who is the reigning Division 2 Indoor and Outdoor 400m champion as well as the Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, is also No.2 all-time in the outdoor 400m and 400m hurdles.