Jamaican quarter-miler Nathon Allen is the SEC Championships Men’s 400 metres champion.
The University of Auburn sophomore broke clocked a seasons best 44.28 seconds to win the title just ahead of University of Tennessee’s Nathan Strother (44.34). Trinidad and Tobago’s Dwight St. Hillaire, a freshman, was a commendable 3rd with a new University of Kentucky school record 45.05.
Jamaican sensation Akeem Bloomfield did not face the starter after feeling some discomfort during warmups.
Allen’s time broke Moncur’s previous school record of 44.45 set at the 2001 NCAA Championships. It also was a facility and is the second-fastest time ever run at the SEC Championships.
The former St. Jago High School standout now takes over the No.1 spot on the NCAA rankings and is the 4th fastest in the world so far this year.
Allen is Auburn’s first 400m SEC Champion since Moncur in 2001 and won the Tigers’ first conference title since 2012.