Jamaican middle-distance runner Titania Markland broke the University of Minnesota 400 metres school record en route to winning bronze at the Big10 Conference Championships a short while ago.
The Gophers Senior set a huge personal best in finishing 3rd (51.40) in a hotly contested Women’s 400m final at Indiana’s Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex.
The event was won by Brionna Thomas (51.13) ahead of Maggie Barrie who just edged Markland out of the silver medal position.
Markland made significant progress in what is her final Big 10 Conference Championships. She came in with a personal best of 52.64 set in April, which marks an improvement of well over one second.
She first lowered her PR in winning heat 4 of the preliminary round yesterday, clocking 52.05 to finish with the 3rd fastest time heading in today’s final.
The mark should place the former St. Mary High School athlete, who was ranked 27th coming into the championships, inside the top 10 of the NCAA season rankings.
The bronze adds to the silver she won at the BIG10 Indoor Conference Championships in the 600m in February. She set a personal best of 1:26.75 en route to finishing second. She also set a personal best in the 800m at the Beach Invitational last month.