Alva Henry had a busy day in Bolivar, Missouri on Saturday.
The soon-to-be 19-year-old from Dennery competed at the SBU Bearcat Classic, hosted by Southwest Baptist University.
Representing Lincoln University, the freshman was meant to run the mile relay, flat 400 and 400m hurdles, the latter an event in which he holds the Saint Lucia national record.
But with less than 90 minutes between the three, Alva was limited to his two individual events, and in his new main event, he acquitted himself with aplomb.
In the flat 400, Henry was ninth, crossing the line in 50.45 seconds, a time he admitted was disappointing. But just about 40 minutes later, he made amends with a fourth-place finish in the one-lap hurdles, stopping the clock at 55.30 seconds.
The time was some four seconds faster than the previous national record for the event, even more noteworthy as this is just Henry’s third official race.
The Lincoln Blue Tigers won three events en route to a third-place finish, including a 400m hurdles victory in 52.31, a time he says has to be his next target.
“I am looking at putting that record out of reach,” he said. “I ran less than 45 minutes after running the open 400m, so I know I can do much better. Great feeling, especially being new to the event. I thank the man above as always.”