Saint Lucia’s Allana Paul ends in prelims at NAIA nationals

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Saint Lucia’s Allana Paul ends in prelims at NAIA nationals
Allana Paul (in front)

(SNO) — Saint Lucian sprinter Allana Paul ran in two preliminary races on day two of the NAIA Indoor Track National Championships Friday in Brookings, S.D., competing for the Briar Cliff University women’s track and field team.

Unfortunately, the freshman phenom just missed out on qualifying for the finals on Saturday.

Paul’s first performance of the day came in her specialty, the 400m dash. Seeded sixth in the event, she improved on her best time of the season, but other competitors improved even more so as Paul finished third in her heat and ninth overall, one position away from competing in the finals and earning All-American status. Paul ran the 400 in 57.26 seconds, besting her time of 57.53 at last month’s GPAC Championships.

In what wound up being her final race of the season, Paul finished the 200m dash in 25.17 to finish in 11th place. Her personal-best time of 25.38 at the GPAC Championships had her seeded 10th heading into nationals.

“We are very proud of what Allana has accomplished this year,” said head BC track coach Scott Barnes.

“She competed with mostly upperclassmen and fared very well. It was a great national meet for a freshman,” Barnes added. “She ran her season best in both races back-to-back. Getting here as a freshman and experiencing what a national meet is all about will go a long way in her success in years to come.”

The national meet concludes the indoor portion of the schedule for the BC Charger track and field teams.

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