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Kineke shines at NCAA championships

Kineke shines at NCAA  championships

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Kineke Alexander has again set a new national 400 M record, the third occasion in 14 months.

Alexander clocked 51.35 seconds, last Saturday at the US NCAA outdoor championships in Sacramento, shaving 0.36 seconds off the old mark of 51.71 set in June last year.

She first broke the national record at the Mt. SAC relays held at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium- Walnut California April 15, 2005. She finished the one lap event in 52.73 seconds.{{more}}

The Iowa State University sophomore placed second in last Saturday’s event.

And, many Vincentians had an opportunity to see her in action as the meet was televised live on channel 4 on the local cable network.

The 20-year-old Alexander from Glenside in the Marriaqua Valley and former St. Joseph’s Convent Marriaqua student is the reigning US college indoor champion in the 400M.

Alexander clocked 52.16 seconds in March of this year to write her name in the university’s history as the first sprinter to take a national title.

Alexander is fast consolidating herself as one of the most decorated athletes in Iowa’s set up, notching up several records and titles. Her achievement last Saturday pushed her to her fourth all American honours.

Following her under par performance at her debut outing at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in March, Alexander should be looking forward to the CAC seniors set for Cartegna, Colombia in July.

At the Commonwealth Games, Alexander clocked 52.95 seconds to place fourth in heat two of the Female 400M. Her 52.19 in the semi-final was not enough for her to get to the final as she docked in sixth.

Alexander won gold at the 400M at Junior CAC returning 53.93 seconds in Mexico in 2004.

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