Malone Moves Within .13 of Olympic Games 400m Qualifier

Chantel Malone ran the second fastest time of her career in the Cayman Islands

MAY 10—Chantel Malone ran a season’s best and came within .13 of her 400m personal best and the Olympic Games B qualifying standard, when she placed fourth in the inaugural Cayman Islands Invitational at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in Grand Cayman last night.

Running on the outside corridor from lane eight, the multiple National Record holder who ran 52.60 seconds in her last outing, placed fourth in 52.48 seconds.

“It’s a season's best so I'm thankful for the run,” Malone who ran blindly with the field at her back said. “I wish I was on the inner lanes. I think if I was then it would have been a better race. I got out good but relaxed on the curve. By the time I felt them on my shoulder it was kind of late to kick but I fought back.”

Malone kicked off a busy weekend for the territory’s leading female athletes. Britney Wattley will compete in the ECAC/IC4A Championships in Princeton, New Jersey.

Illinois Sr. Ashley Kelly, will bring the curtains down on her Big 10 Conference Championships career, when she competes at the outdoor conference championships in Madison, Wisconsin, starting on Friday.

Portland State Vikings Sr. Dominique Maloney will compete in the Big Sky Conference in Bozeman, Montana on Friday and Saturday.

Karene King will head to Los Angele, California s for a meet at Cal State LA.

Sprinter Tahesia Harrigan, coming off her second race since an injury, will run in the Ponce Grand Prix in Puerto Rico on Saturday.

Meanwhile, several home-based athletes will head to Barbados for the weekend Austin Sealy Classic.