Herbert becomes third BVI athlete under 47.00 seconds in 400m

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Khari Herbert, left on his way to finishing fourth in the CIAA Conference Championships in 46.81 seconds in the 400m, improving his best from 47.21.

Khari Herbert, left on his way to finishing fourth in the CIAA Conference Championships in 46.81 seconds in the 400m, improving his best from 47.21.

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

St. Augustine’s sophomore Khari Herbert became just the third British Virgin Islands male athlete to break 47.00 seconds for 400m, when he placed fourth in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Conference Championships held at Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va., on Saturday.

Herbert was timed in 46.81 seconds and moved to No. 2 on the BVI All Time List in helping the Falcons to add the CIAA Outdoor Conference title to the indoor one they won February. The Falcons amasses 158 points to win their 18th consecutive CIAA title.

Herbert lowered his best of 47.21 from 2013 and ran 47.23 in the prelims to qualify for the final. He missed the 200m final after running 21.82 seconds to place fourth in his heat with the ninth best time overall.

In New Jersey, sprinter Ashley Kelly won a sprint double at the Larry Ellis Invitational in Princeton. Kelly had times of 11.88 seconds and a season’s best of 23.68 in the 200m for the best mark by a BVI female so far this season. She will open her 400m campaign in St. Maarten on May 9.

Sprinter Tahesia Harrigan-Scott was second in her 100m heat with a wind aided time off 11.36 seconds, in the NTC/Pure Athletics Invitational in Clermont, Fla. She ran 11.48 to advance to the final.

Chantel Malone was fourth in the Mt. SAC Invitational Long Jump on Saturday, when she cut the sand with a best mark of 6.36m, during a effort that had a +2.1 meters per second tailwind. Sprinter Karene King finished seventh in the 100m in Friday night in 11.82 seconds and she was sixth in the 200m on Saturday, in 24.09 seconds.

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