RALEIGH, N.C. (May 17) – Saint Augustine’s University standout Shannon Kalawan (Jr./Westmoreland, Jamaica) was named NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Friday.
Kalawan captured the award for the second straight year after another outstanding season. She ranks first nationally in Division II in the 400 hurdles (57.37) and 400 dash (52.97), and is part of the nation’s top-ranked 4×400 relay squad (3:35.03). The SAU junior will defend her national titles in all three events at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships in Kingsville, Texas, on May 23-25.
Highlights from this season include a 400 hurdles victory in the Penn Relays, running her season-best time in the event. She won the 400 hurdles for the second straight year at the prestigious meet. She also was the CIAA Women’s Outdoor Runner of the Year for the second consecutive season.
A gifted sprinter and hurdler for the Lady Falcons, Kalawan will try to duplicate last year’s success when she won the 400 dash, 400 hurdles and 4×400 relay in the national championship meet after winning regional honors. Her performance at the meet earned her the NCAA Division II Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year award in 2018.