Deptford grad Kiara Lester runs historic sprint double for Penn State at Big 10 Championships!!!!!

What a Big 10 meet for Deptford graduate Kiara Lester!

Lester, now a Penn State junior, had a huge breakthrough at the Big 10 Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, running sizable PRs in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes.

Lester ran 23.71 in the 200 and 53.78 in the 400, placing fourth in both races. She also ran a 54.8 third leg on Penn State’s fifth-place 1,600-meter relay team, which ran 3:41.39.

Coming into the meet at the University of Michigan, Lester had an indoor 200 PR of 24.10 from a meet last February at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, and an overall PR of 24.05 a meet in Charlottesville, Va., last April.

She lowered her indoor PR to 24.07 in the trials before blowing both PRs out of the water in the finals with her 23.71.

In the 400, Lester arrived at the Big 10 meet with an indoor PR of 54.54 from a meet at Clemson earlier this month. Her college indoor 400 PR before two weeks ago was a 56.53 from last year, also at Clemson. Outdoors she’s run 54.74.

She PR’d twice in the 400 as well, with a 54.31 in the trials before her 53.78 in the finals.

Lester had PRs of 24.83 and 55.83 indoors at Deptford and 24.32 and 55.72 outdoors.

ALL-TIME PENN STATE INDOOR 200-METER DASH LIST
22.60 … Consuella Moore, 2004
22.98 … Shavon Greaves, 2010
22.93 … Mahagony Jones, 2014
23.48 … Shana Cox, 2005
23.48 … Kiah Seymour, 2014
23.55 … Keianna Albury, 2017
23.67 … Caitlin DeFusco, 2010
23.71 … Kiara Lester, 2019

ALL-TIME PENN STATE INDOOR 400-METER DASH LIST
52.31 … Shana Cox, 2007
52.53 … Fawn Dorr, 2010
52.53 … Kiah Seymour, 2014
53.14 … Shavon Greaves, 2010
53.15 … Dominique Blake, 2008
53.78 … Kiara Lester, 2019
53.87 … Dynasty McGee, 2013
53.96 … Gayle Hunter, 2008

Only two girls in Penn State history have run as fast as Lester in both the 200 and 400 – Shana Cox and Shavon Greaves, a Lakewood High graduate.

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