Deptford grad Kiera Lester, now at Texas Tech, runs sub-54!

Kiara Lester, a Deptford High School graduate and grad student at Texas Tech, ran sub-54 for 400 meters for the first time outdoors in a meet in Lubbock, Texas.

Lester ran 53.99 at the Masked Rider Open, lowering her outdoor PR of 54.08, which she set at the 2019 Big Ten Championships, while she was attending Penn State.

Her lifetime best is a 53.37 from the winter of 2020, when she won the 400 at the Big Ten Championships at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Lester had a high school PR of 55.72 from when she won the state Group 3 title in South Plainfield in the spring of 2015.

Looks like Lester’s time is No. 12 in Texas Tech history outdoors:

51.39 … Shereefa Lloyd, 2005
52.21 … Montenae Roye-Speight, 2014
52.22 … Licretia Sibley, 2004
52.32 … Sara Limp, 2018
52.60 … Candace Jackson, 2011
52.63 … Taylor Evans, 2010
53.20 … Olivia Lewis, 2012
53.35 … Christen Rivers, 2013
53.55 … Marika Brown, 2017
53.62 … Ngozi Iwu, 1999
53.94 … Trudeann Clarke, 2009
53.99 … Kiera Lester, 2021

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