Eastern grad Jewel Ash, a sophomore at Charleston Southern, won her second straight Big South Conference 400-meter intermediate hurdles title and broke the 58-second barrier for the third straight time.
Ash, who ran a personal-best and meet-record 57.16 in the trials on Monday, won the final in 57.92 at High Point, N.C. She won by nearly a second over Dejah Grant of Hampton, who was second in 58.89.
Ash won the 400IH at last year’s Big South Championships in 1:00.51 after a 59.50 in the trials that was her first race under a minute. She broke 59 for the first time with a 58.83 last month in Greensboro, N.C.
Next for Ash is the NCAA East Preliminary at the Robert Haugh Track and Field Complex at the University of Indiana in Bloomington, May 25-28. The NCAA Championships are scheduled for June 8-11 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.