USA’s Shawnti Jackson in the women's 100m heats at the U20 World track and field championships 2022

FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas standout freshman sprinter Shawnti Jackson clocked an impressive college-leading indoor time of 52.10 seconds to win the women’s 400 meters at the 2024 Arkansas Invitational on Friday, January 12.

Jackson, 18, significantly improved her previous indoor best of 54.94 seconds, set in 2022 in Virginia Beach. Her performance in Fayetteville on Friday also eclipsed her outdoor personal best of 52.29 seconds, establishing her as a 2024 world leader at both senior and junior levels.

Additionally, Jackson’s time in heat five not only won her the race but also broke the meet record of 52.16 seconds set by LaVerne Jones in 2007.

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The American standout sprinter bettered the previous world-leading time of 53.18 secs, set by Ireland’s Phil Healy earlier this month.

However, she narrowly missed entering the Razorbacks’ all-time top 10 by just 0.04 seconds.

Meanwhile, Kaylyn Brown, also from Arkansas, secured second overall with a time of 53.04 seconds in heat four, a substantial improvement from her previous best of 57.62 seconds.

Ashanti Denton, another Arkansas sprinter, finished third overall with a time of 53.28 seconds, placing second in heat four.

Shawnti Jackson’s List of Accolades Includes:

Shawnti Jackson’s track career is already marked by significant achievements.

She is a 4 x 400m World Junior Champion (2022), a 4 x 100m World Junior Championships silver medallist (2022), and a 100m World Junior Championships bronze medallist (2022).

Recently, British magazine Athletics Weekly recognized Jackson as the International U20 Female Athlete of the Year, based on their Reader’s Choice Awards.

Additionally, Jackson is set to receive the 2023 USATF Youth Athlete of the Yearaward at the Night of Legends during the USATF annual meeting on Saturday evening.

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