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St Hillaire speeds to historic 300m victory
University of Kentucky senior Dwight St Hillaire. Courtesy University of Kentucky

St Hillaire speeds to historic 300m victory

Go Back : Guardian : Rachael Thompson-King : 14.12.2021

T&T's Dwight St Hillaire of the University of Kentucky (UK) had a record-breaking start to his season, winning the men's 300 metres in a time of 32.70 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history at the Cardinal Classic in Louisville, Kentucky, USA on Saturday.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympian broke his own school record of 32.83, to lead in a sweep by UK "Wildcats" with four more Wildcats finishing with all-time top-10 times for Kentucky, according to the school's website, in the timed final on the track at the Norton Health Care Sports and Learning Centre.

St Hillaire crossed first in section one of three, ahead Lance Lang, who was runner-up with a time of 33.04, the second fastest in the school's history. Kennedy Lightner was third in the race (33.07) and now third-fastest for Kentucky all-time. Jacob Smith finished in fourth (33.86) earning a spot as the fifth-quickest 300m runner in UK history, and lastly Langston Jackson finished fifth (34.28) for the sixth-best 300m spot in UK history.

St Hillaire later combined with Lightner, Lang and Brian Faust to form Kentucky's squad A team and went on to win the 4x400m relay event with a 3:12.10-clocking. He ran the second leg to help his team top section one of three in the timed finals, to beat section two winner, Kentucky's B squad of Kenroy Williams, Smith, Beck O'Daniel and Jacob Sobota into second place with 3:20.24. In third place was Eastern Kentucky (Drew Sawyers, Bruce Favors, Andrew Moss, Liam Kaune), second in section one, with 3:28.67.