Aug. 20, 2009
AUBURN - Four Auburn All-American Josanne Lucas earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter hurdles Thursday, breaking her own national record at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany.
Lucas, a native of Trinidad and Tobago, raced to a personal-best time of 53.20 seconds, smashing her national record of 53.98 that she set on Tuesday during the semifinals. She became the first female athlete from Trinidad and Tobago to ever win a medal at the World Championships.
Lucas is the second former Tiger to earn a medal at the World Championships this year, joining Kerron Stewart, who took the silver medal in the women's 100 meters for Jamaica.
Also on Thursday, Shamar Sands of the Bahamas came up just short of his bid to reach the finals of the men's 110-meter hurdles. Sands clocked a time of 13.47 seconds in the semifinals, finishing 15th overall, but his time was just .04 seconds slower than the final qualifier.
On Friday, former Tiger Jovanee Jarrett will compete in the qualification round of the women's long jump for Jamaica, and Marc Burns will participate in the 4x100-meter relay heats for Trinidad and Tobago.
Complete information on the World Championships can be found at www.iaaf.org.