Alfred Larry wins outdoor national title in 400 meter dash

Alfred Larry wins outdoor national title in 400 meter dash

MESA, Ariz. - Alfred Larry put a cap on a stellar sophomore track season, easily winning the men's 400 meter dash at the NJCAA Track and Field Championships at John D. Riggs Stadium. 

Larry, who had also won the indoor national championship earlier this year in New York City, ran 45.80 at the outdoor meet and was the only runner to break 46 seconds in the event.

He had won his heat of preliminaries the night before, holding off Fred Kerly of South Plains. His time, however, was only third fastest among the nine qualifiers for Saturday's finals. When it came to the final race, Larry broke away from the pack down the final straightaway and won the race by two strides.

Larry also was a key member of Butler's 4x400 meter relays, which placed fifth nationally. Shaquille AlleyneSteven Calloway and Leroy Moore joined Larry on the relay and ran a time of 3:10.27.

Those were the only two events in which Butler scored points at the national meet, but the 14 points were still enough to place the Butler men's team 16th in the nation.

You can watch video of Alfred Larry's 400 meter dash HERE.


In other Butler events at the national track and field championships:

- Josie Wright placed 20th in the hammer throw (120-11).

- The men's 4x100 team (Alfred Larry, Steven Calloway, Justin Breaux, Deandre Wade) placed 10th, just missing qualifying for the finals in 41.13

- The women's 4x800 relay team (Janell Kidd, Tricia Trupe, Jonelle Reinert and Madison Wedekind) placed 11th nationally in 10:08.26

- Ashanna Hodge was 10th in the women's 400 meter hurdles in 1:03.13, just missing qualifying for finals.

- Steven Calloway was 19th (21.74) and Justin Breaux was 25th (22.09) in the men's 200 meter dash

- The women's 4x400 relay (Ashanna Hodge, Jonelle Reinert, Sueshi-Ann Halliman, Madison Wedekind) was 13th in 4:01.5.