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Johnson, Kalawan, Edie win at NCAA Div 2 Indoor Champs

Published:Monday | March 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMHubert Lawrence/ Gleaner Writer

Jamaicans Diana Johnson, Shannon Kalawan, and Sadeekie Edie shone at the NCAA Division 2 Indoor Championships. On the campus of Pittsburg State University, Johnson, Kalawan, and Edie triumphed for Adams State University, St Augustine's University, and Lincoln University of Missouri, respectively. Johnson took the women's 60m at the event contested on March 9 and 10, with Kalawan and Edie completing the Jamaica triple with success in the women's 400m and the men's long jump, respectively.

Johnson repeated her 2017 victory in 7.26 seconds to win over fellow Jamaican Renee Medley of Lincoln. As a student-athlete, Johnson starred at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Athletics Championships for Holmwood Technical and spent time at the G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sport before moving abroad.

Kalawan, the 2016 World Under-20 400m hurdles second-place finisher, while at Edwin Allen Comprehensive, High edged fellow Jamaican Renee Ambersley by 0.04 to win the 400m. Kalawan's win took 54.54 seconds, and Edie, a former Calabar High School ace, now a teammate of Medley and Ambersley at Lincoln, leapt 7.76m.


The win by Edie was especially sweet because this is his final season of indoor eligibility. He had previous triumph at the same Pittsburg State venue in 2016.

Diana Caldwell, formerly of St Jago High School, leapt onto the podium twice. She spanned 6.15m for third in the long jump and 12.81m to take second in the triple jump. She, too, is a student-athlete at Lincoln, where the head coach is well-known Jamaican Victor 'Poppy' Thomas.

Lincoln finished a strong third in the women's team championship race with 36 points, behind West Texas A&M, on top with 53.