ALBANY, N.Y. – University at Albany alumna and volunteer assistant coach Grace Claxton will compete for Puerto Rico at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, England this weekend. It will be Claxton’s second time competing at World Indoors.
Claxton, who has competed internationally for three years, including stints at the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio and the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, will race in the 400m. In the 2016 World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, Claxton reached the semifinals and ultimately placed 11th overall in 53.67. Claxton has placed 16th in the 400m hurdles in the 2017 World Championships and 14th at the 2016 Olympics.
Claxton’s coach in England is UAlbany Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Roberto Vives, who was selected by the Federación de Atletismo de Puerto Rico to be the head coach of the Puerto Rico delegation for the World Indoor Championships. Vives recruited Claxton to UAlbany from Puerto Rico and has been her coach for the last four years. Vives previously coached for Team USA in the North America, Central America, and Caribbean Games in Costa Rica in 2015.
The women’s 400m heats are scheduled for Friday, March 2 at 12:10 p.m. local time (7:10 a.m. Eastern).