BIRMINGHAM, England – University at Albany alumna and volunteer assistant coach Grace Claxton placed 27th overall in the women’s 400m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships Friday morning. She crossed the line in 53.92.
Claxton ran in the fifth of six heats early Friday morning Eastern Time. The top four finishers in her heat qualified for the semifinals, tying heat one for the most qualifiers. Claxon did not advance to the semifinals.
The top overall qualifier was American Courtney Okolo, who finished in 51.54. Thirty-three runners competed in the women’s 400m Friday morning.
The semifinals were contested a few hours later. American Shakima Wimbley qualified first for the finals in 51.34. Okolo qualified second in 51.79. The finals will run on Saturday, March 3 at 8:05 p.m. local time (3:05 p.m. Eastern).
Claxton will continue her training and move back to her signature event, the 400m hurdles, with the start of the outdoor season.