Wray deemed 6th fastest 400m runner in Kansas State University history

Cayman Islands’ national athlete Shalysa Wray now holds the 6th fastest 400m time ever ran by a female competing out of Kansas State University (KSU).

The 21-year-old KSU sophomore ran the 400m at her school’s DeLoss Dodds Invitational indoor meet Saturday (30 Jan.) morning and took first with a new personal best at 54.06.

“I was shocked really, especially after seeing the time,” said Wray. “I’m really grateful to have made it into my school’s history books.”

Wray recently transferred from Xavier University of Louisiana, where she set multiple school records as a freshman in the 400-metre dash. She said the transition has been affable.

“Settling in hasn’t been much of a challenge for me as one of my former teammates from St. Jago (school in Jamaica) and a few other international students were already here so I felt welcomed,” said Wray. “Because of the pandemic we aren’t really allowed to train as a team so I still haven’t met some of the team members as yet.”

Additionally, her performance granted her the current honour of being the fourth fastest 400m female runner in the Big 12 Conference so far this year.

Kansas State University Women’s 400m record holders.

Pos.NameTimeRecord Set
1stDonniece Parrish53.152008
2ndShunte Thomas53.232006
3rdBelinda Hope53.271995
6thShalysa Wray54.062021

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