It was a busy three day tour of Southern California for a small group of Lions this past weekend and for Divya Biswal, it was one for the record books.
With stops at Cal State University – Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University and Long Beach State University, Biswal broke the nearly 15 year old club record in the triple jump not once, but twice in two days, adding 37 cm to the old standard.
The record fell first Friday night at the Bryan Clay Invitational on the campus of of Azusa Pacific University when the former NCAA Division III champion bounded out to a new lifetime best of 12.89m.
While spending her days working as an analyst on Wall Street, Biswal has been steadily improving in her second year out of university, highlighted by her 13.11m record performance to win in Long Beach on Saturday – the third personal best of the season.
However, Divya’s excellence was restricted to bounding thrice, but also the long jump where she cracked the six metre barrier for the first time on Thursday in winning at Cal State Los Angeles with a leap of 6.01m. The performance moves her to third in club history.
On the track, Saj Alhadad lowered his personal best by the narrowest of margins Friday, running 52.47 in the 400m hurdles at Azusa. His previous best of 52.48 was set last year. He currently ranks seventh in club history.