Bromfield to run 400m hurdles at Carifta Trials
Commonwealth Youth Games champion Junelle Bromfield will run her first 400 metres hurdles race of the 2016 season at this weekend's Carifta Trials. Bromfield has performed well in the 400 and 800 metres but hasn't yet contested a hurdles race. The St Elizabeth Technical High School standout is nevertheless optimistic.
With ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championships just around the corner, the Trials present a final opportunity for the World Youth Championship finalist to get some race preparation in time. Speaking last week in reference to her seventh place finish at that meet in Cali Columbia, she said, "I'm planning to redeem myself from the disappointment in World Youth, so that's the aim.
"I've been working on my technique," the Reynaldo Walcott-coached athlete offered.
"I haven't done any hurdles races this season but you'll see me in one very soon," she hinted. Asked whether this would be the trials, she answered, "Yes."
She has the fastest times by a Jamaican schoolgirl in the 400m - 52.43 seconds - and the 800 metres - 2 minutes 07.37 seconds. However, after stopping at the first hurdle in the heats at last year's Boys and Girls' Champs, she went on to great things. Bromfield set a personal best of 58.07 seconds at the National Junior Championships with success at the Commonwealth Youth Games to follow.
The fastest Jamaican junior in the event this year is Shannon Kalawan of Edwin Allen High. The diminutive Kalawan won the Central Championships title in 57.20 seconds. Bromfield, Kalawan and the rest of the nation's best Under 20 athletes will compete for places on this year's Carifta team at the National Stadium on March 5 and 6.