Russell leading UTech from in front
Janieve Russell, who lowered the women's 400m hurdles record at last year's National Commercial Bank Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships, remains confident of leading her University of Technology (UTech) team to success at this weekend's championships at the National Stadium.
The former Holmwood Technical outstanding athlete captained team for two consecutive years.
She is now in her second year as UTech's captain and looking to lead them to another triumph in her final year at the institution.
The championships will get under way today and tomorrow, starting at 1 p.m.
Russell set a new record of 55:83 seconds, and she is ready to lead from the front.
"I can do it. Once I remain injury free and execute my race good, it will be erased," she said.
Twenty-two-year old Russell might be well aware that this is where World Championships 200m silver medallist Elaine Thompson, along with Julian Forte, launched themselves.
"Hopefully, I will be the next big thing. I was there shining with them also, but I guess their shine outdid me because I broke the record last year in the 400m hurdles, so this year, I am hoping to be on top," she told STAR Sports.
Russell revealed that her season would begin at today's NCB Intercol due to a late-season start but contends that she will be working to make it to the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Brazil.
"I will be using this Intercollegiate Championships as a training ground. I started back training late, but I will be looking to see if I can surprise myself and go near that mark or break that mark," she stressed.