Bloomfield heads four for Auburn
Former Kingston College outstanding quarter miler, Akeem Bloomfield will be one of four local junior athletes who will leave the island tomorrow to take up track and field scholarships at the University of Auburn, Alabama in the United States .
Also leaving tomorrow are Bloomfield's Kingston College teammate, Sherwayne Allen, and the St Jago High duo of Raheem Chambers and Natalliah Whyte.
Bloomfield, the national junior record holder over 400 metres has had a good season this year despite injuries. He won the Carifta Under 20 400m and the Class one 400m title at Boys & Girls Championships.
He will study Software Engineering at Auburn.
"I am very excited at the opportunity of going to a tertiary institution. I am glad for the opportunity of continuing my athletic career at Auburn as well. It is a good school environment which I think will be beneficial to my development," he said.
Allen, who will be majoring in Civil Engineering, will also continue doing the 400m hurdles where he had his best season this year.
Allen was fourth at the Champs, Penn Relays, and National Junior Championships where he recorded a personal best of 51.97 seconds.
Chambers, who will be majoring in Exercise Science, was a silver medallist in the Champs class one 100m at where he clocked a personal best 10.25 seconds. He also represented Jamaica at the World Under 20 Championships where he finished sixth in the men's 100m and was also a member of the 4x100 metres relay team which finished fourth in the finals.
Whyte had an outstanding high school career.
She was a double sprint champion in class one last year. In 2014 she was a finalist for Jamaica at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon in the 200 metres.