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Bromfield to start hurdles season at Carifta Trials

Published:Wednesday | March 2, 2016 | 3:00 AMHubert Lawrence
Bromfield

Commonwealth Youth Games champion, Junelle Bromfield, will run her first 400-metre 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 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.

"I'm planning to redeem myself from the disappointment in World Youth, so that's the aim," said Bromfield last week in reference to her seventh place finish at that meet in Cali, Colombia.

"I've been working on my technique very much," the Reynaldo Walcott-coached athlete offered. "I haven't done any hurdles races this season, but you'll see me in one very soon."

Asked whether this would be the trials, she answered, "Yes."

She has the fastest times by a Jamaican schoolgirl in the 400 52.43 seconds and the 800 metres two 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.