Allen looking forward to Auburn challenge
After a fabulous season in his first year after leaving high school where he was member of Jamaica's silver medal-winning Men's 4x400m relay team at this year's Olympic Games, former St Jago high quarter-miler Nathon Allen will head to the University of Auburn.
He will join up with former teammate at St Jago Raheem Chambers and Kingston College duo of Akeem Bloomfield and Sherwayne Allen in a few days to start his collegiate career.
Allen will be going to Auburn with a lot of experience and is full of confidence after his successful year at the senior level.
The Gleaner recently caught up with the 21-year-old Allen during a training session with his high school coach Danny Hawthorne at Wolmer's Boys' School where Hawthorne is now the Head Track and Field Coach.
"I am excited going to Auburn and joining up with people like Bloomfield and company. I cant wait and I am expecting to build on the wonderful season I had the past year as next year will be a World Championship year and it will be a different year for me in different aspects. I wont be around my family as I am used to and I am hoping that God will help me to carry through with my schoolwork and also to achieve great things in track and field," said Allen when asked about his projections for the upcoming season.
Allen, one of the youngest Jamaicans at the past Olympic Games, still holds the Olympic experience close to his heart.
"First, I have to give God thanks. Overall, it went well for me although it didn't go the way I wanted it to go individually, but I went to the Under-23 Championships and the Olympic Games and did well and I am grateful for that," Allen said. "Going to the Olympics coming just out of high school it was a great feeling. As young as I am, to be among great athletes like Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Usain Bolt was pretty cool."
"At first, I felt intimidated being among these great athletes you watched on television growing up and to be among their company was very special but after a while I told myself that we are all there for the same goal," said Allen.
Coach Hawthorne who also conditioned the likes of Blake and Nickeal Ashmeade during their time at St. Jago, thinks Allen is a special talent.
"Nathon is very special and to achieve so much in one year at the senior level is indeed awesome. I will miss coaching him but he has taken a brave step to go overseas and I am happy for him because education is very important and I want to wish him all the best in the future," said Hawthorne.