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Foote looking to break records this year

Published:Monday | January 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMKavarly Arnold/Gleaner Writer
Shaquena Foote

Last year's CARIFTA Games Under-18 800m silver medallist Shaquena Foote, of Petersfield High School, is looking forward to an outstanding 2018 season.

Foote followed up her brilliant clocking of 11:20.87 done at the COCAA First Chance Athletics Meet at Rusea's High School last week, in the 3000m, with 2:19.33 in the Class 2 800m at the JAAA/PUMA Development Meet - Kirkvine at Manchester on Saturday.

"I hope to do well in both events this season, winning them both at Champs and making the national team," said Foote. She added that the World Juniors, which would be the most recognised event on the junior calendar, is her ultimate goal for the season.

"I'm looking forward to the running a personal best, or even breaking the 800m record at the World Under 20 Championships later down in the season."

Foote said that despite the World Under 20s being her and her coach's primary focus this year, she also has an eye on the CARIFTA games set for Nassau, Bahamas from March 30 to April 2. She is also hoping to get a shot at the 400m again, after placing sixth last year at the World Under 18 Championships in Nairobi, Kenya.

"Preparations have been well so far and I'm putting in all the extra work. So I think I can manage it also. I'm not sure what my coach has planned, but if given the opportunity I will win it (400m)," Foote said.

The emergence of Foote in global Track and Field has been exciting to the community of Williamsfield in Westmorland, according to her father Delton Foote, who believes his daughter has what it takes to surpass last year's achievements.

"She has a great impact on the family and the whole community that is behind her 100 percent," her father said. "I think she is going to do even better this year because she has overcome injury and looks to be in a more positive and determined mindset than had last year," he added.