800 metres for Rista in 2017?
OLYMPIC 400 metres hurdles finalist Ristananna Tracey is hoping to run some 800-metre races in 2017. Tracey expressed the intention at a recent function to honour her, and Anniesha McLaughlin-Whilby and Sashalee Forbes at the G.C. Foster College for Physical Education. She believes that running the two-lap race will enhance her finish in the 400-metre hurdles.
In a review of her 2016 training, the 24-year-old Sprintec athlete acknowledged, “As you all know, I didn’t run any 800s this season.
“That’s where I think my strength is,” she said, “so I think we are going to be looking at that part of my race and improve in that area.”
During her days at Edwin Allen, Tracey was a steadfast 800 metres runner. She did a marvellous 400/800/400 hurdles triple in her last year – 2011 – at Boys and Girls’ Championships, cutting Melaine Walker’s 400-metre hurdles record of 56.55 seconds to 55.81 along the way. She clocked an 800 metres personal best of 2 minutes 03.97 seconds after Champs and dazzled everyone by matching the fastest-ever 800 metres leg by an high school athlete at the Penn Relays with a time of 2.03.2.