800 me­tres for Rista in 2017?

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Hu­bert Lawrence Gleaner Writer

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.



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