By Kimberly Allen, writer

St. Catherine High School, not traditional known as one of Jamaica's track and field powerhouses, but is attracting overseas talent.

The school, which placed 10th in this year's Boys and Girls Championship, has welcomed young Julien Alfred to their family. Julien, a St. Lucian, was named as the most promising athlete ever in her country and at age 14 has two records of her own. 

The Leon Hess Comprehensive Secondary School past student won 4 out of the 7 heptathlon at July’s Sagicor Central American and Caribbean Age Group Championships. She finished with a record 4,466 points in the event.

The St. Lucian has high hopes of leaving her mark on next year's Championship and lowering her personal records of 11.76s in the 100m and 24.27s in the 200m (National Record).

Alfred when asked about the transition, she told the Observer, "it's been good so far. Food is good, but training in Jamaica is harder than what I do back in St. Lucia".

 Marlon James, the man in charge at the St. Catherine High School track and field program, said, “She is about 60 per cent, she had some shin splints. She is just getting into the real part of the training now. She is very loaded at the moment and doing a lot of gym work strengthening some weak areas.”


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